- Someone proposes an idea to the group.
- The people who oppose the proposer then agree with the proposer’s idea.
- The proposer agrees the opposition should totally be supportive of the idea.
- The opposer agrees wholeheartedly that the proposer couldn’t be more right about agreeing they were right to support the idea.
- The proposer opens the door to debate, and someone from the audience notes it really isn’t a debate if the proposer and the opposer are basically just agreeing with one another.
- The proposer and the opposer agree to call security and have the audience member removed from the room.
- The proposer proposes another idea that anyone who disagrees with the proposer would not be allowed to attend debates.
- The opposer agrees.
- All the motions pass and they have the university president fired.
I missed the turbulent, riotous demonstrations of the 1960’s, so I’m eagerly watching what’s happening on college campuses today. I’m taking for granted this is kind of a callback to those thrilling days of yesteryear when peace and love (and the occasional bombing or call to the National Guard) were commonplace at good ol’ State U. I can’t wait for old hippies to raid their local institution of higher learning and burn their AARP cards, singing “we shall overcome” and smoking e-marijuana. Or, at least burning incense. They represent the aging of Aquarius, and for many it hasn’t been pleasant. The crack staff here at Taylor Mason Headquarters did some research at a couple of major universities here in the USA, and here is - apparently - the way that open debates and the exchange of ideas work today in the hallowed halls of expensive, traditional private and public colleges: