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The recent campus events have not been especially good for fans of academic integrity. Social Justice Warriors (SJW’s) have achieved one success after another while college Presidents have been busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest in confessing toxic white privilege and promising to do “whatever it takes” to appease thin-skinned students of color.

Nevertheless, the news from the front is not entirely depressing. At least when it comes to dumbing down the faculty by diversifying it, the barbarians have been halted. Yes, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University both have pledged $100 million each, Yale $50 and Johns Hopkins $25 million (among many others) to hire more blacks and Hispanics but such standards-destroying diversification is not about to happen. The reason for optimism is that university administrators have engaged in masterful deceit and those bamboozled do not suspect a thing. Such is the advantage of dealing with stupid folk—they are easily fooled.

First some background. Since the late 1960s universities have pursed faculty diversity so nothing is particularly new. Just read decades of job announcements with boilerplate “minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply” provisions. Universities have long had special well-funded committees to unearth promising minority candidates to be forwarded to departments with “can you hire this guy and we’ll pay half?” notes.

I recall designated affirmative action “commissars” attached to every recruitment commitment to counter white racist bias against worthy black applicants. Similarly unsuccessful were efforts to identify promising minority candidates early and then hire them before the competition discovered them. The upshot was adding ill-prepared graduate students as full-fledged faculty and then watching them struggle with completing a dissertation and publishing some original research so as to move into a tenure track position. Then there were programs for academically weak black Ph.D.’s to receive an extra a year or two of post-doc mentoring to improve their chances of securing tenure track jobs. Further add mandatory faculty sensitivity training so racially tone-deaf white professors could detect otherwise unnoticed abilities in black applicants. A recent book regarding the paucity of blacks in the pipeline suggested that department graduate admissions committee penalize black applicants by making hurried decisions plus the lack of scientific standards necessary to properly judge minority applicants.

In other words, just about everything to boost these numbers has been tried and everything has failed.

The barely speakable reality is that there are insufficient numbers of worthy minority job candidates. According to National Science Foundation data, African Americans overall earned just 4% of doctorates awarded in 2014 but the figures are far less in the sciences and mathematics—just 1.8% in the physical sciences, 2% of the Ph.D.s in mathematics and 1.7% of those awarded in engineering. In some fields not a single doctorate was awarded to an African American (by contrast, black Ph.D.’s are disproportionately in education). And keep in mind that the few promising graduate students and Ph.D. will probably have far more lucrative offers from private firms and thus reduce the pool to near zero.

Ironically, upping the pressure to hire more minority professors will generate yet more failure. Thanks to the social justice epidemic, Penn, Hopkins, and Yale plus probably every other respectable school will now all be energetically chasing the same tiny talent pool. The normal rules of supply and demand do not apply when seeking black faculty, especially in science and engineering. Supply and demand will “work” only to the extent of more outrageous salaries for those few blacks hired but this generosity will not expand the candidate pool. It’s hard to imagine a struggling black undergraduate deciding on a Ph.D. in chemistry to take advantage of a half-dozen freshly created super-well paid jobs at prestige schools.

Now for the coup de grace to this fakery: the big numbers are obviously pulled out of thin air whose purpose can only reflect calculation of what will silence the agitated fools. How in the world, for example, is Yale going to spend $50 million on recruiting and then hiring a few black professors? It costs almost zilch to assemble a recruitment committee and place the “minorities are encouraged to apply” advertisement in multiple professional journals and then dispatch professors to a convention to track down would-be applicant. Even flying the potential recruit to the campus on a private jet and putting him in the Ritz Carlton and then holding a lavish banquet in their honor will cost less than $10,000.

Nor will grossly over-paying several black recruits to ward off counter-offers from rivals add up to more than a million or two per year. In fact, if Yale hired 10 new minority faculty—a Guinness Book of record level of accomplishment– at a starting salary of $150,000 this would just spend $1.5 million of the allocated $50 million. And this stellar feat would have to be repeated for at decade or more to spend the promised $50 million.

But, success at one school would mean ones fewer trophy professors at rival schools. Recruiting minority faculty is a zero sum game and keep in mind that to reach racial proportionality nationally, the total number of black faculty on American campuses would have to double.

Think of it this way—tens of millions to appease Social Justice Warriors in a game of musical chairs whose only solution is permitting black professors to hold multiple appointments. Like today’s exploited lowly-paid adjuncts, prized minority faculty might travel from school to school albeit in private jets teaching a course here, one there and so on so the each university could claim them as faculty.


All and all, top universities are having their feet put to the fire to accomplish an impossible task—the requisite faculty do not exist and, to be frank, will probably never be found. But, as we have said, fakery is so simple. These multi-million dollar commitments can easily be re-routed to intellectually harmless academic apartheid: centers devoted to African American themes that can soak up the otherwise academically unemployable plus armies of administrators of color to organize lavish conferences, dinners honoring visiting scholars and similar run-up-the-bill benefits. For example, protestors at Michigan State University demanded a Department of African American and African Studies with an annual budget of $3 million, twenty fully funded graduate assistantship packages, and, at minimum, ten tenure-stream faculty members by Fall 2017. This is a pittance in the school’s budget but of the utmost important, MSU’s intellectual excellence will not suffer one iota. Quite likely rules covering academic qualification, notably having a doctorate can be replaced with criteria such as working in community organizing or having held elective office.

