Bill Maher on Universities
Bill Maher unleashed a diatribe against American universities last night, especially elite ones, mainly prompted by recent events concerning Israel. He blamed various cultural influences and what now passes for scholarship. There is now a good deal of agreement with this (I certainly agree with it). I want to add that my own experiences over the last ten years have fully confirmed this bleak assessment: there has been a virtually complete intellectual and moral collapse on American campuses, which has spread to other English-speaking countries. There is now a vengeful, irrational, and hysterical mood abroad; and very few people have the guts to stand up to it. I regret to report that American academic feminists have played a major role in this collapse. I see no encouraging signs for the future as long as collaboration and cowardice reign. Decencies we once took for granted are now in retreat, and ideology and fear are all that’s left. Young people are among the worst offenders.