More Campus Censorship

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that “[t]he test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” Nowadays, graduating college students are making it clear that they are not interested in possessing first-rate intelligence; they would much rather hold their own ideas in their minds, and censor anyone whom they believe might tell them something different.

There is an epithet that comes to my mind for people who can’t muster up the nerve to listen to someone with a different–and yet, entirely mainstream and respectable–point of view. That term is “intellectual cowards.” I am sure that there are similar epithets floating around, and I am sure that they would apply just as well.