Commentary: The state of conservatism on campus

Abigail Rabieh
Daily Princetonian

Excerpt: Did you hear the news? Apparently, “true political diversity and debate at the Tory is all but dead,” or so says Shane Patrick ’24 in a column published in The Princeton Tory last month. Patrick argued that the organization has become obsessed with two issues — “free speech and Israel.” Though Patrick’s assertion that Catholic students are severely underrepresented in the Tory and repelled by the organization’s focus on free speech and Israel politics is unwarranted, he isn’t wrong to point out the single-mindedness and tunnel vision of conservative groups on campus. 

Why are the topics of interest in the Tory and other conservative groups on campus so uniform? The answer does not lie with a lack of diversity, but instead in intellectual laziness.