This deceit should hardly surprise anybody familiar with university politics. Recall the old joke that a friend in the academy is somebody who stabs you in the front. Since no weak-kneed administrator can admit the harsh truth about hiring more blacks, they must resort to the traditional academic stratagems of deceit and subterfuge. They announce attention-getting sums knowing that this money will never be spent, appoint various committees and task forces whose sole accomplishment will be issuing impressive looking reports and Master Plans, and then hire a few well-paid black administrators to go through the motions of finding non-existent faculty.

Who would have ever believed that the lying and deceit so commonplace among university administrators would ever be used to defend high intellectual standards?

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  1. Very funny reading this. I sometimes think we live in Kafkaesque times.

    You’re right. Its all about going through the motions until the Narrative is broken.

    “Hatefacts” like amount of Phds in academically weak areas like education won’t convince anyone.

    Neither will repeated failure or even scandal.

    What will happen is that people will just send their kids or donate to schools with standards. Kind of like how whites choose to live away from blacks or whites only hire whites/jews/asians for front office roles in companies and slap a few blacks in the administrative side to meet anti-racism quotas.

    Once the Supremes knock AA down, that should turn off the faucet of bewildered angry black students who’ve been trained to blame white men for their poor performance.

    I was watching Taxi Driver last night and couldn’t believe how prescient it is. Social engineering is stuff like the above. Small confusing dragged out actions. Not confronting and revolutionising things openly. Patience.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    , @joe webb
  2. JEGG says:

    I’m curious as to who counts as being black. What if 6 of your great grandparents were white, one was black and one was a Pacific islander. Could you count as black? What if you are a black from South Africa with advanced degrees from there. Could you count as black while teaching at a US university?

    • Replies: @Triumph104
    , @Truth
    , @markflag
  3. Clyde says:

    50 million dollar supersized versions of more “plaques for blacks” as seen in Bonfire of the Vanities. Via Steve Sailer.

  4. I suppose they could simply hire those of their top sports players who don’t get picked up by the big leagues … would also do wonders for their placement stats.

  5. I think the trick for the Universities is going to be in giving up on African-Americans and hiring direct from Africa, where in my experience there is a surprising amount of academic talent – if not in the hardest sciences, then certainly in Law and similar soft-but-not-useless topics. West & South Africa are particularly promising.

    Of course this does not help actual black Americans, but then neither does giving jobs to unqualified members of the African-American elites.

    • Replies: @FLgeezer
  6. More evidence of a belief that resources are unlimited.

    When money (food, wealth, what-have-you) grows on trees, who cares how much is consumed (burned) trying to keep the rabble placated, right?

    Everywhere we look today, we see waste on a scale so vast it simply cannot be described. We have legally-established systems of unmeasurable waste in Medical Services, Educational Services, Defense Services (AKA the DoD) and every other aspect of human endeavor.

    In a time of (perceived) unlimited wealth, there is simply no constituency for reining in the waste, the robbing Peter to pay Paul, or paying Adam to dig a ditch and Bruce to simply fill it back in. The above article describes simply one more welfare system, only this one explicitly pays out based on skin color. I can’t wait until the worm turns and this is perceived as it really is.

    Today’s perception is simply an artifact of the Greatest Credit Bubble Ever.

    When this folie a plusiers finally ends, all this un-Fkg-believable stupidity will collapse like the World Trade Center towers, in toxic dust-strewn rubble.

    Frankly, I’ve got my popcorn popper primed and my lawn chair staged so I can watch the spectacle in comfort.

  7. @The Philosopher

    I sometimes think we live in Kafkaesque times.


    I’m curious enough to ask what you think when you are not of the mind that we live in Kafkaesque times? Do you think all this collectively moronic behavior is salutary? Sustainable?

  8. FLgeezer says:
    @Simon in London

    A notorious Florida diploma mill leads the nation in granting worthless AA Doctorates:

    And we the hapless taxpayer will wind up footing the bill:

    Ain’t ed-u-cay-shun grand?

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @RobRich
  9. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says: • Website

    $50 million for more Mexicans in the NBA.

  10. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says: • Website

    $100 million for more Chinese in the NFL.

  11. nickels says:

    Well, not sure it really matters anyway, as there are no more professor jobs.
    All university money is in administrators. Most diversity administrators who see to it that the school adheres to the diversity laws and who promote diversity initiatives.

    We’re raising a generation of morons.

  12. joe webb says:
    @The Philosopher

    ” I sometimes think we live in Kafkaesque times.” well we do but not what you think.

    Kafka was a jew whose work nobody read until the jewish lit mafia got hold of the thing.

    His paranoiac work can be seen as the jew experience of the goy world.

    If it was not for jew lit mafia in colleges, nobody would bother .

    Joe Webb

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  13. Dr. X says:

    I’ve witnessed this kind of thing firsthand and I’m beyond sick of it. I’m a white male with a Ph.D. and I make less than minimum wage teaching the constitution at multiple junior colleges as an adjunct. (Teaching the Constitution to cell-phone clutching Millenials in the Age of Obama is an increasingly Sisyphean and pointless task).

    Twenty years ago when I was in graduate school the chair of our department at a state university publicly stated that he was “bending over backwards” to hire a black. He finally found one, but had to pay him 50% more than what other junior faculty were paid. (This, of course, caused the department feminist, who was making less, to get severely bent out of shape.) The black hire did little but smile politely at everyone. He lasted two years before a very prestigious private university scarfed him up. He didn’t last there, and I don’t know what happened to him after that.

