I truly applaud this piece, but I do have one bone to pick. I sincerely believe that political correctness, taken to its current extreme, is also a danger to democracy and our free society. I’m not referring to hate speech and ad hominem attacks. Those have no place in social discourse. I’m referring to the current inhibition in academia concerning free and open discussion of any issue or problem that might cause anyone emotional distress.
There are few absolutes in this world. In my profession, software architecture and engineering, virtually all design decisions are compromises among competing requirements. It is my belief that government should work in very much the same way — and that the free and open discussion of ideas and opinions is crucial to a free society. If we cannot argue in good faith, we cannot reach reasonable conclusions and we cannot solve the myriad of complex problems that face our nation — both proper objectives of political discourse and higher education.