How America Reacted to ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’

Writer Greg Lukianoff sits down with Atlantic editor in chief James Bennet to discuss the response to his cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” a critical look at the effects of trigger warnings and microaggressions on college campuses. He had initially expected “to have to deal with a ton of hate mail,” he says, but the response has been largely positive. In this conversation, Lukianoff and Bennet discuss the common arguments against the piece and summarize its key points. “A lot of this new speech policing is justified through reference to psychological frailty, and I’m trying to make the point that this is not a positive way to look at people,” Lukianoff says. “It can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”