If you’re outraged and don’t know why, but, since your BFFs are, you are too, then this column is for you.

Trigger warning: If you’re one of those precious little snowflakes who #StandWithMizzou and support the #MillionStudentMarch, be warned: the following contains potentially “hurtful” micro-aggressions that may invade the reality-free sanctuary of your Safe Space™ and leave you cowering in the fetal position.

If this is you, then read at your own risk.

For everyone else, let’s define the terms:

— Trigger: noun, 1. potentially distressful words or learning materials likely to cause PTSD in Millennials who’ve been helicopter-parented into a frozen state of perpetual dysfunction (e.g., Twain’s Tom Sawyer, the U.S. Constitution or any lecture by Ann Coulter). Paradoxically the word “trigger” is, itself, a trigger, as it is likely to evoke images of scary-loud bang-bangs.
— Trigger warning: noun, 1. the self-wrought burden bohemian professors now face to pre-emptively pamper and advise the little monsters of their own making that they’re about to say something that might send them into a fear-driven and jaw-droppingly disrespectful frenzy of utterly irrational, self-righteous indignation (see schadenfreude).
— Micro–aggressions: noun, 1. any innocuous word or phrase that, whether intentional or not, gives a liberal an excuse to feign offense (e.g., “America is exceptional;” “When it comes to race, I’m colorblind;” or, “You micro-aggress like a girl.”
— Safe Space: noun, 1. progressive circle of self-entitled, “everyone-gets-a-trophy” pansies free of critical thinking, differing opinions, reality and oxygen.

At the heart of all this is rebellion for the sake of rebellion. It was bad in the ’60s, but it’s far worse now. At least in the ’60s the misguided revolutionaries had the courage of their convictions and would face-down the National Guard. Today, they flee, arms in the air, for their Safe Space™ vacuum chamber.

Ayn Rand once wrote, “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”

Those consequences are on display now.

It’s been said – by whom I don’t recall – that, to conservatives, George Orwell’s 1984 was a cautionary tale. To “progressives,” it’s a how-to manual.

You thought last week’s outburst of faux outrage on America’s liberal college campuses was something new. It’s not. While it looks a bit like the counter-cultural hippie revolution of the 1960s (that’s the aesthetic they’re going for), today’s “Million Student March” and the other race-baiting, “white privilege,” hissy-fit “protests” at Mizzou, Yale and elsewhere, don’t characterize the counter-culture at all. They are the culture. Conservative truth-tellers now represent the counter-culture.

Indeed, the neophyte Millennials raising their arms in the clenched fist salute (also known as the “Red Salute” by cultural Marxists such as the Soviet Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War and Mao Tse-tung during the Chinese Civil War) are, unwittingly, conforming, en masse, to the empty romance of “progressive” non-conformity. Freethinkers? Hardly. These kiddos need an instruction manual for toilet paper. Cute as the little buggers may be, they’re but a gaggle of self-entitled, uber-naïve, malleable Marxist robots.

It’s eerily reminiscent of Chairman Mao’s youthful Chinese “Red Guard” (1966-76). As Encyclopedia Britannica notes, under Mao’s Communist regime, “groups of militant university and high school students [were] formed into paramilitary units as part of the Cultural Revolution.” These easily manipulated young people (sound familiar?) who responded “to his summons fancied themselves as new revolutionary rebels pledged to eliminating all remnants of the old culture in China, as well as purging all supposedly bourgeois elements within the government.” Mao sought to abolish what he called the “Four Olds”: old customs, old culture, old habits and old ideas.

How “progressive” of him.

Like the Chinese Red Guard, today’s American equivalent wants lots of free stuff – say, like free college – and likewise seeks to undermine, if not completely destroy, all traditional values. Mao’s platform shared the hallmarks of modern “progressivism”: entitlement, redistribution, moral relativism, atheism and tyranny.

“While engaging in marches, meetings, and frenzied propagandizing,” concludes Britannica, “Red Guard units attacked and persecuted local party leaders as well as schoolteachers and school officials, other intellectuals, and persons of traditional views. Several hundred thousand people died in the course of these persecutions.”

America’s Red Guard is just warming up. These “progressive” puppets protest everything at once and nothing at all. They demand – hey, hey, ho, ho – that their liberal mentors move with them from the leftward fringes, straight off the cliff’s edge.

Or resign.

And so the grown-ups bow to the babes and resign, cower, coddle and apologize, feeding this suckling Bratzilla with the mother’s milk of weakness. Rather than placating these already overindulged beasts, it only makes them stronger and encourages them to issue additional, and increasingly absurd, demands.

As long as we allow business as usual in this collegiate shop of horrors, these cultural Marxist change agents will keep manufacturing fake racial incidents, anti-LGBT “hate crimes” and any number of similarly ridiculous, yet equally effective, pretexts for remaining perpetually PO’d.

Winston Churchill famously observed, “If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no brain.”

Until the adults put the children in time-out, this destructive astroturf movement, with it’s delicate, yet blindly determined little flowers, will continue to blossom.

“Feed me, Seymour!”

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).\

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About the author: Matt Barber

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in-chief of and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. In addition to his law degree, Matt holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University. Matt is both an author and a popular columnist. He’s known for a unique writing style (an entertaining blend of thoughtful analysis and Swiftian satire, delivered with a rapier wit). Many newspapers and online publications run Matt’s columns, to include WND, TheBlaze, the Washington Times, TownHall and many more. Author of the book, “The Right Hook: From the Ring to the Culture War,” Matt is currently penning his first novel. In addition to frequent public speaking engagements, Matt has appeared as a cultural analyst on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN and is a regular guest on dozens of talk radio programs and networks including Michael Savage, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, Dennis Prager, the Michael Medved Show, the Janet Mefferd Show and others. Matt also co-hosts “Faith and Freedom” a daily legal and cultural issues talk radio program heard on about 90 stations across the country. Matt served twelve years in the Army National Guard, was a law enforcement officer for three years and a corporate fraud investigator for five years. Setting him apart from others in his various fields, Matt was an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer retiring in 2004. Prior to turning pro, he was a several time state and regional Golden Gloves champion, competing in the 1992 Western Olympic Trials and winning a Gold Medal in the 1993 Police and Fire World Games.

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