    I was also personally on a search committee in which the dean pressured us to hire a black whose transcript indicated that he had failed out of, or withdrawn from, 11 undergraduate courses, and had not yet completed his Master’s. The dean wanted him to teach African-American History and be mentored into a full-time job. I objected, and the black did not get hired, but shortly thereafter I got canned.

    What Prof. Weissberg does not state in his article is that there are also lower qualifications for hiring women, and the academy has become increasingly feminized, to its detriment. The college from which I was booted had a female vice-president for academic affairs who held a Master’s — not a Ph.D.

    I’m beyond disillusioned. I just laugh when I see parents saving for decades and indebting themselves tens of thousands to send their kids to college. They might just as well be saving up to send their kids to the Soviet Union.

    • Agree: SPMoore8
  14. @Dr. X

    You are absolutely right. I can recall some of my best graduate students not even getting a job interview. Meanwhile departments were hiring far less talented blacks. I would counsel white Ph.D. students to just assume that they would have to look in the private sector for a job and they should learn technical skills that would get them employed. I assume that my sage advice was repeated elsewhere and thousand of smart whites never even bothered with academic jobs.

    And you are also correct about the feminization of higher education. They seem especially well-suited to follow the party line regarding diversity.

    • Replies: @Qasim
    , @Truth
    , @dc.sunsets
  15. DaveE says:

    Hey, “diversity” is a great thing. If it weren’t for “leveling the playing field” for minorities, how would slime like Alan Douchewits, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Cohen or most of Harvard’s faculty ever survive?

  16. Qasim says:
    @Robert Weissberg

    Mr. Weissberg,

    I have followed and admired your writing for some time now. I have a question. I have a real smart kid, and I am starting to think about how I want to educate him. But after recent events, the thought of spending $250,000 to send him to a school like Yale sickens me, I would rather just light the money on fire. (And this is coming from someone who went to an Ivy League school). But judging from the whole Missouri brouhaha, state schools are no better in this regard. Sending my kid at an impressionable age to get indoctrinated in a delusional ideology really worries me, but I am having a hard time coming up with reasonable alternatives. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

  17. TG says:

    One comment: when a big university hires new faculty on a research track, the expense is not mostly their salary. Typically hot prospects get multi-million dollar ‘startup packages’, that include remodeling lab space, funds to jump-start the research before they can get independent funding on their own, maybe a promise of a technician and support for a couple of graduate students for a few years… And of course, add 35% to all salaries for benefits. And maybe they also need a new $200,000 confocal microscope, or an atomic-powered underwater saxophone, or something…

    So can the universities really spend a lot of money recruiting a relative handful of research faculty? Depending on the specific department and the research field, you’d be surprised.

  18. @DaveE

    Stephen Jay Gould was just fine as a professor of zoology specializing in snails.

    They didn’t hire him for the “popular” crap he did later.

  19. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says: • Website

    Why not include voodoo as a science?

    If ‘gay marriage’ is real marriage, than voodoo is real science or medicine.

    • Replies: @Santoculto
    , @nickels
  20. Dr. X says:

    I’ll reply to that, hopefully Bob will too. Send your kid to one of the service academies or to a military college. My kid graduated from one of the service academies (which has a 10% acceptance rate) and got a GREAT education — mentally, physically, and in terms of character. Better than Ivy League any day, and the cadets are of the same intellect and caliber. I am eternally grateful that he did not go to a “normal” college.

    Now, a couple of caveats. Yes, some of the same politically-correct pressures that have ruined the academy have infected the military. But those problems are not nearly as bad (yet) in the armed forces as they are in academe.

    There is also the problem that the U.S. military has essentially become Obama’s mercenary corps for endless, and sometimes illegal, wars. This is admittedly a concern, but life is a series of trade-offs, and when the alternative is to hock yourself a quarter-million to have your kid write term papers on “cisgenderism,” “queer theory,” or “heteronormative bigotry,” I think the choice is a no-brainer.

    Finally, you could consider traditionally “conservative” colleges like Hillsdale and Grove City, but unfortunately those names do not pack the same punch on your kid’s resume as Yale and Duke.

    • Replies: @Simon in London
    , @Qasim
    , @Truth
  21. @Priss Factor

    Conservs on average “suffer” by acute cerebral amigdality. You need use the two side of the brain. Reflect your thoughts “again” please.

    ” I want “white people” marry “black people”

    Or you

    “I don’t want “gay people” marry one each other”

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  22. @Dr. X

    You could just send your child to study here in the UK – or Germany, for that matter (they do their science degrees in English). We don’t have that ’rounded liberal education’ idea – you choose just one topic and study it in depth for three years. It’s very easy to avoid the cultural Marxism – we have loads of cultural Marxist academics & administrators, but they can’t force your child to sit through Cultural Marxism 101 they way they can in the USA. Also Germany is extremely cheap, if you are comfortably off then the UK is pretty cheap even for overseas students compared to Ivy League full fee.

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  23. Qasim says:
    @Dr. X

    Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough reply. I had never even heard of Hillsdale and Grove City, nor the term “service academy” before!

    In my case, things are complicated by us being Muslim, I am a little apprehensive about sending my kid to a military or explicitly Christian institution, especially given the current political climate.

    It seems I am stuck between sending him to a place that will welcome him with open arms but teach him absolute nonsense, or sending him to a place that will be conducive to his intellectual and moral growth but may make him feel like an outsider.

