We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
People prone to collectivist fantasies seek to escape the struggles of their present life and transport themselves to a place where mankind has triumphed over the adversities of the “mundane” to frolic like gods amongst the stars.
Now, imagine you are one of these desperate men or women, and someone promises you in a rather convincing manner that their system of social structure and governance will bring that sterling-silver-gravity-defying-Star-Trek-future to you. What would you be willing to trade for even a glimpse into the next epoch? Some, sadly, are willing to trade everything, including their freedoms...
I believe the common refrain among this group is "Moo!"
To be fair, they cover that "moo" with the language of post-modernism. And they do it very well, to the point that those who would be appalled if they heard it rally to the smart words spewed to cover the alarming sounds.
As this writer proffers, the Academy, liberal arts especially, has been corrupted and now offers little positive to the productive society.
As long as the legacy of postmodern multiculturalism continues to dominate higher and public education, the academic conceit of critical thinking from today’s liberal education will continue to be an ironic oxymoron. For postmodern multiculturalism dismisses Western reason, evidence, science, and knowledge, the very foundations of critical thinking.
Critical thinking requires knowledge of cultural heritage but that is gone now, except for those who resist the indoctrination.
Tragically, and for the foreseeable future, the evidence above from NAS and others shows that capitalism and business cannot look to the academy’s liberal education to provide the habits of mind or learning needed for critical thinking. To the contrary, the critical thinking peddled by the academy would harm rather than help business performance.