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Subway etiquette is a funny thing, isn't it? Just the notion itself is so clearly oxymoronic as to defy the idea of a rational conversation centering around it. Like, where does one even begin when talking about a subway code of conduct? So many disgusting things happen on a daily basis on the subway—nails get clipped, nails get painted, faces get shaved—that it's hard to get really outraged over one specific thing, right? Wrong!...
Last month, Princeton student Tal Fortgang published an essay in the Tory, his university's journal of conservative discourse. The piece, "Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege," details Fortgang's experience as a Westchester-born-and-raised white male who attends an Ivy League institution and the difficulties inherent to, well, being Tal Fortgang. First among those difficulties is the frequency with which Fortgang is asked by his classmates to "check his privilege;" it's happened, Fortgang contends,...

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