via Henry Dampier
Any freshman will probably tell you that the classes taught by these
academic departments provide easy As for little effort or even classroom
attendance. This is the lure: all a student needs to do is to attend
class, write some lightly-graded essays, and skim the readings if they
bother to go that far.
The classes will often win some points with new students because the professors and teaching assistants are more reasonable than any nasty critics that they may have heard of had once construed them to be.
It also helps that the university administration and many other departments which aren’t formally an Insert Democratic Voting Bloc Here
Studies department have, in fact, been given over to those departments.
English departments teach English literature according to how well that
it matches up with the precepts of social justice. A character is a
good or bad character to the extent to which he matches with the new
While it may alienate a small number of students who have some
ideological preconditioning — a College Republican, perhaps — the
average healthy person with only a passing interest in ideology as such
unless learning to parrot that ideology increases their GPA and
therefore their future projected earning power — will do what they’re
expected to do.
Insert Democratic Voting Bloc Studies departments are also
easier to stuff with various members of Democratic voting bloc racial,
ethnic, gender, and behavioral groups than others. It’s difficult to dig
up enough Chicano lesbian transmales to staff even a skeletal Physics
department, but they’re thick on the ground when you’re trying to staff a
Finally, academics love them because the departments simultaneously create more job opportunities while lowering overall standards in all departments throughout the institutions.
It’s much easier to parrot political slogans to your students than it
is to teach a real subject or hold the line on academic standards.
Conservatives, having a reasonable temperament, tend to encourage a
reformist approach to universities if they consider it at all.
Others just encourage prospective students to stick to the ‘hard
sciences’ and engineering, even though those departments similarly
suffer from political pressures, a constant grubbing for government
money, and tangential utility at best to the people who actually hire
scientists for productive work.
The grievances will continue to be advanced so long as the funds
continue to flow into the universities, and the funds will keep flowing
into it as long as the departments serve a useful political purpose —
namely to create an intellectual vanguard which revels in the
destruction of the society that funds it.