Thus is titled Walter Russell Mead’s probably-not-meant-to-be-cheerful analysis of how our current higher education system is merrily spinning its way towards a thoroughgoing smash-up at the base of the cliff – got to love those mixed metaphors, huh? Anyway, the basic ‘problem’ is that we’re producing mediocre ‘scholarship’ that nobody reads, let alone actually uses; and that increasing numbers of people are going to be reluctant to actually pay for. I respond to this scenario with all the righteous fury of a liberal arts major (BA, English Literature, with a minor in History): chop. CHOP.
Or is that the response of the partisan Republican tired of subsidizing partisan Democrats? Ach, well, works either way.