Novelist Lionel Shriver asks: Will the Left Survive the Millennials?

As a lifelong Democratic voter, I’m dismayed by the radical left’s ever-growing list of dos and don’ts — by its impulse to control, to instill self-censorship as well as to promote real censorship, and to deploy sensitivity as an excuse to be brutally insensitive to any perceived enemy. There are many people who see these frenzies about cultural appropriation, trigger warnings, micro-aggressions and safe spaces as overtly crazy.

The background of the article: Shriver gave a speech at an Australian literary festival about fiction as a way to understand foreign cultures. The result was a an intimidation campaign against the festival organizers for Shriver being allowed to engage in “cultural appropriation”.

Cultural appropriation, for those of you who don’t know, is the sin of celebrating the cultures of the immigrants whose cultures you are supposed to celebrate. Or something.

It doesn’t have to make sense, nothing ever has to make sense, because the more arbitrary the rules are the more terrifying the self-appointed enforcers of the rules become.

The answer to Ms Shriver’s question, whether or not the left can survive the Millennials, is that the Millennials are the left.

To paraphrase Orwell, the future is a sweaty college feminist, screaming in your face, forever.





  1. True- *but* there is a *but*. In this case a ridiculous (and childish) movement is created to counter an opportunistic (and dishonest) movement. The *gay cake wars* are a perfect example. A non issue made into a huge deal.

    1. The kids must be mortified.
      I’m not one to correct Jesus but he should have added “don’t call attention to yourself” in a homily somewhere.

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