The Universities are Nervous By James Reed
I continue my diatribe against the universities, entities which I believe should be closed down and replaced by occupational training centres.
The Australian, November 8, 2017, p. 31 carried an article:
“Unis Face ‘Tide of Hostility’ and Loss of Trust,” which I think is a vast understatement. The article notes that there is a rising tide of criticism of intellectuals and experts. The remarks by an academic were made at a conference in Shanghai, China:
“She told the Chinese audience that Australia was, for students and researchers, “a destination of choice because we have, as a key principle, that everyone is free to challenge ideas and to counter perceived wisdom, with the ability to feel comfortable being challenged”.
Ms Thomson said Australian universities were “especially proud of our graduates who return home to China”. The number of Chinese students in the Group of Eight universities had doubled in five years to 57,000 last year. This, she told The Australian, was “our largest market and our largest contingent”.
The greatest growth in the sector is in postgraduate studies, now accounting for almost 60 per cent of all Chinese students in the Group of Eight, with 2270 Chinese PhD students at those eight universities.
China had the biggest funding program in the world for PhD students to go overseas, Ms Thomson said — and research partnerships with foreign partners helped their universities rise in global rankings.
But, she said, the number of Chinese students had created a challenge to maintain “a diversified international population” on campuses.
“This is something we are very aware of, in terms of what we can do to diversify our student cohort,” Ms Thomson said.”
That should be enough to make any Australian taxpayer hostile. There are simply no longer “Australian” universities at all, they have become centres for Asian students. But, that’s globalism for you, only China and Japan does not follow the Western path here.
There are two more articles in that edition of the “Higher Education” supplement dealing with this issue, with the usual article about the Humanities, telling us how wonderful this field is, informing us what it means to be human. Oh, the answer my friend will not be one that the common person would like, with attacks on “whiteness” now standard stuff, at least for the diminishing numbers of White students. This article is about the US, but much the same can be found right across the West:
Here is a great article by fire-brand journalist Jim Goad, basically saying that the Left just want to kill, bash, or at least intimidate their opponents, rather than politely argue with them, and he has been on the receiving end:
Who would not be hostile, paying for one’s dispossession?
with the end result being South Africa, everywhere:
“On the hustings President Zuma likes to sing one of the ANC “liberation” songs, which includes the words: “We are going to shoot them with machine guns, they are going to run…. The cabinet will shoot them, with the machine gun…. shoot the Boer, we are going to hit them, they are going to run.” The country is considered one of the least lawful on earth, boasting some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, with numbers of dead and wounded approaching what might be considered a low-grade civil war. According to Genocide Watch, the murder rate among South African white farmers is four times higher than among South Africans en masse. That rate increased every month after President Zuma sang his song, for as long as accurate records are available. (The police have been instructed to stop referring to race in their reports.) Being a white farmer in South Africa now rates as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.”
Aristotle saw the problem here long ago, at the dawn of Western civilisation, but his advice has been ignored by the money-grabbing class and so-called intellectuals:
“Heterogeneity of stocks may lead to faction – at any rate until they have had time to assimilate. A city cannot be constituted from any chance collection of people, or in any chance period of time. Most of the cities which have admitted settlers, either at the time of their foundation or later, have been troubled by faction. For example, the Achaeans joined with settlers from Troezen in founding Sybaris, but expelled them when their own numbers increased; and this involved their city in a curse. At Thurii the Sybarites quarreled with the other settlers who had joined them in its colonization; they demanded special privileges, on the ground that they were the owners of the territory, and were driven out of the colony. At Byzantium the later settlers were detected in a conspiracy against the original colonists, and were expelled by force; and a similar expulsion befell the exiles from Chios who were admitted to Antissa by the original colonists. At Zancle, on the other hand, the original colonists were themselves expelled by the Samians whom they admitted. At Apollonia, on the Black Sea, factional conflict was caused by the introduction of new settlers; at Syracuse the conferring of civic rights on aliens and mercenaries, at the end of the period of the tyrants, led to sedition and civil war; and at Amphipolis the original citizens, after admitting Chalcidian colonists, were nearly all expelled by the colonists they had admitted. (1303A13)”
“The guard of a [legitimate] king is composed of citizens: that of a tyrant is composed of foreigners. (1310B31)
It is a habit of tyrants never to like anyone who has a spirit of dignity and independence. The tyrant claims a monopoly of such qualities for himself; he feels that anybody who asserts a rival dignity, or acts with independence, is threatening his own superiority and the despotic power of his tyranny; he hates him accordingly as a subverter of his own authority. It is also a habit of tyrants to prefer the company of aliens to that of citizens at table and in society; citizens, they feel, are enemies, but aliens will offer no opposition.” (1313B29)