I enjoyed this thoughtful series of observations enough to read it twice.
The now prevailing processes and culture embedded in our universities which you describe, I believe, were in part deliberately created. Open borders, open universities, several decades long conflict with competing totalitarian world movement. Freedom's adversaries weren't stupid, nor overwhelmed with any sense of restraint that would have kept them from taking advantage of our innate openness, and this nation would never have tolerated the kind of aggressive police state that would have made such an attack difficult. Of course our universities were targets, and of course they were overrun.
What is the principle axiom of freedom's adversaries, the advocates of totalitarianism/collectivism? That, the masses, for their own good, must be marshalled, like a giant bee colony, and ordered by instruction from well-meaning elites. If that is the goal, then a means to that end is the deliberate crippling of the institutions of mass education, replacing them with institutions of mass instruction. The masses must be deconstructed -- have their independent intellectual legs kicked out from underneath them -- and then reconstructed -- told what to believe, given their instructions.
A secondary result is the neutering of the nation -- its intellectually ability to defend freedom, as well as its ability to build the beast.
This explains the unmitigated nonsense spewing from our universities for decades. A free nation was attacked, crippled, and the entry point for this infection of totalitarian thinking was our open universities.
Not the only fulcra; as well, our popular culture. A case in point is the very terms used in this thread. How is it possible to resolve the following simultaneous assertions, aimed at our children?
1] Your education is the key to your success; work hard in school, care about your studies, try hard. And when you do...
2] ... the culture will refer to you as egghead, nerd, geek, dweeb.
We spend thousands educating our children, and millions telling them that they should value hip over smart, notoriety and fame over effort, celebrity over character.
It's easily resolved, as follows:
1] We really need kids to show up at our public schools...
2] ... so they can receive their political indoctrination, summarized as 'don't try too hard to succeed, unless it is in a meaningless and trivial fashion in one of the cultural soma industries.'
The beekeepers can't build their manageable bee colony unless the bees peacefully swallow their instructions.
I won't be easily dissuaded from believing in the existence of what I experienced first hand. 1975, sophomore, Princeton U., at or near or even slightly past the height of this attack on reason. I was an engineering major, which shielded me from most but not all of the concerted nonsense, yet fulfilling my obligation to subject myself to left wing indoctrination. I mean, fulfill my humanities requirement. There was probably a time when there was a damn good reason for that humanities requirement, but moot, because the real reason was to spread the venom deeply infecting those universities. So, just like humanities majors had a 'science' requirement -- fulfilled usually by watching rats run mazes in some Psych course -- engineers were encouraged to become 'well rounded,' when in fact it was simply an opportunity to be exposed to the insanity of paid left wing indoctrination. Not uniformly, but consistently. Not the only example of same, but my favorite. A 200 level Anthropology course, 'The Human Image in Film.' Midterm, after watching 'Nanook of the North:' "Explain why Nanook's struggle with the walrus is a metaphor for the demonstrated depravity of Capitalism and its unrelenting onslaught on humanity."
Are you kidding me? I took the complete opposite view, and argued it. The aparatchik running the instruction snarled at me when he returned my paper, "If you do this on the final, I will fail you." He was serious. I wasn't, I was taking his P.O.S. course to fulfill a requirement, P/F. This guy was a total cliche radical egghead idiot, running free and unfettered at an Ivy League school. And, he fit right in, he wasn't an exception. This numnutz wore a disconnected 35mm SLR lens on a dirty multicolored string hung around his neck, and every so often during one of his spew fests in front of the class, would suddenly stop spitting foam, grab the lens, and 'frame' the world for a second or two, overcome as he was with the urge to make virtuous proletariate art. And, while this spineless fuck was jerking and gyrating in front of a class of captured victims, many of their parents were off some where struggling to provide his subsidy, building the beast, so that their children could learn what rat bastard capitalist war mongers they were.
I worked summers in a steel fab plant, hot-dip galvanize, between semesters. Then, in the fall, I would come back and listen to my freshly indoctrinated fellow indoctrinates rail on about being the Last True Friends of the Real Working Men and Women in America. Excited Acolytes of Elitism, eager to take their place in the Circus of Paternalistic Megalomania. "But, you don't know what the phrase 'Fucking the dog' means, and have never heard it used in its proper context?" Nope. "Never set foot in a steel plant of factory, not even once?" Nope. Don't have to, to know what's best for The Real Working Men and Women in America.
And, this is what the Ivy Leagues pump out, like an assembly line of instructed slop.
Why, my very Alma Mater now proudly touts a 'Department of Financial Engineering'-- in the Engineering School no less!
And, judging by their predominance in DC and Wall Street, these constructivist 'financial engineers' are doing a bang-up, knock up job. That is, when they aren't trying to find their own ass with their own two hands, and buy their first clue.
We're about to inject another of these cookie-cutter indoctrinated minds onto the Supreme Court. Great. That's exactly what this nation needs, yet another instructed Ivy Leager in DC. We must have been just that one short of Nirvana.
We rotted from the top. I can't imagine paying $200,000+ to send my kid to the Ivy Leagues these days. Why? Who would deliberately do that to their own kids, unless they, too, had been successfully deconstructed and reconstructed? But, long moot, because even if those universities were once ground zero of the attack on this country, the disease has long spread far and wide.
Far too few Tibors. He isn't alone, just ... lonely.