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Good article and video on how partisan politics has made people "switch off" without even considering any argument from the other side, and how places of higher education, which should be fostering this debate, are now becoming echo-chambers. 

While this is about left-wing folks doing this, both sides are equally guilty of doing so (just read any politics forum).

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Fareed Zakaria said Saturday that though many liberals think they are tolerant, often they aren't.

Zakaria noted that "at the height of commencement season," many new graduates across the country had made their political views apparent, from the Notre Dame students who walked out as Vice President Mike Pence gave his commencement address to the crowd members who booed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos during a speech at Bethune-Cookman University.

"American universities seem committed to every kind of diversity except intellectual diversity. Conservative voices and views are being silenced entirely," Zakaria said.

The CNN host said he found this attitude strange, especially given that these incidents occurred on college campuses that "promised to give their undergraduates a liberal education."

"The word liberal in this context has nothing to do with today's partisan language, but refers instead to the Latin root, pertaining to liberty. And at the heart of liberty in the Western world has been freedom of speech. From the beginning, people understood that this meant protecting and listening to speech with which you disagreed," Zakaria argued.

That means, he said, not drowning out "the ideas that we find offensive."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/28/us/fareed-zakaria-liberals-cnntv/index.html?ofs=fbia
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More from the tolerant left. Imagine if anyone did this to Pres Obama.

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This was in the Whig this morning...

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Scheer's free speech rule welcome push-back

New Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has vowed to remove federal funding from post-secondary institutions if they don't back freedom of speech on campus.

At first blush it's out of the blue. No major Canadian politician has ever before promised to do this.

It didn't originate from one of the think-tanks or policy groups that act as an incubator for ideas before they hit retail politics.

But while the centre-right establishment hardly has been talking about it - at least not publicly - the regressive mentality at our institutes of alleged higher learning has been a major topic in online circles and among campus groups for a while now.

The frustration with fringe lunacy on campus has bubbled to the top in recent months.

A few professors, such as Jordan Peterson, have dared to take a stand against it. Students are rising up in protest. And parents and taxpayers are angry that their money is going to fund this nonsense.

As my Postmedia colleague, Marie-Danielle Smith, explains it in a story from April: "Under Scheer's proposed policy, fostering and protecting free speech would become a criterion on public post-secondary institutions'grant applications to federal agencies."

When Scheer referenced this policy at the leadership convention it received more cheering and applause than anything said by any other candidate the entire weekend. Even the party grassroots feels this matters.

Shortly after his victory speech Saturday night, I posted to Twitter that the Conservatives had just elected as leader someone who pledges to defund schools over social justice warrior shenanigans. So far, it's been liked or repeated about 2,000 times.

Most of these are people who love the idea. Some, I could tell from the responses, were those opposed to it. Either way, it shows just how much of a hot button issue this has become in broader society.

People are tired of the irrational political correctness that's overrun our institutions. The pushback is coming from the politically engaged and those active online, but it's also permeating broader culture.

Everyone is feeling how the perimeter is closing in on what the now left-wing dominated establishment tells us we can and can't say or do. People can even lose their jobs over it, as the recent surreal "cultural appropriation" snafu in Canada showed.

Just the other week, I learned of the latest sin: deadnaming. This is the verboten practice of referring to a trans-person by their birth name. If an undercover human rights cop ever asks you who won the 1976 Olympic men's decathlon, just say Caitlyn and you won't be "reassigned."

These are the political times Scheer inherits. The issues will only be loopier come the 2019 election.

By then, the silent majority will be more frustrated than ever. And the social justice hordes who have strapped themselves in to taxpayerfunded jobs where they perpetuate this madness also will have increased in number.

It'll be quite the showdown. The push is now on by Liberal strategists to label Scheer an aggressive social conservative. I don't think this is quite right, and not just because he's made it clear he won't legislate on issues like abortion.

From what we've learned so far, especially with this university pledge, Scheer's more of a cultural conservative.

Big difference. The tent is much broader. It includes so-cons, libertarians, disaffected liberals and basically everybody who isn't nuts.

It's the new counterculture pushing back against the rule-obsessed, killjoy left. And Andrew Scheer has just become one of its leaders. afurey@postmedia.ca
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Only problem: It's an empty promise.

The Federal government finances universities in two ways: First, it provides transfer to the provinces for higher education, and that goes in the general funds of the province who decides how to distribute it. No Federal say on where it goes. Second, it provides research grants to specific research projects. This funding does not go directly to universities but to their research associates for various labs. It usually pays for the research assistants salary and equipment where required. These are allocated by various research councils so that (allegedly) it is done in a non-political basis. Again, no control by the government.

I applaud the intent however.
 

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More from the tolerant left. Imagine if anyone did this to Pres Obama ...
Imagine, indeed ...
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The U.S. Secret Service is looking into the incendiary and potentially threatening remarks made by rocker and Mitt Romney-backer Ted Nugent at the National Rifle Association convention over the weekend.

"We are aware of them and we are conducting the appropriate follow-up now," Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie told ABC News.

Nugent told a crowd of convention goers that "if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

"If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don't even know what you're made of," he said ...
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Kathy Griffin apologizes for photo shoot with bloodied Trump mask, says she 'went too far' - May 30, 2017 - Fox News
As a P.S. -- making a statement is one thing, but this crossed the line.  Full stop.
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This was in the Whig this morning...

Strike

Listening to the radio on the way home this afternoon, it sounds like the Liberals are going to pass a Bill to entrench this SJW nonsense in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. 
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Nugent told a crowd of convention goers that "if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
does not compare with the bloodied severed head held up to view (imitating ISIS) nor Pres Bush's head on a pike on Game of Thrones.
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