Wednesday, August 5, 2015

On Book Banning, Self-Hatred, and the End of Liberalism

On Book Banning, Self-Hatred, and the End of Liberalism:

It has become trendy in certain academic circles, and perhaps political circles as well, to criticize America and its place in the world. Not only do some schools ban clothing depicting the American flag in fear that Mexican-American students and illegal immigrants might find it offensive, but also Courts have  found in favor of those doing the banning rather than those expressing pride in their country. Moral and cultural equivalence have become fashionable in schools and universities to amplify past misdeeds, remove them from their historical context, and cherry pick history in order to present an overwhelmingly negative assessment of America’s place in the world.
There’s much more over at Reason.com including further breakdown of respondents and their viewpoints. While there has always been a vocal minority who have sought to ban books, they have always been depicted as a vocal, prudish, or repressive minority. Increasingly, however, the desire to ban rather than debate is infiltrating the mainstream. At issue is the future of American plurality, the ability of students to think critically, and basic notions of liberty. Citizenship and national identity matter and while moral and cultural equivalence might satisfy the guardians of political correctness, they also promote historical inaccuracy. At issue is not the fate of a single book or a national myth, but rather the existence of basic notions of liberty.


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