Saturday, 28 November 2015

Safe spaces, trigger warnings - I reckon grown-ups have had enough of little fascists turning universities into laughing -stocks

I haven't written much on this blog about the pathetic, precious, whining little fascist wusses currently wasting oxygen in many American and British universities. I would have written about them at greater length, but I suspect readers would require endless trigger warnings that their blood pressure was about to be dangerously elevated, and, besides, I can't be sure that all of you have readily available safe spaces to retreat to in case you find it all too upsetting. If you need some background information, you can find it here - but *TRIGGER WARNING* you will find it very, very annoying.

The American animated series South Park has been attacking left-wing targets with complete abandon of late. Here, from a recent episode, is their musical take on the concept of safe spaces (the fat bearded bloke, by the way, is Steven Segal):

When I encountered hordes of idiotic, self-important, intolerant, left-wing man-children at university 40 years ago I assumed it was a passing phase and that everything would settle down and get back to normal and that clever young people who knew sod all about life would eventually learn not to read racism and prejudice of all kinds into everything anybody older than them said or did, and that they'd stop sending money to vile terrorist organisations and demanding the abolition of exams and a veto over what they were taught and who taught them and an immediate end to the war in Vietnam and ... whatever. 

But it seems that the madness of the late '60s and early '70s never really went away, and that it has now developed into a full-blown generational case of mass hysteria. Of course, if the limp-wristed ladyboys who run our academies of higher learning and the cultural Marxist lecturers who peddle babyish fantasies to impressionable undergraduates actually manned up and started throwing the little fuckers out rather than pandering to their charges' po-faced, politically correct, deeply conformist priggery, things would rapidly improve. But don't hold your breath. Meanwhile, let's just laugh at the little sillies in an effort to convince them that there's no such thing as a "safe space" for true adults.     


  1. This is about the decline of universities but don't despair, there are ways to fight back:

    Alumna. Don't leave money to your old university and write to them to explain why.

    Employers. Avoid recruiting and promoting those with arts degrees.

    Parents. Encourage your teenage children to start working straight away and save ££££!

    Sixth Formers. Don't go. There is nothing you can learn from a lecture that you can't learn from a book.

    1. I wouldn't go so far, Tomahawk, as to suggest people didn't do arts degrees at universities. It's horses for courses, really - I suspect the explosion in the numbers of school-leavers going on to university bears no relationship to the number able to resist the cultural Marxist nonsense their heads will be stuffed with for three years, or to the number that are actually capable of benefitting from university culturally or intellectually. I hope that somewhere out there a group of fearsomely clever, influential right-wingers are hatching plans to roll back the tide of socialism in academia. Doubt it, somehow - it feels like the lefties have been in total charge since the '60s.
      Arguing against myself, I recently realised that the friends I have who - for one reason or another - didn't attend university just happen to be some of the brightest, most original and most cultured people I've ever known. Some of us (like me) need a bit of spoon-feeding, and some of us, seemingly, don't.

  2. I was thinking about this a week or so back when I read of some nonsense or other, via Breitbart.

    What I couldn't work out was why these little maroons weren't being rusticated.

    Then I remembered the age of the average university head and what they were likely to have been doing any time from 1968 to the late '70s.

  3. The absolute epitome of the annoying, brainless, modern student is one "Charlie" Gilmour, son of Pink Floyd guitarist, who was was handed a 16-month sentence for his behaviour during the 2010 riots about student fees. He was charged with throwing a bin at the car of our future monarch and his wife, for swinging from a flag at the cenotaph and for being part of a mob who broke into a Toy Shop. The worst incident was him reading out poetry to the Riot Police [see You Tube]. How they kept their truncheons sheathed, I will never know.

    He was off his face on a cocktail of valium, LSD and whiskey and was upset about being rejected by somebody or other. In court, he was given a character reference by Alan Yentob [yes, Camilla's friend]. He was released after 4 months [I wonder if he came across Mr Dover?].

    When I see and hear about" Charlie" and his kind my mind dwells on Amritsar, Brigadier Dyer and the Gurkhas.

  4. I hadn't realised the intimate link between Gilmour and Botney.

    Still, it explains the sycophantic drivel that clogged-up a BBC channel recently. when we were treated to Botney's emetic essay on the angst ridden millionaire.

    1. The reason they're not rusticated is simple, GCooper: the people who should be doing the rusticating are essentially sympathetic to the little twerps - they're the ones who went on student demos and organised sit-ins and screamed abuse at Tories when they were undergraduates.

      They should just rename "Imagine" as "Arsecrawler" and have done with it.

      I hope someone's working on an unauthorised biography of Yentob. Should make fascinating reading.

    2. Well, clearly we are in agreement but, as always there remains the question 'what can be done about it?'. As you said earlier, it would be nice to imagine there is a group of academics that isn't in thrall to cultural Marxism - but my impression is that, if it exists, they are teaching people how to build bridges and aeroplanes rather than worshipping at the shrine of Chomsky and have little influence over the general direction of their universities.

  5. Sikh and Ye Shall Find27 December 2015 at 11:25

    Brig. Gen Dyer's action may be viewed in a larger context :

    1. Thank you for a valuable link. The final two sentences of the article are chilling and accurate: " Strength and resolve - traits that Britain had shown in such depth
      during the war - would be increasingly replaced by compromise and appeasement.
      The scuttle had begun."

      With the notable exception of two Tory PM's I wonder what poor old Britain did to deserve such a succession of deeply stupid and mealy-mouthed politicians from the beginning of WW1 to the present time?

      I note the article is written by a lecturer at King's College, London University. This excellent establishment should not be confused with the school located at the less salubrious end of Wimbledon Common.

  6. Sikh and Ye Shall find10 January 2016 at 10:21

    You are most welcome. Your question is a complicated one, as you will doubtless know.

    A loss of cultural confidence was a sine qua non, at any rate. Niall Ferguson's speculative and controversial book "The Pity of War" may provide some clues though.