The promise of starting university after a high school career filled with uneducated and uncaring citizens is akin to what Gatsby felt staring at the green light across the bay. I believed that when I became a university student and began life on campus I’d be immersed in a culture of knowledgeable students with a passion to expand their boundaries.
Instead, I found a culture in which labeling oneself as right-wing, or being representative of the conservative party, or simply wanting to engage in educated conversation with members of the Left or Right, is less acceptable than being a Satanist.
For example, our university club day; I’m a person who likes to be actively involved with people who share interests and ideas with myself, so I stalked out the groups I was interested in and was quite satisfied with my selection. Then, I came across a table adorning a wide red flag bearing the dramatized face of Che Guevara with the words “socialist club” printed in big block letters underneath.
A sizable group was crowded around the table and the two people behind it were engaged in constant conversation with people wanting to join their revolution. The goal of the club, I found out, is to provide a safe place for far left idealists to converse and be among like minds without the right-wingers impeding on them—not that you’d find many outspoken conservatives willing to do so on a Canadian University campus.
I asked the chair of the club, a man named Sachin, whether or not he believes in free speech and freedoms. I explained to him that my seventh-generation Swiss family have all been leaving the country permanently over the past few decades due to the fact that the country is devolving into a socialist’s paradise.
He told me that socialists do not believe in democracy. This became very evident when myself and a friend of mine, upon learning that there is no conservative, right-wing, or anything resembling an anti-liberal club, founded the Thompson Rivers University Conservative Club. We sat at our table and had a surprising amount of support, many people signing up because they were happy to finally be represented and not afraid to go against the cultural norm of Canada as a socialist country.
However, for every person we had sign up, at least four came to decry democracy. I said to one student: “this club is about equal representation of parties for the democratic process to take place as it should.”
They replied: “there shouldn’t be democracy if it involves conservatives.”
Many people I consider friends, and whose political views I never challenged because of that fact, attacked me not on the ideas of conservatism or why I am one, but myself personally, asking, “how could you support racism?” or, “so you like school shootings?” as if by putting myself under the ‘Blue C’ banner changed who I was as a human.
Suddenly, I was a monster.
This is the kind of bias conservatives face on campus; alienation and displacement from the community is only a small effect of that. In schools all over North America, they are winning by bullying and making a huge demographic nearly invisible.
I don’t write about this to whine about how hard the world is, but because too many people directly deny democracy—and the democratic process—based on their personal beliefs, and they’re winning.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.