Anyone who’s been anywhere near a campus recently knows that students’ unions have come to resemble a kind of playskool version of the GDR: all the speech-policing, dissent-quashing, behaviour-regulating inclinations, just without the guns. […]
Students’ unions are not just a pc-gone-mad sideshow but a prism through which you can see Western civilisation doing away with itself.
Campus censorship doesn’t stop at lewd pop songs or aberrant hand gestures. Free thought itself is under attack, especially where those thoughts cut against the Guardianista grain. Pro-life groups have been banned at four universities. Pro-Israel students are lucky if they can even get events approved. Until recently, Ukip was officially banned by the University of Derby Students’ Union.
In March last year, UCL’s students’ union censured a Nietzsche reading group because it “believed the group to be fascist”. Students’ unions are now lobbying for universities to allow students to opt out of difficult topics and place “trigger warnings” on course texts which contain anything potentially upsetting. Intellectual life itself is being painted as dangerous.