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.
Today, as Mort Zuckerman accurately contended in a Friday evening Wall Street Journal op-ed, “we are experiencing, in effect, a modern-day depression,” where “dependent millions” relying on food stamps and swelling the disability rolls “are the invisible counterparts of the soup kitchens and bread lines of the 1930s.”
Uh oh, what makes cities grow? Entrepreneurial university culture and graduates who start small businesses. Nobody tell the Obamas since they advise graduates to go into government and non-profits.
Luxurious dorms - Paul Graham observed that the transition from college was difficult due to the change from guest to servant. Difficult as most graduates seem unaware of their status change. Made all the more difficult when you are moving from the spa. I don't know about others here but for me, moving from college to the real world was a step up in living conditions. And I went to sea shortly after graduating.
Of course now, the transition is from guest, to servant, then to slave when those student loans become pressing.
My freshman year I attended a top-50 university, then and now widely known as a cover school for those who wanted to attend an Ivy League school. When I attended, it cost ~$4000 a year to attend the school. In today's dollars, that would be $27,000. It currently costs ~$55,000 for a year. In real terms, the cost to attend the school has doubled.
My dorm featured cinder block painted in puke-pink. There was a collective bathroom for the corridor. While I didn't like the puke pink color of the cinder block, I cannot say that my educational experience was degraded by it.
Student loans are burdened by superfluous costs such as luxurious dorms. And bloated university administrations, of course.
In looking at the disaster of sky high university costs brought on by the easy money of student loans, I am reminded of Ronald Reagan's lines: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
I wish I had save the link but I read a post by a college lecturer who had returned to grad school. What she lamented was the late night bull sessions on high minded topics were now a thing of the past. Student just didn't congregate to discuss intellectual topics preferring instead to hit the gym or the big screen.
One thing not conducive to thinking in general and critical thinking and learning critical thinking in particular is distractions. The austerity of the college dorm left little alternative but to tackle those difficult studies. Or, gasp, read a book in a critical manner.
I can't help but remember that many of the great works both famous and infamous, were written when the writer was limited in his diversions, via prison, gulag, remote location, etc.
Oh so many years ago I used to go to the 7th floor of the library to study. Rarely did anyone else go up their and way in the back by the windows was perfect. The windows had those permenent metal slats on the outside to prevent the sun from shining in so from inside the library you could only look down at about a 45 degree angle. But wait, the womens dorm was right across the street and would you believe that at night even with their blinds drawn you could see right in thanks to that 45 degree angle. I think I came close to flunking a few classes that year.