    • Replies: @Dr. X
    , @jimmyriddle
  24. Olorin says:

    The point being missed here is that these tens or hundreds of million$ are not funding academic programs.

    They are PR initiatives posing as academic ones.

    We have fun at our house likening the Ed Biz to soap bubbles in these terms, reassigning various of its features to the physics of a soap bubble. But it’s pretty clear that the downward drag of Mobocracy (the bubble’s surface film’s water) and the upward float of Profit Taking/Speculation (the bubble’s surface film’s soap) is going to make the whole thing go BLIPPP at some point (hail, equalization of air pressure inside and outside a membrane!).

    Until this happens, and “the government” is called upon for trillions in bailouts, these million$ are designed to 1) buy time and 2) buy off the Mob and those who have made vast fortunes wrangling dolts to unprecedented profits…sorry, I mean, Democratizing Education.

    So of course we can expect mediocrities like Shaun Harper at UPenn and Neal Tyson at Princeton/Columbia to be celebrated as super-geniuses. They may well be geniuses of PR, or rather they serve geniuses of PR.

    Because the first order of PR (and advertising) genius is to find out what people fear, and sell them a product to assuage it temporarily, assuring the need for more products in the future.

    The Ed Biz is selling a product that EVERYONE wants–smart orderly productive blacks–the same way cosmetic manufacturers sell youth and Big Pharma sells immortality.

    The disjoint between the product and the outcome matters less than the flows of dollars. This is why new and lucrative, but incredibly silly, academic products keep getting created and launched. The point is no longer education–the guidance of the best minds. It is profit.

    A cargo-cult view of schooling is sold to those too stupid to learn anything other than how to pose as schooled, or, failing that, once they are handed a degree, as they were handed a high school diploma, they demand rewards for that as well.

    Once they get a toe in the door, in comes the whole elephant. But their enablers come in trumpeting equality and justice and freedom and saving the dim and feckless from themselves…

    …and that’s a far Nicer idea of what to do with/about the dim and feckless than what would actually work, which no one is allowed to speak publicly.

    Sorry to run on, but I spent three decades in the Ed Biz as well as running a private business (light manufacturing; completely unrelated to my Ed Biz role) and helping other people set up small businesses. The corruption in education is right up there with the corruption in government and the media. I don’t see it changing anytime soon since there’s nothing to fall back on economically in the US but taxing essential infrastructure workers to pay for the dim and feckless and pretend they’re something other than what they are.

    For starters, the Ed Biz grew in part because those Real Things Producing jobs went away in the 1960s and 1970s, and the children of the Rust Belt had to go SOMEWHERE for employment, trying to hold out against the globalized NWO and its destruction of local and national economies.

  25. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @Simon in London

    It’s very easy to avoid the cultural Marxism [at a British University].

    Not so. Look at University College, among Britain’s top three research schools. The bureaucrat running it, Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, cheerfully trashed the reputation of Nobel Prize winner Timothy Hunt, and booted him from the faculty based on proven lies by a feminist, settler immigrant.

    The British University has been spiraling down to its present state of PC futility and corruption since, decades ago, the faculty gave up responsibility for administering their own affairs. As a result, the university ceased, as the late Professor Richard Hoggart explains in his Uses of Literacy, to be a community of scholars, and became instead an instrument of government to imbue the population with utilitarian skills and the desired PC mentality.

    The bureaucratization of the university in Britain, beginning in the 1960’s, was justified by the expansion said necessary to make the best use of the nation’s then “untapped talent,” otherwise labelled by Kingsley Amis as the great tapped untalent. The way forward will depend on a combination of online resources, private tutors, and examination-based accreditation mechanisms controlled not by university or government bureaucrats but by private entities that derive credibility from the validity of the service they provide.

  26. Dr. X says:

    “Service academies” are West Point, Annapolis, the Air Force Academy, and the USCG Academy. Frankly the services would probably recruit somebody with a Muslim background as long as there are no issues regarding loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. The officer corps and the corps of cadets routinely trains and liaisons with the officer corps of friendly Muslim nations, i.e., Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia.

    As far as any concerns about sending your kid to a Christian college or a college with a Christian culture… hey, this is the U.S. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do…”

    • Replies: @RobRich
    , @Truth
  27. We live in failcracies. Build to fail. Many solutions are very evident but des-governments pretend to misunderstood it.

  28. MarkinLA says:

    Where are government cubicle sloths going to get those advanced degrees they need to climb up the pay ladder? Surely, you don’t expect them to go to a real university, do you?

  29. @DaveE

    Hey Dave… You inadvertently left out Dr. Weissberg himself, Prof Emeritus at Urbane Champagne, from your list of Jooooo slime somehow crow-barred into prestigious academic gigs! Be more careful next time.

    • Replies: @DaveE
  30. MarkinLA says:

    Send him to a special purpose school like the Colorado School of Mines. He can find jobs all around the world and I doubt they have too much time to spend on drivel that the big universities have to pay lip service to.

    Of course a Muslim learning to use explosives might raise some eyebrows at the NSA.

  31. nickels says:
    @Priss Factor

    Kind of like making 97% consensus ‘science’.

  32. RobRich says: • Website

    Nova is not a diploma mill by any stretch of the imagination. Are you nuts?

    They started out as an alternative college, and are accredited and hand out e.g. professional degrees like the best of them. They have joint-degree agreements with the state system.

