Magazine July 12, 2021, Issue

Political Discrimination as Civil-Rights Struggle

A man walks through an empty campus green at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Viewpoint neutrality should be legally mandated

When a sample of nearly 1,500 female Ivy League students was asked whether they would date a Trump supporter, only 6 percent said yes (after excluding the small minority of the sample who support him). So finds a survey of 20,000 university students that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) conducted in 2020. While people are free to discriminate however they wish in dating, this attitude bleeds into problematic spheres such as hiring and social toleration.

This reveals the predilection among many young elite Americans for progressive authoritarianism, a belief system that justifies infringing rights to equal treatment or

(Fire 2020 College Free Speech Rankings Survey)

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Eric Kaufmann — Mr. Kaufmann is a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology and at the Manhattan Institute.

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