Phi Beta Cons

Re: In Loco Parentis

To respond to Alston below, my idea of real in loco parentis would be to start from premises different from those that are advertised on campuses today. The current premises go something like this: Men and women are exactly alike, human nature is basically good, young people know what they are doing and behave with reason, no one has the right to tell anyone what to do, who can decide what is right behavior anyway. But, as things stand now, when all these premises fall like a house of cards, which they inevitably do, the exact opposite premises take hold: Women need special protection, men are beasts, for some strange reason young people do not always act reasonably and therefore have to be restrained, certain people must definitely have the right to draw boundaries, and what is acceptable behavior must be enforced. So the first set of hypotheses is simply the liberal dream about reality, utterly unsustainable, utterly divorced from reality. When it breaks into nightmare, in steps the strong-arm crowd to assert its own version of order (which may have been the object of the game to begin with). Then, instead of being governed by a healthy respect for reality and agreed-upon rules, we have the bureaucratic enforcement of the PC commissars. It’s a kind of tyranny because nothing is really spelled out. The first set of premises continue to be the official story, while the second is what really comes into play, and those subjected to it are never sure of things.

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