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“Lived experience” matters—but not more than everything else

A new trend in student politics deserves more scrutiny

By Alex Dean  

University students march in against student fees. Students involved in politics are increasingly citing "lived experience" when making their arguments ©TERRY SCOTT/NEWZULU/PA Images

Student political activists have come in for criticism recently—much of it justified. They have been attacked for their apparent hyper-sensitivity, for example their focus on “microagressions”—small slights such as talking over someone. Perhaps the most frequent criticism has been directed at students who “no-platform” speakers who disagree with…

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