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When President Trump took a dig at Democrats during a Japanese diplomatic trip in 2019, the press was aghast, and Joe Biden’s campaign released a statement that political attacks while abroad were “beneath the dignity of the office,” for breaking a long-held tradition that politics stops at the water’s edge. Yet when President Biden takes time to lambaste the “phony populism” of the GOP, nothing but crickets from the formerly offended Fourth Estate.
When a North Korean defector compares the American university system to the oppressive regime back home, perhaps it’s time for these institutions to take note. Yeonmi Park said that “I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different, but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.” Among these similarities, she noted anti-Western sentiment, collective guilt, and suffocating political correctness. When the education system of one country follows the trajectory of another, how long can it be before the rest of the state apparatus follows suit?