The student enemies of The Economist, a comment by Old Socialist

Never fear we are in the ‘safe space’ once inhabited by the paranoid chatter of Allen Bloom of ‘The Closing of The American Mind’ and his two Neo-Conservative allies: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘Illiberal Education’ and Roger Kimball’s ‘Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education’, these three Neo-Conservatives attacked Academia, Bloom from the angle of lazy, unimaginative students addled by rock music and their own narcissism, D’Souza from the angle of a failed educational system, and Kimball from the idea of political apostates, the ‘tenured radicals’ who managed a corrupt system, that perverted the very idea of education.But given the time lapse between our three experts of other decades, the debate about the ‘enemy within’ i.e. the contemporary student body has changed a bit to reflect the times. Yet what is true of yesterday’s ‘enemy’ is true of the political present. That enemy is our own children, cast in the role of the spoiled rotten, or foreshortened to, the scourge of coddled Millennials. The attack from the Conservatives, and their allies, remains the same over the decades ‘students’ are guilty of bad faith and political mendacity prima facie!

Old Socialist

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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