As early as 1861, one of America’s great thinkers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, smelled something foul in Academia. In The Celebration of the Intellect he tells us that,
“Harvard College has no voice in Harvard College, but State Street [the financial/political interests] votes it down on every ballot. Everything will be permitted there, which goes to adorn Boston Whiggism – is it geology, astronomy, poetry, antiquities, art, rhetoric? But that which exists for, to be a fountain of novelties out of heaven, a Delphos uttering warning and ravishing oracles to lift and lead mankind – that it shall not be permitted to do or think of. On the contrary, every generosity of thought is suspect and has a bad name. And all the youths come out decrepit citizens; not a prophet, not a poet, not a daimon, but is gagged and stifled or driven away.”
And now, to make matters worse, our universities have safe spaces where a giant child can go and spend quality time coloring rainbows or rolling out Play Dough if another giant child hurts his or her or whatever’s feelings. Now we have epic rants over pronouns. Now we have students screaming cocks not glocks. Now we have so-called POC students blocking white students from going to class even as these same POC students get scholarship money not for any sort of actual scholarship but for being a few shades darker than whitey who pays or doesn’t go to school; this they pass off as white privilege. How is any of this passing for education?
The better question might be this: How is it that a small group of international financiers has been in control of our rotten university system for more than a century now and so few of us have protested? What business have they running our schools? Big business; that’s the answer. Around the time of World War One, Evans Clark, a preceptor at Princeton University (who was fired for daring to voice his findings) discovered that “bankers, manufacturers, merchants, public utility officers, financiers, great publishers, and lawyers” made up more than half of the boards of every school he surveyed. There were no basic labor representatives at all. Not a single professor was a board member at the college where he or she taught and only a tiny percentage served at all.
The board, of course, determines the direction or “theme” of the university. When that board is made up of individuals whose priorities lie in their bank accounts, we have every right to question their motives and likely self-serving agendas. Evans Clark’s conclusion, before he was relieved of his job, was that,
“We have allowed the education of our youth to fall into the absolute control of a group of men who represent not only a minority of the total population but have, at the same time, enormous economic and business stakes in what kind of an education it shall be.”
Other dissenters around Clark’s time thought socialism might be the answer to this capitalist take-over of our schools; news of the horrors of Bolshevism hadn’t yet made it over the sea. Slowly but surely, our schools slipped into a Marxist grip and what is the result? International financiers are still sitting on the board and different labels are slapped atop the same agendas. We are indebted for years as students are coddled and rendered useless. The value of an education goes down as the price goes up. Challenging the status quo will earn you not a degree but walking papers. Don’t rock the yacht! Capitalists, socialists; the elite at the top don’t care what you call them. They are the puppet masters and we are being played.