"Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire."
-- Homer Bannon, the old rancher in the movie "Hud."
We'll know there's still hope for what Thorstein Veblen called "The Higher Learning in America," low and overpriced as it may be, when the appearance of a great new work of scholarships gets as much attention as the weekend football scores. Or the passing of a great scholar-educator merits as much coverage as the death of another Hollywood celebrity from an overdose.
The full title of Herr Veblen's 1918 broadside, which remains as scathing and relevant...