From a Facebook post…
You cannot reason with leftist identity politics ideologues on campus. They do not want to have a debate or a conversation with you. They are certain you are suffering from some combination of unconscious prejudice and unchecked privilege, and they will not legitimize the oppressor by engaging in ‘dialogue’ with him as if he were their moral equal. In their eyes, the topic at hand is *not* a debate, and you cannot understand them until you grasp the implications of that.
I would certainly know — at American University, while I was a columnist for the school newspaper (I identified as a ‘classical liberal’), I tried repeatedly for over a year to convince representatives from both Women’s Initiative and Students for Justice In Palestine to participate in their choice of one-on-one or multi-person panel debates with me and someone else from the College Republicans. I was the most-read and most-responded-to writer in the paper and I wrote constantly on identity politics and campus matters, so it’s not like I didn’t have standing to propose a student debate. Time after time: No, no, no, no, no — “This is not a debate,” “We won’t treat this issue as if there’s your side and my side.”
In essence, these are the moral assumptions of war. If it’s not a debate, the enemy must be destroyed. Their methods of ‘debate’ against me were always attempts at character assassination: I was a ‘reactionary,’ a ‘sexist,’ an ‘elitist,’ a ‘rape apologist,’ etc., despite the fact that I was an openly gay libertine atheist who publicly bashed social conservatism and bourgeois values. No matter — the nature of the event is that you are either with them or against them.
Consequently, explanations about why they are wrong should only be addressed to fence-sitters. Don’t even try to reason with the campus fanatics. Just pronounce swift, unequivocal judgment. Their attitudes are incompatible with liberal democracy. They are censorious. They are arrogant and dismissive. They are not emotionally or spiritually prepared for human life. And what they stand for absolutely must be stopped, because the state of education in this country is already dire enough.