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.
There wasn't a lot of accommodation to outside interests in those days. Those who were expected to rule were expected to focus. That seems a good thing.
Assistant Village Idiot
That syllabus certainly implies that college was much more about learning and a lot less about partying in those days.
Every college student should have to read Kafka's The Castle and write a report that compares and contrasts the reality of bureaucracies with their portrayal in the book. Obviously, there's more to the book than that, but my memory was that the ineptitude, obtuseness, and opacity of the Castle's bureaucracy was a central theme. Kind of like the bureaucratic morass we have today.