I've noticed over the last 2 years of being in a Dublin University that there is a large, silent majority of students tending towards conservative ideals, primarily if not exclusively with regard to fiscal policy and acceptance of austerity. The recent referendum on the disaffiliation of UCDSU from the patently left wing USI gives me reason to believe that the majority of students are repelled or at the very least are unconvinced by leftist ideals. What I found strange about the campaign was the lack of right wing rhetoric from ordinary students on the NO side to counter the arguments of the YES side. Which begs the question, has it become socially unacceptable to espouse conservative views on a college campus? As Winston Churchill put it, "the fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists". Has the student left managed to bully the conservative students into silence? With talk from prospective candidates for positions within Students Unions of making the union's official stance on abortion pro-choice going completely unchallenged, one has to wonder to what extent students who disagree with the perceived leftist consensus have the ability or the platform to speak their minds. The way in which student leftism manifests as populism (choosing the high ground, moral or in terms of numbers) and dogma has all the characteristics of bullying, to which today's student ought to be sensitive.
Have any conservative students ever feared it would be socially unacceptable to air their opinions or has anyone at all detected a hostile atmosphere towards dissenting views?