December 03, 2015

The New Campus Revival

"Not since environmentalism has the prevailing variety of leftism more closely resembled a religion," Helen Andrews writes in National Review ("Politically Correct Holy Rollers: The New Campus Revival"). 
John McWhorter calls it Antiracism— “it seriously merits capitalization at this point”—and notes that it has its own clergy in such men as Charles Blow and Ta-Nehisi Coates (friendly vicar and hellfire preacher, respectively). Casting his net more widely to include all talk of “privilege,” from male to cisgender, essayist Joseph Bottum has observed that the concept is functionally equivalent to original sin. “I have to every day wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply embedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose every day to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way,” said a graduate student whom Bottum was able to locate, sounding for all the world like a Calvinist explaining the T in TULIP. No wonder the guest lectureship that Yale offered #BlackLivesMatter quad-botherer DeRay Mckesson was in the divinity school. 
Leftism has become a religion, and what we are seeing now is a revival.

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