"It may be true that the isolated, low-stakes anecdotes debunked on You're Wrong About didn't hold up to scrutiny, but what about these *other* isolated, low-stakes anecdotes?"
Wow how could we omit these profound injustices
The anti-PC crowd spent an entire decade saying that date rape was fake and that campus consent rules were a slippery slope to the destruction of relations between the sexes. Anyway, no point in revisiting that here though.
This was the entire point of the episode! Conservatives cast social progress on college campuses as:
a) emblematic of the left as a whole and
b) a new form of McCarthyism.

Establishment media reinforced that framing. It was never about the individual anecdotes!
It sure is! Thankfully that's not the argument we're making.

The argument is that throughout history, defenders of the status quo cast progressive activists as an existential threat. Women/minorities/LGBTQs are pushing us too far, too fast. They're suppressing my rights.
This argument almost never pans out. They said it about suffragettes and MLK and the "rioters" at Stonewall. After those groups won their battles, none of the grim predictions came to pass. We progressed as a nation.
The same arguments came up in the 1990s. Anti-rape and anti-racism campaigners on college campuses were tyrants and dictators. Camille Paglia literally compared campus feminists to Hitler Youth.

The PC kids won some of their battles and again, the grim predictions didn't happen
We're now in the midst of another wave of activism and another wave of backlash. We're hearing the same arguments and seeing the same kind of evidence marshalled against campaigners.

I'm sorry, but I think it's pretty relevant to look back and ask if we've done this before.
I honestly don't know what the solution to these cases is supposed to be. Most universities have bodies for investigating student complaints. Sometimes these bodies receive false or overblown grievances. They investigate and clear the accused.
Do I wish no one in the world ever filed a false grievance? Sure. Could complaint mechanisms be improved? Of course.
But these stories are fundamentally about processes working as intended. There's no evidence that "woke" students are the only group filing overblown complaints.
Exactly! A huge number of workers are vulnerable to random bad-faith complaints. I don't understand why we should allow pundits to cast exactly one type of grievance as a national crisis.

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