  33. RobRich says: • Website
    @Dr. X

    Yeah, there’ve been Muslim families living in the USA since Jefferson’s time. They have better patriotic bona fides then most of the more recent population.

  34. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says: • Website

    Your name is gumbic

  35. Immigrant from former USSR [AKA "Florida Resident"] says:

    There is a possibility that I once have attended a public lecture by Neal Tyson,
    Look what he arranged to be written in Wikipedia about him:
    Isaac Newton, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Albert Einstein


  36. The obvious answer for elite colleges is to engage in “deep selection.” Those colleges should aggressively search their undergraduate applications and pay high school student to attend college and grad school and ultimately take faculty jobs. Colleges, because they see undergraduate applications, are uniquely positioned to make such offers.

  37. Reminds me of the old Russians from the Soviet era, “We pretend to work, they pretend to pay us”. The deception is palpable.

  38. DaveE says:
    @Hanoi Paris Hilton

    Geez, I don’t know how I coulda been so stupid. Sorry. I also left out my favorite commie slimebag, Steven Pinker. (Punker? Redder?)

    Sometimes I really wonder where my head’s at these days.

  39. @Qasim

    If your kid can get into an Ivy, he should have no problems getting a full ride to State U.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
  40. My kid graduated from one of the service academies (which has a 10% acceptance rate) and got a GREAT education — mentally, physically, and in terms of character. Better than Ivy League any day, and the cadets are of the same intellect and caliber.

    The military service academies use their prep schools (similar to community colleges) to admit cadet candidates who have low high school grades or low SAT scores. Some have SAT scores in the 300s on the individual sections. Many are athletes and/or underrepresented minorities. If they make it through prep school and are appointed to the academy, their SAT scores are not reflected in the academy’s freshman admission data because they are officially transfer students.

    Bruce Fleming, a Naval Academy tenured English professor, is very critical of the academies and has written several articles explaining why.

  41. @JEGG

    I’m curious as to who counts as being black. What if 6 of your great grandparents were white, one was black and one was a Pacific islander. Could you count as black?

    Yes, you can count as black. Race is self-identified. In addition, the US used to operate under something called the “one-drop rule”, that meant that if you had a small amount of African ancestry, usually 1/32, you were considered black.

    What if you are a black from South Africa with advanced degrees from there. Could you count as black while teaching at a US university?

    Yes, the race of international faculty counts. Conversely, the race of international students does NOT count; they are just noted as international.

  42. Truth says:

    If you find out he’s laying cack on your daughter, and the N-word comes to mind before a stream of garden variety profanity, he’s black. If the profanity comes unaccompanied, he isn’t.

  43. Truth says:
    @Robert Weissberg

    You guys just don’t get it. Real ‘Murkins don’t make their living on soft-subject Commie Phd’s. They break horses, join the Special Forces, discover oil, or start corporations and get really, really rich.

    You took the weak, pinko, Commie socialist path…Deal with the consequences.

  44. Truth says:

    Read above, and tell him to follow a career path that requires some G-D testosterone.

  45. Truth says:
    @Dr. X

    “There is also the problem that the U.S. military has essentially become Obama’s mercenary corps for endless, and sometimes illegal, wars”

    Oh, was it Barry that started those wars?

  46. Truth says:
    @Dr. X

    “The officer corps and the corps of cadets routinely trains and liaisons with the officer corps of friendly Muslim nations…

    Governor McGovern, are we living in the same U.S of A here?

  47. @Qasim

    Somewhere where only hard sciences are taught should be fairly safe from SJW insanity – Caltech or MIT. As in the USSR, the sciences can be a refuge for people who don’t want to conform to the ruling ideology.

    Someone suggested a STEM course at a British university because, here, you specialise immediately and are thus not subject to the nonsense peddled in the social “science” and arts faculties. Unfortunately, in your case you need to take account of the danger of wahabification on British campuses (the underpants bomber being one of many examples).

  48. @Qasim

    I had to deal with this question when my son was looking around for colleges. This may surprise you, but he went to Reed College in Portland OR and it was an excellent choice. Its public imagine of “Weed College” is misleading. Lots of hard work and very little PC, at least when he attended in the late 1990s. My advice is to to a perspective school’s website and get into the course reading lists and assignments. This will tell you far more than than the school’s PR. At Reed, for example, my son had to read the Bible–all of it–since his instructor said that its impossible to understand English literature without knowing the Bible. And they grade very harshly. But be advised: high drop out rate since many of the kids go to Reed for the drugs and sex.

    There are also a number of small religious oriented liberal arts colleges like Hillsdale and Patrick Henry. Overall, I like small liberal arts colleges but you have to be careful about the PC pox. I graduated from Bard College and received an excellent education. Today it sets the standard for PC nonsense. Good luck.

  49. FLgeezer says:

    ‘African Americans overall earned just 4% of doctorates awarded in 2014 but the figures are far less in the sciences and mathematics—just 1.8% in the physical sciences, 2% of the Ph.D.s in mathematics and 1.7% of those awarded in engineering. In some fields not a single doctorate was awarded to an African American (by contrast, black Ph.D.’s are disproportionately in education). ‘

    But this young man certainly deserves credit for trying. LOL!

  50. @Dr. X

    I’m beyond disillusioned. I just laugh when I see parents saving for decades and indebting themselves tens of thousands to send their kids to college. They might just as well be saving up to send their kids to the Soviet Union.

