- The Washington Times - Friday, June 18, 2021

Last week, the editor of Christian magazine “First Things,” wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he’s reluctant to hire Ivy League University graduates because they’re too woke and self-important, trained to self-censor and as such followers, not leaders.

A new study from the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth released this week, confirms the editor’s hunches.

An astounding 85% of self-identified liberal students believe if a teacher says something they find offensive in the classroom, the professor should be reported to the university. Sixty-five percent of self-identified independents agreed, as did 41% of conservative students. In terms of snitching on themselves and reporting students for saying offensive things to other students, 76% of liberals agreed the student should be reported to the university, 57% of independents and 31% of conservatives all concurred. 

Moreover, students who reported they were comfortable sharing their opinions on controversial or sensitive topics in class were significantly more likely to be in favor of reporting other students for making comments they deemed to be offensive. The study showed 58% of students who identify as conservative or conservative-leaning said they didn’t feel comfortable sharing their opinion on a controversial or sensitive topic being discussed in class, compared to 66% of liberals, who felt comfortable.

Meaning – there’s only one acceptable way to think and speak up without fearing the woke mob and cancel culture on campus – be progressive.

“A few years ago a student at an Ivy League school told me, ‘The first thing you learn your freshman year is never to say what you are thinking.’ The institution he attended claims to train the world’s future leaders. From what that young man reports, the opposite is true. The school is training future self-censors, which means future followers,” R.R. Reno, the editor at “First Things,” wrote in the Journal on why he doesn’t plan on hiring Ivy League graduates.

He continued: “Dysfunctional kids are coddled and encouraged to nurture grievances, while normal kids are attacked and educationally abused,” and neither are suitable for the workplace, as both are “less likely to mature into good leaders themselves,” for they’ve become “deformed by the toxic political correctness that leaders of elite universities have allowed to become dominant.”

Unfortunately, the wokeness taught on college campuses has seeped into corporate America – where it’s hard to tell if the bosses are in charge or the social-justice 20-somethings. 

“Corporate leadership has lost control of their employees who are increasingly snowflake millennials, screen-obsessed Zoomers, leftist political activists or some horrid combination of the three,” Tom Basile recently wrote in the Washington Times, arguing how corporate America is buckling under all the “woke” pressure and how that’s not good for American competitiveness.

“It might seem sophomoric today, but a company is successful when it makes a profit, provides return for investors and fosters strong teams that work hard to advance each other’s performance and that the brand,” Mr. Basile reasonably opined.   

Some companies like tech firm Basecamp and Coinbase have tried to limit political conversations at work, worried their employees were too busy posting on social media than they were about the bottom-line. Both firms lost employees after instituting their policies – employees they probably didn’t need in the first place.

Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke made a point to tell his employees “Shopify is a team, not a family…Shopify is also not the government. We cannot solve every societal problem here…We also can’t take care of all of your needs.”

It’s a good start. We need more brave CEO’s to call out corporate activism within their ranks – and many, to perhaps, stop hiring from Ivy League universities which are actively indoctrinating our youth with progressive, Marxist ideals. In order for America to succeed and survive, capitalism, meritocracy and character need to be embraced by our leadership, and critical race theory, political correctness, and social-justice issues thoroughly rejected.

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