Paquette points out that universities seek grant money from the same investment banks that have benefited from Bush-and-Obama socialism. Politically correct, green university students are eager to work on Wall Street, while most are eager to condemn Charles Koch.
Paquette and I were lucky enough to hear Charles Koch speak, and I was impressed. At a time when academics were extolling Enron, Paul Krugman was collecting honoraria from Enron, Harvard Business School was selling case studies advancing Enron's philosophy, and Fortune was naming Enron the most creative firm, Koch rejected the advice of executives he had hired from Enron. He suggested that he had found their ideas to have been absurd, yet these were the ideas the American business academy had considered the nation's most creative. Koch is now the fourth-richest American, and Enron's former supporters now attack Koch because he does not adhere to their ideology, an ideology that was entirely consistent with the views of Jeffrey Skilling and Andrew Fastow.
Paquette makes the following point:
Paquette emphasizes that American history is neglected--even among history majors. This is an understatement, for even if American history were required, it would be taught in an ideologically slanted, uninformed way. Frederick Jackson Turner's nonsensical frontier thesis is presented as fact in Mickey Mouse history classes while ideologues in academic garb ignore T.S. Ashton's reasoned assessments of the industrial revolution.
Worse, American universities are purveyors of illiteracy. At Hamilton, which is an elite college, the students have been adequately prepared at the primary and secondary levels. In contrast, at public universities the students have been indoctrinated in public schools from their early years, but they have not been taught to read, write, or do basic mathematics. Academics are uninterested in teaching their half-literate students how to read, write, or do basic math because it is much more fun to indoctrinate them than to educate them.
Still worse, New York's public education system, and the American university system, are not just purveyors of ignorance, illiteracy and lack of historical knowledge. They are purveyors, along with its inventor--The New York Times--of holocaust denial.My students have never heard of the differences between Hamilton and Jefferson, but they also have never heard of the Gulag Archipelago, and they have never heard of the twentieth century's socialist mass murders. Their education has been silent with respect to the vicious bloodshed that the ideas of the academic left have caused, for they are taught that workers who voluntarily immigrated here are victims of the worst harm and discrimination in history.
Let us conclude with some certainty: American universities are a load of crap. They are purveyors of illiteracy, ignorance, and holcaust denial.