Chapman University is a private college in Orange County, California, which costs about $50,000/yr in tuition.
From that information, take a guess how the politic of the school and its student body lean.
So a poli-sci major at Chapman wrote an OpEd for the school newspaper that was about is inside the box, stereotypical as you can imagine.
Many progressives acknowledge the existence of privileges that counterbalance oppression. The most commonly referenced and recognizable is white privilege, which describes the benefits that white people, often unknowingly, receive from a society that can be discriminatory against racial minorities.
Good start. Nothing makes friends like telling people that they are awful because of the color of their skin.
Liberals and progressives can be quick to call attention to many privileges, but one that often goes unrecognized is centrist privilege.
Centrist privilege, that’s new. Tell me more, self hating white man.
In a political environment that receives criticism for polarization, it has become almost honorable to self-describe as a “moderate” or a “centrist.” While there is value in recognizing opposing viewpoints and reaching compromises, the Republican Party has become too conservative for this to be possible.
This has created a situation in which liberals who follow the moderate, compromising path – as opposed to holding steadfast progressive values – quietly benefit from the struggles of countless Americans.
And here we come to the thesis of the OpEd. What Mr. Joy is suggesting is a policy of “no compromise.”
Centrism is as vile as right-wing conservatism, but it contains the additional atrocity of having no social consequences for holding views that leave fellow Americans at a disadvantage. This creates a type of privilege. Centrist ideas must only garner electoral support when they are the final option standing between the public and a conservative disaster, and even then must be met with reluctance. Just as progressives denounce white privilege, it is time to denounce centrist privilege.
Yeah! Forget trying to come up with policy that tries to accommodate a wide swath of people of different political and socio-economic backgrounds. There is no middle ground with the enemy. Just take that hard Left policy and guilt trip Americans into letting the Left ram it down their throats.
I think when progressives hear the word “privilege” they expect the rest of America to react the same way that they do.
Trying to “privilege shame” moderates into being radical leftists might be effective in California. Here in Alabama, a progressive accusing someone of some sort of privilege results in a hearty “Fuck you!”
I think a better title for this OpEd would be “How to never win a national election ever again.”