Wellesley’s Tolerant Fascism

The comedian George Carlin once famously remarked, “When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts.

It will not be with jack-boots. It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts.” What he didn’t realize was that it would also come in the form of an editorial appearing in the newspaper of an elite college. In a piece sporting the rather turgid title “Free Speech is not Violated at Wellesley,” the staff of the Wellesley News–who should have at least a passing familiarity with the principles of the First Amendment, considering that they work for a newspaper–actually make the argument that while free speech is all cool and stuff, it’s like totes okay to stop people from saying things that make certain people feel bad.