THE NEW KNOW-NOTHINGS: “The gullible young radicals covering the White House, and how they got that way,” as charted by Benjamin Weingarten at City Journal:
Supposedly liberal and tolerant campuses create “safe spaces” limited to certain identity groups and those of a certain ideological inclination. In reality, safe spaces are safe only from the diversity their inhabitants claim to cherish. Activist students decry institutions based in “imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, ableism, and a cissexist heteropatriarchy,” as one group of aggrieved black students at Oberlin described it. One can’t escape the impression that liberal arts schools are more focused on coddling the next generation of community-organizing social-justice warriors than on educating them.
The end product is a cultural and political elite made up of entitled leftists ill-equipped to deal with the realities of a competitive world. As Ronald Reagan would say, the problem with America’s elites is that they know so much that isn’t so. They see things as they wish them to be rather than as they actually are. They can be easily manipulated because they’ve never examined their own assumptions. And this makes them ripe for the plucking by Ben Rhodes and his ilk.
Meanwhile, a terrifying question asked by Christina Hoff Sommers during her interview with Camille Paglia on, as Iowahawk would say, the screaming campus garbage babies’ obsession with safe space and trigger warnings obsession: “What kind of world are we going to have when these people graduate?”
Beyond Ben Rhodes, the 20-something stenographers he so easily manipulates, and petulant man-child Obama himself, perhaps the anti-civil rights sit-in by ancient multimillionaire congressmen is a preview of our near future, as “Campus Comes To Congress.”