Our Universities: Waste, Waste, Waste

Cynical Theories - Audiobook

This was an unusual book review for me to do because the content of Critical/Cynical Theories is about as close as you can come to pure gibberish while still using the alphabet. It’s not the authors’ fault, but that’s what you get when you quote the Far Left Crazy.


The authors, a couple of liberals, fear that the Far Left will go too far and drive everybody else into the arms of the Far Right. Can’t happen soon enough, sez I.

As you plod through the verbal swamps of Far Left babble, you can’t avoid being appalled by the colossal waste that is “higher education”–waste of money, time, effort, and anything else that they can think of wasting. The billions of dollars spent every year to generate this garbage and drill it into the empty heads of gullible students constitutes a sin: the sin of incontinence. The money would be better spent on amusement parks.

The American people need to wake up and realize that they’re being scammed, if not outright robbed. For all the money they spend on higher education, they’re only getting garbage for it. As for the alumni who support these idiot factories with lavish gifts of money, shame on them: they have to stop doing it.

This is the result of insisting that everyone, no matter how intellectually undistinguished, must go to college.

Read a few chapters of this book and see if your head doesn’t start pounding.


6 comments on “Our Universities: Waste, Waste, Waste

  1. Some time in the 1970s, before I went back to graduate school, I ordered a book on early 17th century English history from a University Press catalog — as I’d been doing on occasion in the years since my graduation from college, simply because I’d remained interested in English history and literature. I started reading the book — and thought something must have gone wrong with my brain. I could barely understand any of it. After two chapters, in which I THOUGHT the author was trying to say that King James I spoke with forked tongue about his reaction to the execution of his mother (Mary, Queen of Scots) — something the author could have said in two paragraphs or even two sentences instead of two chapters — but I wasn’t quite sure. I really thought I’d lost my ability to read.

    So I did an experiment: I went and read a few passages from Thomas Aquinas, Plato, and Aristotle, and I found that I could understand them perfectly well. I concluded, then, that the problem wasn’t with my brain but with the author, not to mention his editors and publisher. As it turned out, he was one of the “New Historicists” (translation: Marxists) who were becoming all the rage about then.

    The main lesson I learned from this experience was that I could no longer order books from University Press catalogs sight unseen, no matter how interesting the subject seemed to be from the blurb in the catalog. Another lesson was that I never wanted to write like that myself.

    An amusing (if annoying) postscript about that second lesson: One reader’s report I received about one of my articles stated that “The freshness of her style indicates that she is unfamiliar with the work in the field.” I burst out laughing. What a commentary on the work in the field!

  2. My head is pounding just hearing about it. Education should concentrate on reading at an efficient level and math up to some basic Algebra. Let the gifted ones pursue the higher disciplines. Cultivating character and helping the young find their callings and vocations is what is paramount. Instill the love of learning in the student and then get out of the way, so to speak.

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