Leftist freaks took over our universities in the last 40 years. It’s the same crowd that took over Columbia’s administration building in the 60s. Let’s not forget former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn were tentured professors at prestigious universities until recently. These are not patriotic Americans.
So I have mixed feelings about seeing these craven administrators subject to the very monster they unleashed: angry, Marxist, identity politics activists. This week at Yale and Missouri, we’ve seen administrations cave to these increasingly obnoxious and angry groups, and it will only get worse, because there is no consensus-based way to limit it. They’re taught that it’s all about power and wallow in their exquisite victimization, and the recipients of their tirades believe the same basic thing. I learned a long time ago the only way to deprive these types of power is not to play the game and to reject this worldview entirely, but the white-guilt types running universities seemed to believe they’d be rewarded for their solidarity, rather than bullied for their weakness. I say, call me a racist, hater, homophobe, whatever you like. I don’t accept your scale of values and realize it’s a power play.
Another dimension of all this is the corrupting influence of sports and affirmative action. Two universities exist, one of less capable students seeking validation and credentials and professional athletic careers, versus more earnest types there to get an education, who value a university for what it used to be.
The precedent set here is monumental. Any student protester who can convince his college’s football or basketball team to threaten a strike will be able to bring administrators to their knees even more quickly than usual. Administrative cupidity and alumni fanaticism have turned the collegiate sports-industrial complex into the most powerful force on campus. If that behemoth can be reliably persuaded to support the latest racial agitation—and there will often be a critical mass of black athletes to appeal to—then an already supine leadership class will discard the reality principle once and for all.
I have a vestigal high regard for education and universities. But they’re increasingly their universities, the play things of radicals and anti-whites, who don’t believe in truth, goodness, and beauty. Real education is taking place increasingly independently, whereas university degrees less and less signal culture, erudition, curiosity, or much else of value. Let them be delegitimized. The financial component is making them an increasingly shaky proposition as a practical matter, and, with scenes like we’ve seen in the last few weeks, parents may rightly wonder if there kids don’t emerge from them not merely questioning of received wisdom, but stupidly indoctrinated by hostile maniacs.