Jonathan R. Cole inveighs against the ‘coddling of students’or Bloom & D’Souza redux. A comment by Political Observer

What might a reader make of this?

‘This article is part of our Next America: Higher Education project, which is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation.’

The Lumina Foundation has $1.4 billion in assets. One can only wonder at that kind of money, and the pressing question of its source, as inconvenient as that might be for The Atlantic and Bill & Melinda.
Or this:

‘The coddling of students’ minds has resulted in grave restrictions of free speech on campus—but academic leaders are also to blame.’

We are in the territory of Bloom and  D’Souza, of the paranoid demonization of students by Prof. Cole. ‘Coddling’ is the key word in the Reactionary Political Lexicon, or just call a reliable cliche!   The Rebellion Against the Elites, a Financial Times propaganda staple, to describe the rise of Right and Left Wing Populism, hasn’t reached the professor, as a possibly more salient argument than just the usual shopworn demonization: Oh! those ‘Kids’ from Bye Bye Birdie, with an impasto of political hysteria. Paul Lynde’s version had a decided comic edge.

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