One of the main things that makes the Left so infuriating to deal with is: they’ve built their whole lives around Sticking It to The Man, which requires constantly denying the obvious fact that they themselves have been The Man for more than half a century. Jay Carter’s excellent “letter from the Dean” in the previous post is a nice illustration. This is exactly the kind of thing you’d expect a college Dean to say, IF he were interested in preserving the institution of which he’s in charge.
Real Deans don’t work like that, of course, because they’re Leftists. As Leftists, they think of themselves as the students’ allies, working to overthrow the racism, sexism, etc. imposed by…. well, by themselves, since they’re in complete control and can run things however they like. It’s deeply schizophrenic, which is why we Normals assume there must be a scam somewhere. A scam entails a rational (or, at least, understandable) motive; some kind of perceived benefit to the scammer. Figure out what it is, we think, and we can send the whole system crashing down.
But there isn’t one. It’s not a scam. They really do believe their own bullshit, these ivory tower types. They’ve figured out a way to split their brains, to build some kind of big beautiful wall between what they know and how they act, such that the sure knowledge they’re protesting themselves never makes it to the other side.
The main way they do it is by blaming life’s imperfection on the vaguest, gassiest thing they can slap a label on. Thus, the endless outcry against “Capitalism.” Insofar as “capitalism,” small C, is a thing, it’s a part of human firmware — we’ve been exchanging stuff for other stuff since we stopped swinging in trees, and we’ll be doing it long after we’ve been enslaved by superintelligent apes. They know it, too — they’re reminded of it every time they charge another Thai/Nigerian/Eskimo fusion brunch on their MasterCards — so they make up some bullshit about “Reification,” which is the process by which “Capitalism” turns “the relations of the means of production” into actual things in the real world. It’s not that you think Thai/Nigerian/Eskimo fusion cuisine is delicious; it’s that you’re trained to desire it by Big Restaurant, who relies on this Pavlovian conditioning to keep its eeeeevil profits up.
[In the glorious Socialist future, when Capitalism has finally been destroyed, we’ll all be blissfully happy sitting in front of our mud hovels, eating whatever critters are dumb enough to wander into our open mouths].
This is why the university ecosystem is worth studying. The Left’s Reality-denying dilithium crystals are already overloading on campuses nationwide. Colleges in big cities, red states, or both can still kinda sorta blame the surrounding are for Utopia’s delay, but in places like California and New England they’re out of excuses. I once taught in a state where you couldn’t get elected dog catcher running as a Republican. Even Democratic Presidential candidates didn’t bother campaigning there– not from Hillaryesque hubris, but simply because there was no point. It’s the kind of place that produces those Gorillas in the Mist-style exposes on the strange and fearsome habits of those legendary beasts, Ordinary Americans.*
Those Us are in a real quandary. They have to do something, as the higher ed bubble is well on its way to bursting. Enrollment is down, donations are down, and — to hear them tell it — five out of every three coeds gets raped by the end of freshman orientation. But — this is their Utopia. Conservatives might as well be mastodons, so often are they sighted anywhere in the state. The Leftest part of the Left has been in total control for decades. They set the admissions policies, run the police forces, staff the kangaroo courts, control the state house. It’s the closest thing you’ll find in America to a Worker’s Paradise… and, like every other Worker’s Paradise worldwide, the Workers are fleeing in droves.
How are they going to overcome the cognitive dissonance? They’re shrewd as Shylock when it comes to padding their own paychecks, but the only thing that could possibly save them is acknowledging that The Customer is Always Right…. which is the one thing they’re absolutely incapable of doing.
It’ll be a hoot, but more importantly, it’ll be a lesson. Find that pressure point, the spot where the bubble’s weakest….. and squuuueeeeeeeeeze.
*n.b. I gave you the Iowahawk parody, because I’m cool like that, though Iowahawk himself gives you a link to the original if you’re feeling masochistic.