I think there are many valid criticisms to be made about the state of higher education in the US, including falling standards. However, I find the argument that it is liberal orthodoxy that has somehow gotten a stranglehold on education to actually be rooted in the kind of elitism you decry. Allowing students to study popular culture as part of their curriculum makes sense and helps produce students who can analyze the world around them in a thoughtful, savvy manner. Classes that incorporate modern literature, such as comic books and graphic novels, and that include studies of sex and pornography are rooted in the culture that surrounds us all. Why shouldn't students who are interested be allowed to analyze these cultural products in a scholarly manner? There is no school in the US that awards degrees to students who only study porn or read comic books--those are minor facets of a much larger curriculum.I think you provide some great examples of the liberal orthodoxy in education. Now our diploma printing industry gives degrees to show up! Come on in, bring your money, govt funding, and loans. You can get a degree here if we have to make watching porn and reading comic books into college level courses. Wouldn't you agree QB, that there is a definite liberal environment on university campuses? Would you agree that most in academia have liberal values?
On this, I mostly agree with you. I find the Democratic Party, save for a few members, to be a complete abomination. I see scant difference in the actions of Republicans and Democrats, and I think it's a depressing, infuriating joke that we pretend to have a two-party system.You made a point in another thread about how you find it amazing how lower income people can support tax cuts for the rich. In that same light, I also wonder how lower income people can continue to support liberal ideas that continue to fail to deliver what is promised. How long and how much has been spent on a "war on poverty" yet at every turn we are told how people have it so bad and will be starved if we don't take more from the "rich"?
The simple truthiness of the whole matter is that the ruling class continues to make promises that it can't or won't keep in order to keep power over the country class. We see this played out on a daily basis with the budget. It is like pro wrastling seeing the repubs & democrats act like they are really fighting it out when they both are part of the same organization. Last October repubs promise $100bn in cuts if elected, then it gets whittled down to $68bn, and then $38bn when the deal is struck. Meanwhile they spent $1,600,000,000,000.00 more than they have (which is a lot) over that same fiscal year? It seems like a bad joke.