Debunking the myth of conservative persecution on campus: Cairns

August 19, 2019

Even a cursory look at the cultures of Canadian campuses will show that conservative voices are not only surviving, but thriving in these spaces, writes Wilfrid Laurier University Professor James Cairns. The author defines conservatism as a “worldview that believes social hierarchies are both inevitable and beneficial,” and one that “takes for granted the supremacy of the Western literary canon, the neutrality of political and legal institutions, the goodness of imperialist powers.” These values exist nearly everywhere on campus, Cairns adds, from the makeup of university boards to what is taught in classrooms. The author concludes that the true barrier to a diversity of ideas on campus is the extreme reaction that conservatism exhibits when it is challenged. Waterloo Region Record (National)