Can the Universities Survive?

Can the Universities Survive?

There is a crisis at American universities: a crisis of stupidity. It has been brewing for a while, but it intensified beginning around 2012. How much stupidity can a university take before it ceases to be a university, before it collapses under the weight of its own stupidity? The DEI craze was stupid, but so is the backlash against it. Title IX became stupid. The whole thing about Israel is stupid—the protests and the response to them. The students are stupid, so are the administrators, so are the professors. People talk rubbish constantly. I no longer work at a university. I haven’t been on a university campus for over ten years (I’m banned from the one I used to work at and I haven’t been invited to any others), but I can see from the outside that things have gotten, well, stupid. Universities used to be places of intelligence—that was the whole point—but now they are places of politics (the art of the stupid). Why is this? I don’t know, except that intelligence is hard and stupidity is easy; it will grow if given the chance. Philosophy, in particular, has succumbed to stupidity. Philosophers nowadays seem to revel in it. Just look at the blogs. I can’t tell you the levels of stupidity I have had to put up with over the last few years, and from people I thought quite intelligent. We know that people are a pretty bad lot, but at least they weren’t completely stupid. Now stupidity is thought admirable, virtuous. It’s an epidemic, a Covid of the mind. I wonder how long the universities can survive in their traditional form.

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  1. Free Logic
    Free Logic says:

    Besides the stupidity epidemic, let’s not underestimate the amount of money pouring into US universities from the countries interested in weakening and ultimately destroying the liberal West. These bad actors play a long term game and payroll the professional organizers who control every move of the gullible students and their radical teachers. Lenin aptly called the latter “useful idiots”. Out of control illegal immigration into US allows in more infiltrators.

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