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The Dictatorship of Opinions and the Generation of Snowflakes

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WASHINGTON – March 11, 2019

Generation Z, as they have been termed, consists of those born in 1995 or later, and is the largest generation, making up 25.9% of the population of the US and contributing $44 billion to the American economy. By 2020, they will account for one-third of the population — certainly worth paying attention to.

However, we prefer the term “snowflake generation.” Representatives of this generation can be easily recognized by a cup of coffee, a scooter, sneakers, and a particular set of claims to life.

Collins Dictionary and Financial Times recognized the term “snowflake generation” as the word of the year in 2016. So this is what we call people born in the countries of the Golden Billion since 1990 (some sociologists prefer to count even from 1985). However, not all people, but those belonging to the middle and upper classes, well-educated, not involved in crime, etc. The most numerous “snowflake” formations can now be found in high schools and decent colleges and university campuses, although some of these creatures have already managed to flutter into the Big World and set it off.

Who are the snowflake generation?

According to Tata Oleinik, in an article published by Maxim, they are people who:

* hate violence, or at least, so it seems to them (although we will talk about this point in more detail later)

* put safety (including emotional) above all

* are highly sensitive, suspicious and impressionable

* are not accustomed to hardship or to hard work, nor to rough treatment

* react painfully to opinions different from their own

* consider human history as a filthy series of murders, tortures and other abominations, which must be completely disowned, including being wary of any texts and rules from the accursed past — for example, of world literature

* are convinced of their own uniqueness and highly value themselves

* have a rather limited imagination

* condemn intolerance in others, though they themselves are examples of impeccable intolerance towards their opponents

* are seriously stressed when their ideas do not coincide with real life

* willingly talk about their most intimate experiences

* are usually politically correct left-wing geocentrists with feminist views, often vegetarians

The Dictatorship of Opinions and the Generation of Snowflakes

It is believed that the term "snowflake" is taken from Palahniuk’s Fight Club. It was the snowflakes who sobbed and cried in front of their campus TVs the night they were told the stunning, incredible, impossible news: Trump, the sexist, homophobe, and racist, was elected President.

These three words are the worst in the snowflake dictionary. Manufacturers of anti-depressants and pharmacists gving out sedatives simply have to chip in on the golden statue of the 45th President of the United States. Otherwise, it will be a blatant historical injustice.

If the parents of the snowflakes — the left-wing Social Democratic youth — found excitement and felt victory, sending another dirty, sexist cartoon about Snow White and the chauvinist gnomes to the dustbin of history, then the snowflakes grew in the conviction that they had already won, that this world is beautiful, full of flowers and unicorns, and that all the progressive people of the planet think alike, that all the dirty, belligerent imperialist pigs have been practically wiped out as well as social and gender inequality. So, in general, let's just live peacefully and happily, and keep your bike helmets on in case you fall and hit your head!

Well-known British writer and teacher Tom Bennett wrote in the Telegraph in 2016: “When they come to universities, they are already scared when faced with the fact that the world is different from their views, therefore in lecture they are looking for halls of protection and safety, but not of creativity and knowledge.”

This protection is as follows: You need to pretend by all means that snowflakes are the majority; they all think in the same vein — therefore controversial or unpleasant opinions have no place in the audience.

For lecturers who profess right-wing, conservative, militaristic, sexist or colonialist views (or allowed themselves to make a bad joke on one of these topics on Twitter five years ago) access to universities should be closed. Such lecturers should have their contracts broken, and objectionable professors should be fired. This policy is called “no platforming” — not giving a word to those with whom we disagree. This isn’t about the outcasts and charlatans, but about the specialists in their respective fields who are being barricaded out of class. Students don’t want to understand these people, study their views, argue with them--these lecturers might cause them grief, and comfort is more important than knowledge. For example, ex-director of the CIA David Petraeus was not allowed into the building at New York University despite the fact that he has knowledge on some of the greatest mysteries of politics.

Evergreen College (Washington) was forced to dismiss (with apologies and compensation) professor of anthropology Bret Winstone and his wife, who is also a teacher. Winstone himself is, typically, a progressive-minded Democrat. But he had the misfortune of opposing the students’ idea to hold a “Day without white teachers.” Students wanted to “emphasize the important role of minorities,” and Winstone cautiously delivered a statement in which he pointed out that the principles of equality and freedom of speech are poorly consistent with such an action and that skin color should not interfere with someone's work or study. He immediately received the racist stigma and the students demanded his dismissal. And when the college management refused to do so, Winstone became literally persecuted: He was locked up in class and his car was blocked off. They set up barricades near this house and wrote offensive and threatening letters to him. In the end, the college acknowledged that it “cannot ensure the safety of an employee,” and dismissed the professor.

The Dictatorship of Opinions and the Generation of Snowflakes

However, snowflakes are not limited to just “no platforming” for incalculable contemporaries. Even dead people who are trying to speak from the grave are silenced. The fact that non-politically correct books have been taken out of schools for a long time is no longer news, but in recent years the fashion has spread to universities.

