Millennials want USA to be North Korea: 40% say 'offensive' speech should be criminalized by the government
by: J. D. Heyes
A dangerous trend is emerging on today's college campuses, involving a desire to curb speech, and while that may not concern most Americans, understand that these students won't be students forever – they will be fully-fledged voting members of society, whose heads have obviously been filled with nonsensical garbage.
As noted by New York Magazine, much recent controversy regarding activism on campuses (assisted greatly by an unhealthy dose of mainstream media hysteria), has focused on the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech. Though a number of student (and academic) activists have claimed that what motivates them runs deeper than any single incident, in a number of cases – at Yale, Amherst and Wesleyan, for example – activists "were undeniably galvanized and mobilized by specific pieces of writing," including an email, a flyer and a column.
NYMag noted further:
"In all three cases, they expressed outrage at the conservative viewpoints expressed and demanded that the authors of the materials be punished in some way (or, in the case of Amherst, where the flyers were anonymous, first found out and then punished)."
That said, even some who might be sympathetic to the cause of the activists – much of which centers on alleged acts of racism and other forms of discrimination, as well as broader issues championed by the Black Lives Matter movement – feel it has been a little difficult to stomach demands by college students that some of their peers or even administrators be persecuted just because they expressed a different point of view. And truth be told, the differing points of view are not extreme in any way, regardless of claims they are "offensive" to some.
This won't bode well for America's future
Still, the protests and counter-protests are taking a toll on fundamental constitutional protections listed under the First Amendment, as evidenced in a recent Pew Research Center survey indicating that many millennials are supportive of government restrictions on speech they don't like or don't agree with.
According to a Pew chart of its survey findings, fully 4 in 10 millennials surveyed – 40 percent – have no problem handing the federal government more power to regulate speech (as in, ban certain speech). This, of course, would come on top of existing "hate speech" statutes in which bureaucrats, lawyers and judges get to decide what is and is not "hateful" speech, and which ethnic groups are going to be prosecuted most for violations of hate speech codes (hint: It hasn't been minorities, historically).
Now, according to the survey's findings, overall only 28 percent said they thought the government should have the power to prevent certain speech, but here's the thing: millennials are the up-and-coming ruling generation, and if someday a majority of them feel like some major changes need to be made to the First Amendment, or that its protections should be ignored for certain protected classes of people, then those changes will be implemented.
Remake impressionable young minds in Obama's Marxist image
NYMag was less concerned, however:
"But what exactly does 40 percent mean here? Is it a lot? It's hard to say for two reasons. One is that, as a Pew spokesperson noted in an email, this is the first time the polling firm has asked this question. This makes longitudinal comparisons impossible. It could be the case that there's something unique about millennials that makes them more open to supporting restrictions on free speech; it could also be the case that young people are always more open to this idea, but naturally age out of it, or that there's significant bouncing up and down from generation to generation."
As the saying goes, time will tell. But what is clear is that liberal Marxist authoritarian types who have infiltrated (and controlled) the nation's college campuses play the long game and are well aware that it could take a few generations before such changes to speech are implemented. They even concede that they may not see such changes in their lifetimes. But for now they are willing to play the part.
Why do you think a guy like Obama – who is about as liberal a president as we've ever had – wants as many Americans as possible to go to college? Former U.S. senator and GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum knows why – so impressionable young minds can be "remade" in Obama's image.
Don't look now, but it's already happening.
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