March 22, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday

The Free Speech Movement, led by a fiery Italian-American, Mario Savio, erupted at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964, the year I entered college. It was a cardinal moment for my generation. The anti-establishment stance of the Free Speech Movement represented the authentic populist revolution of the 1960s, which resisted encroachments of authority by a repressive elite. How is it possible that today's academic Left has supported rather than protested campus speech codes as well as the grotesque surveillance and over-regulation of student life? American colleges have abandoned their educational mission and become government colonies, ruled by officious bureaucrats enforcing federal dictates. This despotic imperialism has no place in a modern democracy. An enlightened feminism, animated by a courageous code of personal responsibility, can only be built upon a wary alliance of strong women and strong men.

-Camile Paglia in 'Women Aren't Free Until Speech Is'

'Atlas Shrugged' QOTD Dirty Hippies Philosophy Politics Quote of the Day Posted by JohnGalt at March 22, 2017 2:53 PM

A memorable bumper sticker slogan from the era of which Paglia speaks was "Subvert the Dominant Paradigm."

Well, that paradigm has been subverted, and in its place the revolutionaries have installed an even more authoritarian paradigm in its place, albeit with wildly different standards of "acceptability." But wasn't it the authoritarianism they really objected to, more than the particular rules that were established? That's how I remember it being positioned, but that all seems so naïve and idealistic, today.

Posted by: johngalt at March 22, 2017 3:02 PM

Loves me some Camille Paglia

Posted by: jk at March 22, 2017 3:43 PM

Me too. I'll check out the Tyler Cowen interview soon. Meanwhile, if you click through my link and read her short piece on free speech you'll find this other notable quote:

"We are plunged once again into an ethical chaos where intolerance masquerades as tolerance and where individual liberty is crushed by the tyranny of the group.

The premier principles of my new book, Free Women, Free Men, are free thought and free speech—open, mobile, and unconstrained by either liberal or conservative ideology."

My mental working title for the post was "Camile Paglia - Objectivist." An obvious overgeneralization, but the parallel to Rand's two "mystics" are inescapable: Conservative ideology being the Mystics of Spirit and liberal ideology being the Mystics of Muscle.

Posted by: johngalt at March 22, 2017 4:55 PM

An Objectivist Theology Professor. I can sell that.

Posted by: jk at March 22, 2017 6:51 PM

Heh™: Insty links to the same piece with the comment "I mean, if women were free, who would listen to feminists?"

Posted by: jk at March 23, 2017 10:31 AM

Theology professor? Paglia? non! Art and literature.

Posted by: johngalt at March 24, 2017 4:32 PM

Corrected I stand. I misremembered that false factoid from her dust-up with the Dawkins-Hitchens wing.

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