Faced with the dilemma whether it is better to know the subject or to avoid a nervous breakdown, snowflakes firmly bet on the second, and the teachers meet their wishes. Professors now often use the “trigger warning” rule. For example, at Oxford University students are taught only with trigger warnings. For example: “And now there will be a description of one very unpleasant case with the killing of old women, racism, and homophobia. A request to those students who could take it to heart: Leave the audience or listen to music on your headphones.”

Why does the world need such tender lawyers and how will they then work in court? Professors do not care — it is much more important to avoid scandals and lawsuits now.

One of the snowflakes’ favorite terms is “depreciation.” The depth and strength of their feelings is more important than any opinion, even if expert, from the outside.

- Oh, I’m suffering too much! I was bitten by a mosquito!

- Like a mosquito? Not a bear? They are easily confused ...

- Don't you dare make fun of my pain. Don't you dare devalue my feelings!

- Well, let's wipe  the bite with alcohol.

- Don't you dare give me advice, I did not ask you!

- If it hurts you too much, why endure it, let's wipe it.”

- Don't you dare blame the victim! I am not guilty of being a victim of violence! My actions cannot be condemned; I am a victim, I am always right!

- Then what is to be done with you?

- Understand and sympathize!

Yes, a generation born in the wild seventies, not to mention ancient times, sometimes cannot understand why it is so terrible when you can find your favorite smoothie at the cafe. It’s not ready to recognize potty training, taking away diapers, as some brutal and manipulative trauma. It’s a surprise to this older generation, the parents of the snowflakes, when they learn that they were terrible, deceitful, aggressive, and toxic creatures, crippling their children’s bodies and souls.

Tom Bennett stands in solidarity with most socio-psychologists and teachers: Snowflakes are not the result of the work of a hypnotism emitter installed by aliens on the noon, but a completely expected product of new pedagogy. Snowflakes grew mainly in those countries just as the physical punishment of children began to be considered a criminal offense.  Moreover, children are protected from any discomfort or danger in our times. Houses are converted into a kind of rubber room for the unruly. Sick children immediately get painkillers. Sports are played gently, with necessary protections and medical examinations. The child’s interests are placed at the forefront: He is king, God, and sovereign of the family. He is constantly told that he is the smartest, most beautiful, most beloved, and deserves all the best, no matter what. “Unconditional love” and “unconditional acceptance” are the alpha and omega of modern parental pedagogy.

The Dictatorship of Opinions and the Generation of Snowflakes

There is no violence anywhere in the child’s environment — even “scary” cartoons are ruled out, and many parents even refuse to read classics to their children if a bunny gets shot or the king’s head is cut off. Preference is given to modern literature where an offended toothbrush almost falls off the table--the most stressful thing that could possibly happen. "Never thought I'd say this,” says Tom Bennet, “but the children are overprotected. They live in a completely safe space and, when they get to college, they require the same protection to which they are accustomed to from kindergarten.”

Maybe  it’s good? Maybe it’s right? Maybe the first good generation to grow up in sterile conditions without the slightest violence will change the face of the Earth, violence will sink into oblivion, and life will flow according to new laws ... Well, everyone will be on antidepressants, but antidepressants are better than Pershing. Unfortunately, there are other cultures on the planet where there are no conditions for snowflakes yet. But, maybe, the general softening of mores will somehow get there in twenty years? Alas, we have to admit that snowflakes are only verbally opposed to violence. Yes, most likely, they will not protect a girl from bullies, preferring to call the police. But they will give the police carte blanche to rigidly detain and punish the hooligans.

Snowflakes do not refuse violence, they simply delegate it to the authorities. They are easily rude when they are sure of their safety. They are capable, as we have seen with the example of the professor from Evergreen College, of harassment and bullying. Violence that provides their security is a great, proper violence from their point of view. It’s just that someone specially trained has to do it, and let them sit in their bicycle helmets in their children's seats.

Freedom is the last thing they need — it is definitely not a priority in the eyes of snowflakes: Children who were taken to school by the hand until the age of fourteen and were not left alone are not accustomed to it. Moreover, they are afraid of it, especially when those with whom the snowflakes disagree are enjoying freedom.

The worst thing a politician, actor, writer, doctor can afford right now is to say something that causes fear among snowflakes. For example, to say that passive smoking does not harm anyone, or that feminism is a pretty stupid thing ... That is, to go against the leftist ideology that has dominated for more than half a century in European and American universities and which has become a catechism for snowflakes.

When the snowflakes get scared, they unite and, not sparing any effort, persecute the perpetrator of their fear: lawsuits, scathing reviews, tons of letters with insults, boycotting a company that didn’t kick out a “villain.” Today, snowflakes are perhaps one of the most powerful, mobile, and significant diasporas in First World countries — a community that cannot be ignored. 

Author: USA Really