    Higher Ed has become a complete joke, but it was most of the way there 35 years ago when I was an undergrad. The biggest difference today is that colleges & the financial industry have figured out how to fasten their parasitic teeth onto young people in order to obtain much of the “benefit” of going to college, i.e., a higher lifetime income.

    People who publish “research” that shows vastly higher incomes for college grads vs HS grads should be put to a wall and SHOT. The quality of those data is so low that it borders on an inversion of modern reality. Who is not smart enough to see that if a Comms major might earn an increment over a mechanic, the $100-200k the Comms major will pay in tuition, room, board and debt service will eat most if not all of the “gain?” I’ll answer that question: It’s the stupid parents of those kids, their HS guidance counselors and college sales people, that’s who.

    My kids went to college but all of them beat the system at its own games (via non-need academic scholarships and leveraging cheap junior college classes to radically reduce time on the Big U campus.) All of my kids went into STEM fields because they are highly intelligent and blessed with substantial natural abilities. All graduated without debt. All are thriving, unlike most of their peers. Most of their peers should NOT HAVE GONE TO COLLEGE AT ALL.

    They also ignored all the Marxist idiocy of the academy, having been well-apprised of that lunacy beforehand.

    Modern life has many ways to separate people from their wealth, both current and future. Perhaps this has something to do with the quantity of that wealth that is illusory.

  51. @Robert Weissberg

    It’s the same in Corporate America.

    Affirmative Action, PR and Virtue Signaling have led to the hiring of truly AWFUL, unqualified, entitled people who make vicious managers and useless coworkers.

    It’s not 100%, but it’s still bad.

  52. @Qasim

    My two cents:

    1. make damn sure your kid knows why he wants to go to college. For most, it’s an all-expenses-paid (or payment-deferred)-5/6-year-extension-of-adolescence, combined with living in a whorehouse. I know you went to college, but I see lots of educated parents still make this mistake.

    2. make damn sure he has identified his aptitudes, figured out what occupations value them, picked a target occupation, and then identify the fastest, cheapest way to become qualified to get into that occupation. No one should ever pay $50k+/yr (college costs + opportunity cost of income foregone) to “find himself.”

    3. make damn sure he isn’t picking an occupation that is extremely selective without fully “investing ” in a back-up plan.

    4. make damn sure he understands that if he isn’t in the top 5-10% of those in the program he courts failure.

    5. make damn sure his intended occupation actually merits the vast investment of obtaining the credentials. It’s not called PRESENT VALUE OF A DOLLAR for nothing. Getting a BS, MS & Ph.D. to get a job that pays $40k is the title of the book, I Can’t Do Math.

    The specific college matters little unless it’s a necessity to the occupation (e.g., Ivy for Wall Street Law Firm.) If he’s going to be “just another person” like most of us, paying extra for private college is senseless. I went to a private college and got tuition-raped even back in the late ’70’s. My kids all went to a state school and are blowing the doors off success. Private colleges are for people without math sense, or parents who are too frightened of large groups of people. State schools yield small communities, so the small school “benefit” is an illusion.

    My kids all knew that going to college was a deadly serious business; they had peers who treated it like a party, and the disparity in their situations now cannot be fully described.

    One of my sons attended State U on an all-expenses-paid, non-need scholarship. The second (though even a better student) got 3/5th paid by scholarship, landed a co-op and graduated in 7 semesters on campus without debt and five figures ($$,$$$) saved, while maintaining a 4.0 in engineering. Another started programming classes at 15 and leveraged obscure loopholes in the State U student handbook to finish his B.S. in comp sci in just 5 semesters, graduating at 20 and joining a Big Corporation for a Big Job (exactly like his siblings.)

    No debt. No BS. No “full college experience.” No goofing off, taking their time, acting like people with adult-level autonomy sans adult-level responsibility.

    People who encourage their wayward, chronically immature, directionless proto-adults to attend college reap what they sow. The day one could get away with that disappeared 30 years ago.

  53. @Robert Weissberg

    PC nonsense is everywhere (including corporate America.) Intelligent people learn to ignore it, sort of like white noise.

    The key is treating college like it’s a job. It’s the students who treat college like it’s recreation who end up getting accused of rape by some bimbo they invited to share their bed.

    College today is just a highly concentrated form of the toxins of our Pop Culture. Casual sex, sloth, video games, porn, all of this is presented by the school as a bottomless smorgasbord of filth and experiences young people will never escape.

    The key is to treat it like toxic waste. Young adults who understand this can still thrive in college. They simply must grasp that just because they have autonomy and lack of responsibility no true adult ever experiences, it’s not an excuse to ruin themselves.

    I’ll never forget the parent version of Freshman Orientation for my oldest. The school representative said, (quotes and emphasis are real and in original) “…and when your son or daughter becomes sexually active, and they will become sexually active….”

    Colleges make money keeping your kid (the font of funding) ON CAMPUS. Today they do that by trying to make their school look like Hedonism II, the All-You-Can-Eat sexual all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, complete with world-class rec centers, climbing walls, delicacy-filled food courts, and ever-expanding graduation requirements that make getting a degree in the traditional four years an increasingly distant memory.

    The more colleges resemble All-Inclusive Resorts, the more you know how you’re being played. Don’t let your kids fall for it.

