A casualty of the culture wars: Humor. One of the things that’s anathema to dictators is humor. That’s why jokes in the former Soviet Union were such a transgressive act. (That’s probably true in Putin’s Russia, too.) In America, we’ve been trained away from telling the old jokes people used to tell — the ones about husbands, wives, mothers-in-law, immigrants, etc. We haven’t just stopped telling the manifestly offensive ones. We’ve stopped telling all of them. There’s always someone to get offended.
…The culture wars ensure only one view on campus. Even if you’re tenured, it takes an enormous amount of moral strength to stand up against those of your “liberal” faculty members who outnumber you by as many as 12 to 1, and to tell them that you’re planning on voting for a man they have convinced themselves is Satan incarnate. They don’t actually have data for his satanism, but he’s vulgar, and of course he’s racist (because he says Mexico unloads criminals on America) and he’s Islamophobic (because he said we should stay immigration from Islamic hot spots until we can vet “refugees” for terror ties or leanings). Meanwhile, they refuse to listen to substantive, fact-based arguments about Hillary’s lawlessness, her disastrous socialist policies, her terrible tenure at State, her health problems, and her savage attacks on women.
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