Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wha-?

Victor Davis Hanson bemoans modern academia:
What are we to make of this increasingly corrupt institution, whose health is so necessary to the welfare and competitiveness of the United States? It brags that American higher education is the strongest on the globe, but that is largely true only because of the non-political and still untainted hard sciences, engineering, and informational and computer sciences—and despite the humanities, particularly literature, philosophy, and history that have become increasingly ideological and theoretical.
Of course he's right. We must come up with a way to measure literature, philosophy and history objectively. A dipstick, perhaps? VeeDee units?

2 Comments:

Blogger Righteous Bubba said...

Each academic could wear a device on their backs that counts unique slaps. Most unique backslaps is the winner, provided you can answer a skill-testing question: was invading Iraq the right thing to do?

1:38 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

What are we to make of Victor Davis Hanson's ideological and theoretical attack upon academia?

We are told that:

* Larry Summers was involved in a fiasco

* 88 of Duke's Faculty published a letter that "weighed in" against students who were unjustly accused (FDH ignores that this is 88 out of 1,595 faculty who are tenured or tenure track)

* Ward Churchill (who has 1/1,000,000 of Summers influence, at best) was involved in a "mess"

* Unnamed (and unnumbered) professors have engaged in "outbursts" since 9/11.

Meanwhile, we have Congressmen guilty of corruption (Ney, Cunningham), propositioning minors over the internet (Foley), vehicular homicide (Janklow), and under indictment (DeLay) or investigation (Jefferson).

We have the K-street project and Abramoff, both designed to suppress non-Republican voices in lobbying Congress and suppressing contributions to Democrats.

So, what "corrupt institution" does VDH focus on? Academia. Why? Because academics do not toe his ideological line (it's as if they think for themselves!). What evidence does he provide to support his theory? None.

Perhaps VDH should consult Matthew, 7:3 -- "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

2:28 PM  

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