Today’s Tom Woods Letter, which all the influential people receive every weekday. Be one of them.
Once they had called everyone else on earth a “racist” and the word had begun to elicit nothing but eye rolls from normal people, the left had to move on to something else to get people’s attention again.
Hence the recent use of “white supremacist” to refer to, well, pretty much everyone. That people being called this name are not in fact white supremacists by any conceivable definition of the term means nothing, I hardly need to tell you.
Not sure what they’re going to call people once we’ve all been called “white supremacists” and even that term loses its sting.
The new use of “white supremacist” serves two helpful purposes for the left.
(1) It is a career-destroying smear that can ruin the careers of people they target with it, and if there’s anything the left enjoys, it’s completely destroying people. If their victims try to apologize, the left just crushes them with even more vigor.
(2) It feeds into their natural drama-queen tendencies, for if “white supremacy” is everywhere, they feel justified in shouting people down, intimidating people, and beating people up. For they are saving civilization itself!
This week at Santa Clara University a proposed campus chapter of the completely mainstream conservative student group Turning Point USA — which describes itself as seeking to “identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government” — was rejected by the student senate.
Why? According to CampusReform.org, the national TPUSA organization “had been mentioned in a PowerPoint presentation on white supremacist organizations delivered by the Senate’s staff advisor the previous week.”
As a quick glance amply reveals, there is nothing even slightly “white supremacist” about the obviously mainstream TPUSA.
In an unusual move, the college administration overrode the student senate’s decision and allowed the TPUSA to create a campus chapter, on the grounds that disagreement over the group’s political views is not legitimate grounds to block them.
Now, in a letter submitted to the university, 86 professors are protesting the decision to override the student body’s decision. They say the administration should let the student senate make its own decisions.
(I’m sure they’d be just as upset if the university had overridden a student body refusal to admit an LGBT student group.)
Later in the letter we discover the real reason the faculty doesn’t want TPUSA around:
“A central and prominent activity of TPUSA is their Professor WatchList, which ‘outs’ what TPUSA determines are faculty with whom they disagree ideologically. Such lists can lead to the harassment of faculty.”
Of course, not a stitch of evidence was produced in support of the “harassment of faculty” claim. And no wonder: no professor on earth lives in fear of conservative students.
They don’t like being exposed and ridiculed, because that makes them look stupid.
But simply writing about what a professor says and writes isn’t “harassment.”
On the other hand, since the new definition of “white supremacist” is “anyone at all,” who knows what “harassment” means anymore….