    Teach your kids to understand that EVERYTHING you do becomes a part of you. Your standards of self-evaluation change as you age, and the goal is to produce as few regrets as possible while you’re young. People who indulge in all the omnipresent vices of our modern life set themselves up for a lifetime of unhappiness. The young man who dallies with some slut who puts on an act scripted by a porn video runs the risk of forever comparing a later relationship with a normal girl (a wife?!) to that complete fiction he experienced earlier. This is but one example of how people can embed time bombs in their minds when young that detonate later in adulthood, yielding lifelong unhappiness.

    Like I said, today’s “college” is a mine-strewn swamp of toxic waste surrounding a narrow path to prepare for a prosperous adulthood. Those who grasp this truth can succeed. Those who don’t understand it are all but doomed to fail.

    • Replies: @Olorin
  54. @ScarletNumber

    Even state schools seek high-qualification candidates for admission in order to keep their averages from plummeting.

    That said, getting a full ride for non-academic-need is hit or miss. One of my sons got one with 99th+ percentile admissions test scores, but his brother, with even better grades, credentials, etc., landed scholarships covering about 3/5ths. It might have mattered that they attended the same college, and the college may have been reluctant to award that same All-Expenses-Paid scholarship to two kids from the same family. (bummer.)

    The second son paid more for his wife’s college (he paid off most of her debt) than I paid for his college, by probably 200% or more.) Even when you think you’re avoiding the debt trap, it turns out no man is an island.

  55. nickels says:
    @Robert Weissberg

    Interesting. I wonder how St. Johns measures up in this PC world.

    (They use all classic texts).

  56. Truth says:

    Hey Guys, you just need to send your kids to the University of North Georgia; they espouse all of your ideals…

  57. Qasim says:
    @Robert Weissberg

    Many thanks to you and everyone else who offered their advice.

    Some people have suggested schools that focus on STEM as a way to avoid PC nonsense. This may work to some extent, but leads to a different set of problems. I find people who went this route often end up deluded by scientism, which is in many ways as bad as Cultural Marxism. I don’t want my kid to turn out like Ta-Nehisi Coates, but I don’t want him to turn out like Lawrence Krauss either.

    I feel young people really need to learn about languages, philosophy, psychology etc. in order to become well-rounded, intelligent adults. Along with my pre-med classes, I took many of these humanities courses as well, and I feel it was to my lasting benefit. It is sad that the best way to learn these sorts of things may now be as an autodidact.

    Mr. Weissberg, I have a theory I want to share with you. It is based on something very profound you wrote in “Bad Students, Not Bad Schools” where you stated that a student’s ability to succeed is based on school facilites TIMES teacher quality TIMES the student’s intelligence. The multiplicative (as opposed to additive) nature of the equation explains why a dumb kid will never succeed academically no matter what you do, a million times a billion times zero is still zero.

    Anyway, I modified this equation as follows:

    Ability to reach the proper conclusion regarding controversial matters= .2 (education) x .3 (intelligence) x .5 (intuition)

    Intuition in this context is sort of a catch-all term but refers to espousing a correspondence version of truth vs. a constructivist version of “truth”, being a philosophical realist vs. a nominalist, being truth-seeking vs. being an ideologically-addled bullshitter (see Harry Frankfurt’s “On Bullshit”), and being a theist vs. atheist (they don’t call it Cultural Marxism for nothing).

    I think this sort of framework explains why highly intelligent people who have obtained advanced degrees in science or education can say “All students have an inherently equal ability to succeed” or “Race is just a social construct”. In fact, people who score a zero on the intuition part perversely SEEK OUT advanced degrees to give intellectual heft to their obvious BS. Which helps explains why academia has become such a cesspool!

    What do you think?

  58. Wayne says:
    @Dr. X

    Having retired from private industry after 40 years I now substitute teach on the secondary level. Your post really nailed it. I experienced the same thing in my past and current careers. My last boss was a homosexual and he was replaced by a Nigerian who can’t string two sentences together. Your last paragraph says it all.

  59. Dr. X says:

    “Some people have suggested schools that focus on STEM as a way to avoid PC nonsense. This may work to some extent, but leads to a different set of problems.”

    STEM disciplines are not necessarily a haven from “PC nonsense” anymore. Just look at what happened to James Watson. Or the faking of data to support the hypothesis of “global warming.”

    Every time somebody brings up “global warming,” I ask them “What caused the glaciers that covered one-third of North America 15,000 years ago to melt? Paleo-Indians driving SUVs?” Makes me a lot of enemies…

  60. @Qasim

    I think you’re on to something for what my opinion is worth.

    Intelligence + knowledge is supposed to = wisdom. Somehow that equation is now interrupted.

    Hoppe notes that history is compatible with multiple mutually contradictory theories, so one must reason out from axiom in order to avoid silly conclusions. Perhaps his insight is related to yours.

  61. markflag says:

    Consider Tiger Woods. Mother full Thai. Father black, white and Indian. Yet, when he started he was ballyhooed as black. If anything he is Thai (which he speaks). Of course now no one mentions his blackness. Use black when convenient.

    • Replies: @Truth
  62. Truth says:

    “If anything he is Thai”

    So I’m taking it that you considered him “Thai” when he married and started porking all of those beautiful white girls?

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  63. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    So who’s the guy in the picture? Does he have any connection at all with what’s on the blackboard behind him or is he just a model chosen for a photo-op? Part of the way things are staged, photographing people looking bright and serious in front of massive bookcases implying they’ve read all of the books there. All part of the way perceptions are nudged in the desirable direction.

