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.
The true university these days is a collection of books.
- Thomas Carlyle
This fetish for old buildings is touching, but useless. As is said in the interview, the humanities, more appropriately, the vanities, are now centers of ideological conformity. The university is dead. It takes 50-60 years the clear out the deadwood at the university, assuming that deadwood permits new growth. Does anyone think a bunch of old buildings haunted by angry ideologues will not be Detroit, decaying, long left behind, by those who want open investigation of the world and open dialogue?
Old fossils bemoaning the days of yore is just part of the foliage on any campus. Everyone knows that all of the real education happens in the bars and sometimes, if you are lucky, behind the stacks in the remote, empty portions of the library.