Limiting the ability of others to express divergent opinions is not a threat to conservatism — it is a threat to the entire Socratic method upon which the liberal arts university model is based. One doesn’t have to be a MAGA redneck or a PETA tree-hugger or anything else to be horrified by America’s trend (from extremes on both sides) of trying to silence or eliminate one’s intellectual opponents. I recall Princeton as an eclectic mix of caffeine-stoned intellectuals espousing diverse (and occasionally batshit crazy) views on politics and everything else. I can think of nothing more depressing than the idea of Princeton one day rejecting anything except the “correct” way of thinking, whatever that may be.

Glen Lockwood ’91
Volcano, Hawaii