30 years later
In The Slums of Academe
According to a despatch from the United Press, published in the Portland Oregonian on 16 April and doubtless other newspapers, a jury in Atlanta awarded $2,500,000 to a young woman, formerly an instructress in the University of Georgia, who was fired from her untenured position because she objected to the almost universal practice of diploma-mills, which hire big hunks fo muscle, chifly Black bucks, to advectise the joint by winning athletic contests, although the animals are functionally or entirely illiterate, and then forge academic records to make them seem eligible for what is called “amateur sport” in a bad joke at which some members of the public are too naive to laugh.
The verdict against the University brought to public attention some interesting details about such slums and the vending of fraudulent diplomas, which is one of the largest and crookedest businesses in the United States. One little shyster on the faculty denounced poor Miss Kamp for being so “provincial” as to think that there was any place for honesty in the pseudo-academic racket. It is quite true that if she had not been a young teacher, holding the lowest rank in a university, she would have had sufficient experience to see that there was no such place, except in the reactionary minds of a few old fogeys and of stupid romantics who still believe in learning and culture, although they live in a modern Judaized world.
Although Miss Kamp made twenty-three calls and wrote two letters before taking action, she was never admitted to the august presence of the head goon, who has now been forced to resign. He is reported in the press as having defended the University by saying, with childish solemnity, “If the ‘athletes’ leave us being able to read, write, communicate better, we have done them no harm.”! Years ago, I new an attorney who had acquired a reputation and fortune by defending persons accused of crime. He once told me, “You cannot believe, you could not imagine, just how God-damned dumb those moral idiots are.”
It is pleasant to see the University of Georgia get a small bit of what it deserves, but we must not lose our perspective. It has been decades since any intelligent observer could have illusions about the very expensive publicity stunts staged by the big diploma-manufacturers and called ‘athletics,’ appropriating a name given such contests when they were carried on by undergraduates for their own amusement and at their own expense, without interference or meddling by the college, which in those far-off days was an educational institution, privately endowed, and not a bleeding cancer on the treasury and tax-payers of a state or other political unit.
The real corruption of the universities is not in their dishonest advertising stunts, but in their dishonest and fraudulent classes, in which putrid propaganda is purveyed as “science” and “scholarship”. But that is an entirely different subject.
Commentig on the scandal in Atlasta, Dr. Robert Kreiser of the American Association of University Professors suggested that “the enormity of the situation at the University of Georgia is only the tip of the iceberg,” and there are rumors of investigations of the many institutions that are equally corrupt. If the investigations take place, they will probably produce tons of spoiled paper, endless gabbling, and limitless lying, but no real result.
This particular aspect of the ‘educational” slums that tax-payers finance is likely to be corrected soon, but not by a sudden outbreak of honesty. One only has to project the probably ineluctable future of a bankrupt, demoralize, and besotted nation, now occupied by its implacable enemies.
The academic goons had better make haste to profit as much as they can for the fatuity of the populace while the boobs still think they are prosperous. The Ice Man cometh.
That isn’t me writing now. That’s Revilo Oliver writing in Liberty Bell magazine, October, 1986
The boobs have continued to think they are prosperous up until the present. The classes for athletes have been exposed time and again, in particular last year they were shown to in some cases not even be held. The justification that people passing through the universities could maybe learn to read, write or communicate better has extended to every single student, including and especially the ones with student loans. But, athletics isn’t just about advertising any more – now it brings in money and niggers. It is hard to determine which is more important to the modern university.
Well anyway, after 30 years, there are a lot of things different. I’m hoping that one of them is the Internet, and that it’s here to stay and constantly remind people of the past. But, progressives are beginning to notice hatespeech on the Internet, and it won’t be long before they claim that Internet companies that knowing host hatespeech are violating the civil rights of either their redguard employees or any redguards with any business relationship with them or just anyone. Twitter has only been banning people who directly harass people of color (who get Whites arrested for calling names), and YouTube has mostly restricted itself to talking about deleting David Duke’s channel over some bullshit copyright infringement. But when it comes time to accuse hatespeech hosters of civil rights violations, CloudFlare won’t protect Andrew Anglin from DDoSes, and if that’s not enough, the hosting companies that are willing to host hateful content are the most obviously guilty.
When this becomes an issue, we need to hope that Republicans do their job of blocking, bullshitting, stalling, lying, and delaying, instead of making it a bipartisan thing by banning porn at the same time. Or, you know, since it’s not ten years ago any more, whatever culture war nonsense that they’re supposed to be pretending to care about now.
In a sense, I’m glad the Internet came around as late as it did. It would have been much easier to censor it in the name of protecting people from porn and hatespeech if it had appeared any sooner.