  64. Formulae on the blackboard are complete baloney.
    Make your own conclusion about the person.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  65. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Immigrant from former USSR

    Formulae on the blackboard are complete baloney.
    Make your own conclusion about the person.

    OK, thanks for your input. Everything is staged these days. Once a person gets wised up and starts playing a game called ‘spot the propaganda’ then they start getting overwhelmed by the sheer insidiousness of it all.

  66. @Qasim

    Allow me to raise a somewhat dissenting voice to what I’m reading in this comment section.

    I took quite a few non-STEM classes at my Ivy undergrad and did a postgrad at another Ivy in a non-STEM field. Many professors had an American-style liberal view. Some were libertarian. None of them presented only one viewpoint or attempted to shout down opposing student viewpoints. There was no indoctrination going on by the professors. Distribution requirements could be met in many different ways and no one was forced to take a course on feminist literature if they didn’t want to.

    Contrary to what I’m reading in this section, there were students with conservative worldviews on these campuses – many of them quite outspoken in class. They did fine, though they were outnumbered.

    Even then, there were students who wanted the schools to take on certain social justice causes, as there are now. They were in the minority numerically speaking.

    One had to be careful talking about certain issues, including racial preferences, and select other hot button topics.

    As for faculty hiring, there were preferences accorded based on race and gender in faculty hiring. It didn’t prevent the very best candidates (even if they were white male) from becoming faculty. If you graduated number 1-5 at Harvard Law, Stanford Law, Yale Law, or were editor in chief of the law review, then you would have a very good chance at being hired at a prominent law school after suitable seasoning as a law clerk and in law practice.

    As for STEM courses, of which I took many, it’s fair to say they were quite rigorous, competitive, fast-moving, and nonpolitical.

    The notion that your child would find an Ivy STEM or non-STEM curriculum nonrigorous, and overly politicized, is not based on fact. Many courses are graded on curves and your child would be competing with some very smart, driven, well-prepared kids.

  67. martin_2 says:

    In the image that accompanies this article, the formulae on the blackboard do not seem to make any sense, collectively. There is a statement of Pythagoras Theorem, then there is the formula to do with differentiation, then there are familiar mathematical symbols, such as sigma and delta, but it looks like these expressions and symbols have been written on the board in a random fashion by someone who knows no maths, and in their ignorance, thinks everyone is the same as they are in this regard.

    The black man standing in front of the board is presumably an actor since if he were familiar with mathematics – especially at the degree level – he would have surely have wanted something sensible to be displayed on the board.

  68. @Qasim

    Somewhere like Hillsdale these types of universities had to forgo student aid to remain free of govt so its a no loans situation

  69. @Truth

    Well maybe he was Thai when that sexy Elin chick married him,but when she found out he’d been banging half the ho’s in Las Vegas,and spending the equivalent of the GDP of several small nations on them,and she took that club in her hand and started whacking his ass,well sir,I have no doubt he was black!

    • Replies: @Truth
  70. Olorin says:
    @Robert Weissberg

    Your son attended Reed in the 1990s?

    That was nearly 20 years ago.

    For starters, Reed is flagged as a “red light” campus by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for its “speech codes” and other restrictions on First Amendment-related activities:

    Noteworthy is the banning of a student who introduced statistical data on rape in a Humanities 110 class:

    Were these programs in place when your son attended there a full generation ago?

    Office for Inclusive Community

    Multicultural Outreach Center

    Trans* and gender nonconforming at Reed

    Note on that last page: “Faculty who teach about Sex, Gender, and Sexuality


    Kara Becker, Linguistics.
    Kate Bredeson, Theatre.
    Kris Cohen, Art History.
    Jacqueline Dirks, History.
    Hannah Kosstrin, Dance.
    Charlene Makely, Anthropology.
    Tamara Metz, Political Science.
    Michael Thomas Taylor, German.
    Kjersten Whittington, Sociology.”

    All females. Except one, and here’s his bio:

    And some more about him:

  71. Olorin says:

    DC, don’t want to sound like I’m pressuring for a decloak, but as I read your replies I see what others might dismiss as emotion and rhetoric…that to me seems precisely placed atop bedrock of experience of the Ed Biz.

    May I ask whether you worked in the Ed Biz, attended it and at what level? You’ve shared experience based on parenting, but I’m wondering what your personal experience was. I may have missed that in earlier comments.

    I’m curious, largely out of my own sense that there are a lot of us who took bachelor’s degrees, maybe master’s degrees and doctorates, post-docs, and/or worked in academe…and currently have no unifying place to discuss these matters (well, at least not that I know of).

    I’ve developed a few formulas that I use in discussions of higher ed in my meat-life. One is the parental expectation that they can purchase class and privilege leapfrogging for their kids in the form of college attendance. When I let the parents lay that out in their own words, especially as they repeat the formulas that “college means more income,” then I ask them how they spreadsheet that against the up front costs and loans/interest.

    My inclination is to push them to realize the “HBD” element of all this. Kids with good genes will prosper no matter what they choose IF, and only if, they are strongly guided not to fall prey to the many means engineered by competing individuals or populations both to cause their fall/destruction…and to monetarize it (Like usurious interest, drugs, the “mind bombs” you note, health or mental problems resulting from these attacks in youth, etc.)


  72. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @joe webb

    @Jow Webb

    Kafka was one of the four or five top writers of the 20th century.

    What you said about Jews being overrated/force-promoted as cultural lodestars can be true of many, but can never be as false as it is of Kafka, the ageless genius.

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