Writing in The Telegraph, Charlie Peters, a second year student at the University of Edinburgh, argues that the “culture of intolerance” created by the current student left is driving millennials and post-millennials (also known as Generation Z), not to the left, but to the right, creating a new generation of conservatives.
Peters picks out the violent response to Breitbart Senior Editor MILO, along with other riots and protests against free speech on college campuses, as a driving factor behind this conversion:
In the modern era, students have often been attracted to the politics of the Left. 1968 saw pivotal student protests around the world. In the United States, students were central to the civil rights movement. In France, students joined forces with millions of striking workers to protest against capitalism.
The conservative philosopher Roger Scruton was in Paris during the 1968 riots and has said that it was whilst witnessing the uprising that he became a conservative.
The violence at Berkeley mirrors the street protests in Paris from 1968. Privileged and excitable students living in one of the most blessed parts of the world went out and created havoc in order to overthrow an opponent that they refused to tolerate. The Parisians, at least, had a deeper political cause – but the Berkeley students carried out the ugliest form of protest. It is the form of protest that says “I don’t like that view, therefore you must not be allowed to express it” and it is causing a lot of students to have their own ‘Scruton moment’.
The full article is available to read here.