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.
Well, they do love their Medieval roots. Unlike the Scottish Universities, the Medieval ones were more about special privilege for the "scholars" than teaching.
The medieval university differed in many respects with our idea of a modern university. It was primarily a guild of teachers and scholars, formed for common protection and mutual aid. It was a republic of letters, whose members were exempt from all services private and public, all personal taxes and contributions, and from all civil procedure in courts of law. The teaching function was secondary, and often entirely overlooked. The Scottish university from the beginning, however, emphasized the teaching function, and created an atmosphere academic rather than civil or political.
It should be noted that the men who transformed the world with the industrial revolution came from the Scottish universities, alternative universities or the trades and not the sad privilege institutions that our universities more and more resemble.
Bok is a decent person and was a stolid--if a bit smug--college president. A fine dinner companion. He is however the supreme embodiment of conventional wisdom and wears his gravitas to hide his lack of veritas. Worse, he might not even be aware that intoning the latest concepts in a pleasing baritone is not the same thing as actually thinking. But hey! He looks the part. Unfortunately his books are stupefyingly predictable.