[lbo-talk] posh as fuck

Wojtek S wsoko52 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 11:58:14 PST 2011

[WS:] I am not against academia, I just do not think this institution is particularly helpful for the cause of advancement of liberal ideas, at least under current circumstances. Undoubtedly there are liberally minded faculty and students, especially in the liberal arts departments ;) but in business, law, management, engineering, medical etc departments it is pretty mainstream if not outright conservative. If I were to pick only one bastion of liberal thinking I would pick government workers before I would pick academia.

This is not to say that academia is insignificant for development of liberal ideas, but that it also is a significant source of very illiberal ideas. Standardized testing craze, for example. It would be a hard sell if it were not demanded by college admission offices.

I also happen to think that the rule "an enemy of my enemy is my friend" is not necessarily a very useful one. Conservatives tend to attack academics because they need scapegoats to make good impression of themselves as fierce warriors for conservative causes, and by the very definition of the term a scapegoat is someone without real power and teeth, for otherwise scapegoating would turn an actual fight instead of mere posturing. If they went after people with real power, they would risk getting their asses kicked.


On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM, Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com> wrote:
> On Dec 6, 2011, at 2:25 PM, Wojtek S wrote:
>> Doug: "The right hates academia because it's their political enemy"
>> [WS:] So there are no liberals outside academia?
> What kind of question is that? Of course there are.
> This is odd coming from someone who's always railing against the yahoos.
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