Even though the Mizzou protesters were able to wring a number of undeserved concessions from the institution they supposedly joined voluntarily, and even though they largely succeeded in silencing any sort of official sanction from authority figures or the media, one thing they do not control (yet.) is the decisions of their fellow students and alumni who no longer have the stomach for their divisive theatrics.
Of course it will never bother them to know how much damage they’ve done to their school and the other people going to it. In their fantasy land, in the rhetoric they’ve chosen to deploy, a black person attending Mizzou is like a Jew paying to go to Buchenwald.
Authoritarians always fail to comprehend that they can use all of the carrots and sticks in the world, but they can’t force a man to accept something he knows isn’t true. Affirmative action is a clear cut example of this. By making it easier for a minority to get a degree, what happens afterwards is that employers will look askance at all degree-holding minorities. On the flip side of this, an Asian’s degree is worth more than normal because college is more selective of them than of whites. Would anyone ever say this? No, because it would be illegal to say that.
All that ConcernedStudent1950 would have accomplished, were all their demands met, would be to lower the value of an education at Mizzou and for minorities at Mizzou specifically. That’s exactly the opposite of what they wanted. They believe that if they structure the surface world in a certain way–its institutions, its language, its culture–the people living in it will naturally fall in line. Many do, but a great many also do not. A man is still (unfortunately) permitted to think his own thoughts, whatever restrictions are placed on his actions and speech.
One of the ways these heretical thoughts manifest is when there is abundant plausible deniability. No white person needs to explain why they aren’t living in a certain area, or why they aren’t going to a certain college, or why they aren’t dating outside their race. There is still freedom of association, and many perfectly upright liberals express their preferences in this way.
And so it goes:
Compared to last year, 1,470 fewer students had paid their $300 enrollment fees by the May 1 deadline—and with cancellations rolling in over the weekend, the numbers may be even more grim, the local TV station KMIZ reports. That’s a drop of about 25% from last year’s freshman class of about 6,200.
Mizzou also reported a three-year low in grad-school applications, down 1,140 from two years ago. The number of new students shrunk even as the university has embarked on an aggressive effort to drum up interest in the school, using text messages and Skype and deploying more out-of-state recruiters.
So thousands of prospective students, who if you asked them directly about the events at Mizzou would likely have sided wholly with the protesters, have never the less made a curious decision not to attend the institution.
People will say and even believe lots of things to be popular, but if they feel their interests at stake their brain stem will seize hold of them long enough to make a reasonable decision. They might still cling to their worthless opinions, but watch how they act.
Because of this, the next depressing chapter in the West’s march towards tyranny is an intensification of the campaign against free association. People who make the wrong choices should not be allowed to choose.