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Another Good Example of Leftist Intolerance

Greg Lukianoff’s book Unlearning Liberty is full of examples of professors who model intolerance and zealotry to students, rather than logical argumentation. The Newtown shooting has led to a spate of angry writings by professors who insist on impugning the motives of those who don’t agree that further gun control will accomplish any good, and here is an example — a history professor who proclaims that opponents of gun control (he mentions the GOP, but of course there are lots of non-Republicans who also argue that more laws won’t work and could prove counter-productive) don’t care about the lives of children.

This is an illustration of the way far too many Americans now “argue” — not by confronting the actual arguments made by those they disagree with, but by attacking their character. The higher-education establishment has a lot to do with this ugly trend.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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