For the past decade, on American campuses, history has been declining more rapidly than any other major, even as more and more students attend college.
Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University and Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago law professor and noted first amendment scholar, co-editors of The Free Speech Century (Oxford University Press, 2018), talk about American courts and free speech from Oliver Wendell Holmes’ 1919 Schenck vs United States opinion through today.
Triumphalism is the attitude or belief that a particular doctrine, religion, culture, or social system is superior to and should triumph over all others.
Triumphalism may both benefit and prove detrimental to the survival of a doctrine, culture, or social system. Dangers include:
- Impaired ability to judge the value or morality of the group’s actions;
- Cessation of creativity and innovation within the group;
- Blindness to other groups’ strengths and innovations;
- A tendency to over-reach against the group’s competitors, based on an inflated sense of the likelihood of triumph in conflict.
At the same time, triumphalism also provides impetus to proselytization, conquest and the general expansion of a group or doctrine.Many successful historical movements have worked from a triumphalist base. Examples include the Islamic conquests of the 7th century, European colonialism, and the concept of manifest destiny which helped the United States to dominance in North America.
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