There is no “PC crisis” in US student activism, writes Rolling Stone

December 21, 2015

Critics who have claimed that US student activists pose a threat to freedom of speech need to consider the ways in which their criticism directly supports the status quo, writes Angus Johnston for Rolling Stone. In the past year, he writes, countless writers have characterized student activists as hypersensitive complainers who cannot abide opinions contrary to their own. But Johnston argues that “unacknowledged here is the obvious: That students have very little direct power on the contemporary American campus. Administrators have lots of power. Trustees have lots of power. Faculty have quite a bit. But students have very little. And so a call to resolve campus disagreements by reasoned debate is a call to allow the people who have been setting the rules to continue to set the rules.” Rolling Stone