Why Millennials Are Afraid of “Scary Ideas”

On April 20, libertarian feminist Christina Hoff Sommers was escorted off Oberlin’s campus by administration-provided police concerned about her safety.

The cause for concern? The fact that she was on campus in the first place.

When the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians announced they had invited Sommers to speak, activists quickly got to work. They posted that the event made them feel “unsafe” and started splattering her lecture hall with signs that said “Christina Hoff Sommers and OCRL Support Rapists” and “Free Speech: Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Problematic.” Most offensively, they hung a large poster listing past and present Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians members’ names under a note that screamed, “Rape Culture Hall of Fame.”

Needless to say, those activists “interrupted and booed” Sommers throughout her speech. Now, there are rumors that they’ll file a Title IX complaint.

In a recent New York Times article, Judith Shulevitz argues that college students are “cocooning” themselves from triggers and offensive ideas in order to achieve “guaranteed psychological security.” Christina Hoff Sommers’ Oberlin experience–and the growing number of stories like it–are only a small sample of this self-protectionism stemming from nouveau-feminism on college campuses.

For some, stories like these are almost repulsive. How can these self-proclaimed feminists feel “unsafe” over a speaker presenting new ideas? How can they relegate to the back burner far more tangible examples of violence and oppression against women — the wage gap, contraceptive issues, domestic violence, sexual trafficking, representations of women in media — in favor of a speaker, a tasteless clothing item, and whether clapping triggers anxiety?

Many are claiming that this nouveau-feminism stems from an overwhelming culture of left-intellectualism and progressivism on college campuses. But that’s not the whole picture, and maybe not even a part of it–college liberalism is hardly a new phenomenon.

To really explain the self-protectionism of college feminism, you have to look at the history of how Generation X dealt with the “rape crisis” on campus while they were in school, and how they raised their Millennial children to react to dangers differently than they did.

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Advocate Yeonmi Featured in the New York Times

Advocate Yeonmi Park was featured in the New York Times on life in North Korea, her escape, and the fight for freedom.

Park grew up in the brutal and repressive North Korea as a child of privilege until her father was arrested for sending metals to China. He was sent to a labor camp — and Park and her mother set off on a long journey to freedom away from the oppressive regime. Park painted a grim portrait of life as a child in North Korea. “One of my earlier memories was my mom telling me not to even whisper, because the birds and mice can hear my whisper,” she said. “I was so surprised in the West to see parents encourage their children to express their feelings. I had to learn at that young of an age not to.”

You can find the article online here.

If you’d like to speak with Yeonmi, please contact Young Voices.

The Proof Is in the Numbers: Low Taxes Mean High Growth

Tomorrow is Tax Freedom Day, marking the date that the U.S. as a whole will earn enough money to pay off its tax bill for the year.

The Washington-based Tax Foundation has released a report calculating Tax Freedom Day for every year since 1971, and 2015’s continues to highlight the disturbing growth of government.

First and foremost, Tax Freedom Day falls on April 24 this year—three days later than last year’s date of April 21. In fact, Americans now pay more in taxes than they do in clothing, food, and housing combined.

As if that wasn’t disturbing enough, Tax Freedom Day does not account for all state spending, since governments have the tendency to rack up billions of dollars in debt and unfunded liabilities. Altogether, Tax Freedom Day would fall on May 8 if you account for federal borrowing.

It seems pretty obvious that four months of wages is an unhealthy amount for the government to demand, but some disagree. Last week, I refuted some of the most popular tax myths perpetuated by prominent progressive thought leaders like former secretary of labor Robert Reich.

Another popular myth often circulated during tax season is that high taxes have little effect on reducing economic growth. After all, the top marginal income tax rate in the U.S. was 94 percent throughout the 1950s, one of the most prosperous decades in American history.

Of course, the tax code of the 1950s was littered with so many loopholes as to bring the effective top rate down much lower. But beyond anecdotal evidence, hardline data from America’s own “laboratories of democracy”—the states—prove that lower taxes create more economic growth.

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