. . . because they can’t complain endlessly about the “illiberal arts” majors at Middlebury College, can they? Or can they? The amount of ink they have spilled over the shut-down of white nationalist Charles Murray‘s talk there is pretty impressive, considering the shambling embarrassment of a presidential administration and the inability of the governing party to agree on much of anything. I guess there’s always the antics of a few pissed off students at an elite, private liberal arts college in Vermont, population 2,500 students, to induce panic in the ruling classes.
It’s kind of cute that they seem so fearful of us! If only we faculty were the diabolically powerful leftist Svengalis that they imagine we are. Most of us are just desperate to wean our students from fragment sentences, the bizarre use of the word “off” these days (“Based off of. . . ” What??? What is a “base?” Is a “base” something you put stuff ON, or OFF OF? Yegads, people.), and to inculcate an appreciation of the subjunctive tense as well as to pass on a little discipline-specific knowledge. (Just a little!)
If only universities were in fact leftist organizations that favored radical social change, rather than the rigidly hierarchical, bureaucratic, and essentially medieval institutions they have always been. The truth is that universities aren’t all that powerful or influential–if we were, don’t you think we’d be better funded than we are in most state unis and colleges? But we’re handing out tickets to the middle class in the form of our diplomas, after all, so there’s only so much power and influence our ruling class will permit us to exercise. And the truth is that we faculty do a pretty good job of reigning ourselves in with our insistence on “maintaining standards” and our policing of disciplinary boundaries; and as though we’re not cutting off our own gonads, our governments also hobble us with pathetic state support. Yes, even the so-called radical, leftist, secular, statist (and/or fill in your own preferred insults here) faculty have internalized the “Excellence without Money” paradigm, as some of us called it in the budget-slashing days of the Great Recession.
But, I guess it’s more entertaining to worry about what Middlebury College students are up to, as determined by their evil puppet-masters, we all-powerful Stalinist thugs who teach the arts, sciences, and most especially, the humanities.
Watch out, Red State America. We’re coming for your children! And p.s., some of us live in your towns, right in your neighborhoods! Mwaah-hahahahahaaaaaaa!