Continuing with our “college is a huge scam and you’d be far better served going to barber school” series, this Stacy McCain piece is worth a ponder.
People, especially Europeans and their American SJW mini-mes, love to claim that Americans are “anti-intellectual.” That’s wrong. Most Americans don’t give a rat’s ass about intellectuals, it’s true, but that’s not because we hate intelligence. We admire intelligence, probably more than any other country in the world (cf. the fact that we invented everything that makes the modern world worth living in, and paid the inventors handsomely for it). What we hate are the kind of glib, superficially clever eggheads who proclaim themselves “intellectuals.”
These are the vast majority of people on campus today.
It’s easy to tell when a professor really loves his subject. These are the folks who gush over Joyce’s use of adverbs or the finer points of medieval canon law. They are, in other words, as nerdy and obsessed as any Star Trek fan, only about subjects far more recondite. You can learn a lot from those types… unfortunately, almost all of them are white, male, and have “emeritus” after their names. They’re also the happiest people on earth, because they spent their whole lives getting paid to do something they would’ve done for free, and sharing their joy of it with new generations.
Your modern prof, by contrast, generally hates the subject he supposedly teaches. No, really — read such pronouncements of a Literature professor as you can decipher. Just from the fact that you have to decipher it, it’s clear these people are opposed, in principle, to the idea of beautiful language. Ditto Historians — the typical American History prof thinks Howard Zinn was ok, but didn’t go nearly far enough, and as for historians of Europe… well, you get the picture. Philosophy profs will tell you that there’s nothing worth knowing, and you can’t really know anything anyway. Religious Studies profs are all atheists. Political “scientists” are still rhapsodizing over Eugene V. Debs while clutching their tear-stained copies of What Happened (faced with the stark choice between “our analysis was wrong” and “half the country is irredeemably deplorable,” they all unhesitatingly went for the latter). And so on.
The root of all this is ego. There’s a certain type of person I call, for lack of a better term, the Non-STEM Smart Guy. He doesn’t have to be glib and pretentious; many of them are quite intelligent. It’s just that their intelligence isn’t remunerative in our current social arrangement. Worse, the kind of guy whose intelligence does pay in our world tends to be geeky or boorish or both. Therefore, these snowflakes conclude, society must be overturned, so they can finally get their due.
Take Steve Sailer’s Law of Female Journalism
[The most heartfelt articles by female journalists tend to be demands that social values be overturned in order that, Come the Revolution, the journalist herself will be considered hotter-looking]
and apply it to the Liberal Arts — that’s the modern university. They must be smarter than Donald Trump — and, of course, Smarter Than You — because that’s the only thing that holds their egos together. So what if a plumber lives a far better and more satisfying life, on any metric that makes sense, than a professor does? They’re intellectuals, damn it, and you will respect their authoritah…..
… at $45,000 a year ($60K with room and board). Does this make any sense at all? Send your kids to cosmetology school.