Ross Mackenzie

What do these extravagant tuitions buy for the kids — what besides parties, forbidden substances, sex, and maybe here and there a spouse? The more studious get something close to Indoc — George Orwell’s “1984” word for intellectual reconditioning to promote thinking in all the “correct” ways.

In any society it’s not politics that leads the way but religion, entertainment, the academy, and the media — the culture’s premier opinion-forming entities. From what the people learn (or are told) in those realms, politics follows. And it is no secret that all four realms lean lopsidedly to the left.

Here’s a telling datum: Early this year, the Daily Princetonian could find on campus not a single teacher or administrator who had given money to any Republican candidate for the presidency. The faculties at Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia — more balanced? — gave to Democrats at only an 80 percent rate.

Nor should one overlook the hostility of the academy to the U.S. military. Yale Law School faculty-members formulated the (losing) case against allowing dread military recruiters on campus — prompting 1978 Yale graduate Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute to note “how far out of the legal mainstream Yale’s legal professoriate is.”

As President Bush has put it regarding the determination of lofty private colleges to bar ROTC from their campuses: “It should not be hard for our great schools of learning to find room to honor the service of men and women who are standing up to defend the freedoms that make the work of our universities possible.”

For the latest on today’s hot campus fad called “sustainability,” consider this from The Wall Street Journal’s Naomi Schaefer Riley: “There’s the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education; a Sustainable Endowments Institute that publishes a College Sustainability Report Card; and (the) Ivy Plus Sustainability Working Group. . . . There are sustainability offices and officers at dozens of schools nationwide.”

What price are parents willing to pay to ship their children off to these cesspools of licentiousness and leftism? To be proselytized (at Columbia et al.) by the likes of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? To be indoctrinated in liberal ideology, propagandized in sustainability, and infused with chi-chi fallacies of the hour?

For darling Melissa and John, with no tuition relief in sight, it seems many parents (too many?) will continue to find no price too high.


Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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