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.
“What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. The ‘spirit of free expression’ referred to in the Brandeis statement has been stifled here, as my critics have achieved their objective of preventing me from addressing the graduating Class of 2014. Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say. They simply wanted me to be silenced. I regret that very much."
Cowards at Brandeis Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Honor, Cave to Muslim Thugs’
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Loss of moral compass is an understatement. Penn State covering up child rape at the highest levels because football. And I suspect other athletic depts knew something about it. Nat champ Def coordinator quits in his 50's and nobody hires him as head coach? Sure, right.
And the unconscionable annual price hikes for worthless degrees dooming marks, er, students, to debt, stunted job opportunities and childlessness.
And the malignant progressive indoctrination. I used to think of the news media as the biggest problem in this country, but that problem is rooted in academia too.
It's so far gone I don't think reform is possible. Most of the corrupt institutions would need to be scrapped altogether before things could improve.
Oh, well, nothing changes at the university except the standards of scholarship. And those don't change for the better. We should keep in mind that while the universities did get onboard, they were late to the party when it came to the transformation of humanity with the Industrial Revolution. Well, they did give it the catchy name. All the better to rail against progress.
"Newcomen's religion had consequences greater than absence from a local census. Dissenters, including Baptists, Presbyterians, and others, were as a class, excluded from universities after 1660, and either apprenticed, or learned their science from dissenting academies."
"At the same time that he chartered the world's first scientific society, Charles II had created an entire generation of dissenting intellectuals uncontrolled by his kingdom's ever more technophobic universities."
p29, Rosen, Willam, 'The Most Powerful Idea in the World'
What can we say about institutions that missed the most transformative development in human history since the institutions came into existence?
As for football, I recently came across this essay on college athletics by Percy Marks in 1926. Except for the use of a bit of anachronistic phraseology, little has changed except for the worse. Interesting aside, Marks left academia after writing a novel that presented college life with the scandalous hits at hazing, petting and partying.'The Plastic Age'. Now, having open dialogue and non-conformist opinions is what scandalizes the university.
"It's so far gone I don't think reform is possible. Most of the corrupt institutions would need to be scrapped altogether before things could improve."
It's the Fourth turning. The old has to be destroyed in order to usher in the New Awakening. We are in 'crisis' where the old has to be destroyed (burnt, buried and covered with salt, redug up and burnt again, leaving no remnants or possibility of reblooming) - and whether we re- build with the basis of individual freedom or totalitarian state is going to depend on how many of us are awake and aware that we have to do some suffering first.
Largest Flying Machine: I liked this bit: "Every rise and bump of the journey were to be conveyed to the paper-reading world by Lady Hay and her former lover, Karl von Wiegand, who had broken off the affair six months earlier, out of respect for his wife." Those last six words...
Brandeis: I got no respect to give them. None, zero, zip, zilch, nada. And the Silence of Feminists? Multi-culti beats women every time.
Taranto: Paullie "the Beard" Krugman...can't see the tree for the bark.