You attend Eton College and Cambridge University if you want to learn how to rule. A total of 20 British prime ministers have been educated at Eton, a 580-year-old private school that costs $57,159 per year to attend, and 14 of them studied at Cambridge. Both are prestigious, historic seats of learning that wear their reputation like a badge of honor, and both are currently engulfed by two separate furors about free speech.
We’ll start with Cambridge, where the dustup hinges on a single word. This spring, the university drafted a policy requiring all academics, students, and visiting speakers to be “respectful of the differing opinions … [and] diverse identities of others.” Outraged by the threat this posed to their rights, more than 100 academics furiously demanded that “respectful” be dialed back a fraction of a semitone to “tolerant.”