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.
I believe (or hope) it greatly overstates the matter. There are still plenty of serious, curious and highly-capable higher ed students out there, but they are diluted by the masses of people looking for a diploma only plus a few years of extended adolescence. Credentialists, partiers, and cheaters.
Furthermore, I believe that the academic fascism which seems so much in vogue right now has zero to do with genuine hypersensitivity. It is pure, calculated, activist bullying. Scalp-hunting. Why college admins tolerate it for one second is beyond me. They are supposed to be the strong adults in the room. In fact, by my era's standards, the students were supposed to be adults too.
It occurred to me recently that there seems to be a correlation between the decline in the Liberal Arts and the increasing hostility to Christianity over the last 50 years. Not a rise in agnosticism or atheism, but the open hostility to anyone who even takes a benign opinion of Christianity.
Yet, you cannot go from the Greeks to the second half of the 20th century and you cannot appreciate the history, art, literature, music, philosophy, etc. of the intervening period without an appreciation of the Bible, the Catholic Church, the Reformation, and the deeply religious beliefs held by people. But the current fashion on the campus is open hostility to anyone who can even speak intelligently of the historical aspects of Christianity, much less believers.
I was in college in the 1960s and remember the student demonstrations. Instead of acting like adults the administrators would always cave into the students. We used to joke that there was nothing more craven or cowardly than a college president.
I had a roommate in grad school [1980s]who was getting a master's in Higher Education Administration. It will be kindest if I just say that I was completely unimpressed with her curriculum, faculty and colleagues. Those are the people now running America's universities. No wonder there are such problems.