Thursday, May 15, 2014

Smith College failed its ignorant students

The whiny petition-signing college student who got International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde to withdraw as the commencement speaker are getting too much of the blame here. Sure, their platform-yanking approach is contemptible, and their vague online-petition reveals platinum-level ignorance, but where did those values come from.

Kathleen McCartney, the president of Smith College, said in a statement that "Those who objected will be satisfied that their activism has had a desired effect. But at what cost to Smith College?"

Sorry Kathleen, but their actions will not cause problems at Smith College - they have revealed them.

Why are 500 members of the student body so radicalized that they will agree with statements like "We also do not want to be represented by someone whose work directly contributes to many of the systems that we are taught to fight against" and "The IMF has been a primary culprit in the failed developmental policies implanted in some of the world’s poorest countries. This has led directly to the strengthening of imperialist and patriarchal systems that oppress and abuse women worldwide" ?

I realize that college campuses are breeding grounds for unchallenged left wing claptrap, but maybe the school wouldn't be a national embarrassment right now if it didn't foster an environment that promotes misinformation on important global issues and a vampire-and-holy-water response to other viewpoints.

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