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Tuesday, 28 November 2017


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The quality of British higher Ed. has nosedived because of two main factors. First, the massive expansion in numbers. As Kingsley Amis said, "More will mean worse!" and we have had idiots like Blair providing a degree course for half our school-leavers. Second, "All must have prizes". Not only have the snowflake generation grown up to not know the meaning of failure, but universities themselves have competed in a race to the bottom for student numbers. About 15 years ago there was an expose of a useless new university that I was briefly associated with. Hidden cameras recorded "dons" openly bragging about how they gave away their degrees to numpties who didn't even have to turn up, and if they did would be given any amount of "extra help" to push them through their qualification. "Blimey", I thought, "That's the end of them! They'll have to close down after that!" In fact, their applications went through the roof and they are still thriving. Stupidity pays, in every sense.

Bloom's was just one more overwrought voice wailing that everything good and right had been murdered in the fog of the 1960's. From the article:

"Enlightenment in America came close to breathing its last during the Sixties." Shockingly, Bloom analogized the student revolts he witnessed at Cornell to Martin Heidegger’s famous rector’s speech praising Hitler.

What a drama queen.

Bloom's writing however clumsy and 'elitist' was predictive about the future of higher education. The 1960s didn't murder academia, it gradually gave way to those younger profs and administrators who would and think they are justified. American campii are over run with anti Western, post modern thinkers and administrators. This has been gradual in post WW2 America AND Western Europe as well. Canada has not escaped this madness either:

Mayfly, if you happen by...

The Closing of the American Mind was written by Allan, not Harold, Bloom, old bean.

As usual, you know how to pick ‘em:

He names the pop-star Mick Jagger as a cardinal representative of the hypocrisy and erotic sterility of pop-rock music. Pop music employs sexual images and language to enthrall the young and to persuade them that their petty rebelliousness is authentic politics, when, in fact, they are being controlled by the money-managers whom successful performers like Jagger quietly serve. Bloom claims that Jagger is a hero to many university students who envy his fame and wealth but are really just bored by the lack of options before them.[28] Along with the absence of literature in the lives of the young and their sexual but often unerotic relationships, the first part of The Closing tries to explain current state of education in a fashion beyond the purview of an economist or psychiatrist—contemporary culture's leading umpires.

Whitewall, I often think of you these days when I read David’s column! I have indeed been watching many a Youtube video over Laurier, I heard the full transcript which was frustrating as I dearly, dearly wanted to tell that young girl that she had no reason to cry, and explain to those morons interrogating her that the reason she was crying was not because they were bullying her (which they were) but because of the absolute desolation she was feeling at seeing her chosen vocation being torn down into a mouthing exercise for beliefs she did not hold.

“They are very *young* adults” – this is what telling young people that they are special, and that they can do or be anything (so long as their victim card is big enough) leads to. They are people who have never endured real suffering or fought their way through anything. They don’t value achievement because it is easier to be given something than to earn it, and then easy to look down on those who work because they are mugs who have chosen the hard route. My partner tells me I am foolish to work when the Tax man takes so much from me. He doesn’t quite grasp the idea behind taxation. However, I am looking forward to my position as CEO of my company because : vagina.

But they are in charge of our new generation and much good may it do them. I am encouraged that there has been such a backlash against Laurier - I can recommend Bearing's youtube video and The Iconoclast's - but what a way for them to be found out.

Mayfly, you have said it best! The Iconoclast's I know a bit about but Bearing's youtube video is new to me. Regarding our common institutions- education, media, entertainment and government- it seems in the last 12 months, so much of each is being shown for the utter emptiness of their people and ideals. So many people are coming forward now as a backlash for having to suffer for the sake of "the team". It is almost as if the post modernists have done their Gramscian March through the institutions only to march right through to an open window and falling to the ground below. May this open window be many floors up.

Thank you, DA, for correcting my error, these bloomin' Blooms are everywhere! As to your quote, more or less spot on, I reckon.

Put not thy faith in Bloom, Harold or Allan:

Bellow claimed that Bloom, a philosopher and social critic who was ostensibly aligned with many American conservative ideas and ambitions, was anything but conservative in his private life or in many of his philosophical views. As the journalist Robert Fulford pointed out: "Remarkably, no reference to Bloom's homosexuality has previously appeared in print — not in the publicity that surrounded his best-seller, or his obituaries, or even his posthumously published book, Love and Friendship."[9] Accordingly, some took Ravelstein as a betrayal of Bloom's private life. However, Bellow vigorously defended his claims, citing private conversations between Bloom and himself in which Bloom urged Bellow to tell it all. Bloom was not a "closeted" homosexual: although he never spoke publicly of his sexual orientation, he was openly gay, and his close friends, colleagues, and former students all knew of it.[10] He was a bachelor and never married or had children.

Looks like another conservative case of “do as I say, but not as I do”.

Sorry, DA, but I am not 'shocked, I tell you, shocked' because by and large I couldn't give a stuff about Bloom's sexuality and, because it is a long time ago when I read his book, I can't remember if he expressed any views on it himself.

And, 'pur-lease', do not indulge yourself with gratuitous accusations of hypocrisy aimed at conservatives lest I mention all those Democratic socialists who weep buckets for the impoverished whilst counting their $zillions!

I didn’t realize one couldn’t be a sincere Socialist without taking a vow of poverty. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

Political correctness is not of the left only:

"The researchers found that PC exists, can be reliably measured, and has two major dimensions. They labeled the first dimension "PC-Egalitarianism" and the second dimension "PC-Authoritarianism". Interestingly, they found that PC is not a purely left-wing phenomenon, but is better understood as the manifestation of a general offense sensitivity, which is then employed for either liberal or conservative ends."

My pleasure, DA, but don't worry, the chances of the Clintons 'et al' actually passing their wealth to the poor is somewhere between 0.0 and -O.1.

Bob, I may be wrong, I frequently am, but that reeks of 'psycho-babble'!

David, you've just brilliantly demonstrated the concept. Anything that doesn't compliment your politics is "babble" or "fake".

Sorry, Duff, but I wasn’t aware the Clinton’s failure to don sackcloth and live on bread and water like a good Democrat under discussion here.

Bob, not so, just anything (well, almost anything) with the word 'psycho' attached to it!

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