Genuine Higher Education

univmarroquinby Timothy Lane4/3/16
College education in America is mostly hopeless these days, which no doubt is why we see so much talk of “safe spaces”, “microagressions”, and similar leftist idiocies. One rare exception is Hillsdale College. The March 28 National Review has an article by Jay Nordlinger on another good counter-example: Francesco Marroquin University in Guatemala. It teaches “the ethical, legal, and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons.” Even as a goal, few colleges today could match this.

The university lives up to its goals. Its school buildings are named after such noted figures as Henry Hazlitt (author of Economics in One Lesson and The Great Idea aka Time Will Run Back), Leonard Read (author of “I, Pencil” and founder of the Foundation for Economic Education), Hannah Arendt, Lao-Tzu, and Booker T. Washington.

The result is that classical liberal ideas are being taught to students in Guatemala, and inevitably they influence a society in which higher education remains rare. Nordlinger notes that in the most recent presidential race, both the winner and one of his challengers cited the classical liberal economist Ludwig von Mises. You would be hard pressed to find anyone in America who would do so, partly because so few people would know who he was talking about.

Visiting the university, Nordlinger found no sense of entitlement among the students, many of whom come from poor rural backgrounds (not surprising in a nation of poor farmers and farm workers). The sort of conversations that have to be held in secret in a university like Brown can be held in the open here.

It can be done. Too bad so few want to.


Timothy Lane writes from Louisville, Kentucky and publishes the FOSFAX fanzine.
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17 Responses to Genuine Higher Education

  1. Rosalys says:

    I’ve never heard of Francesco Marroquin University before. It’s wonderful to know that the flame is being kept alive, and in Central America, no less. These institutions need to be there to help rebuild after the coming zombie apocalypse, being foisted upon us by the insane (left.)

  2. Steve Lancaster says:

    Tim,
    There are American universities that continue to maintain standards of scholarship and integrity, Hillsdale is one of them. Even in the broader world of land-grant universities like mine, University of Arkansas, a perceptive student can weed out courses that do not meet educational goals. History classes still teach real history not the pablum found in Yankee universities.

    Southern history is under attack across the nation and yes even here in Arkansas but the thought police have not gotten here yet.

    Sooner or later, if our national culture does not change, the politically correct Nazis will stifle free speech in every form and liberty and freedom will fade out, but not yet, not yet.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I will also note that Purdue President Mitch Daniels stood up to the activist mobs a little while back. They at least aren’t completely gone, though I have no idea how good the university is otherwise.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    You vill do zis und you vil like it!

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/28105/

    It has come so far that public institutions are officially demanding one kowtow to the gods of diversity in order to be considered for a job.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      It’s one way to guarantee that you only hire people who agree with you without openly admitting that you’re doing that.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      “Faculty and administrative/professional applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement summarizing his or her contributions (or potential contributions) to diversity, inclusion and leadership.”

      [Brad’s statement at interview]. Personally I think all spicks, kikes, wops, wogs, frogs, Pollocks, chinks, micks, crackers, coons, dotheads, towel-heads, Pajama Boys, bra-burners, and fudge-packers should be treated equally. But no Methodists!

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I think most of those are recognizable to me (“towel-head” is no doubt the same as “raghead”), though I’m not sure about “dothead” and “fudge-packers”. (When Elizabeth and I visited Hershey back in 2001, we picked up some fudge in their store.) Of course, you left out a LOT of pejoratives about blacks. And “Pollock” would actually be “Polack” (Tennessee Williams got it right in A Streetcar Named Desire).

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          My official and reliable list of racial slurs lists either as acceptable. And because “Pollock” looks more like it sounds, it’s my racial slur of choice for Pollocks.

          But I left out so many standards: Nip, Yank, Whitey, Oreo, Limey, Kraut, Jerry, Spear-chucker, Dago, and Christ Killer. Interestingly, “Eskimo” is listed as a racial slur. Does anyone know anyone anywhere who uses “Eskimo” as a put-down? I can’t think of anyone.

          Oh, and then there’s “Cheesehead” as a racial slur for the Dutch…or for Packers fans? It gets complicated. And which are “racial slurs” and which are just nicknames?

          Anyway, my point is that they’d have far fewer “sensitivity” problems at Indoctrination U if Don Rickles was running the “diversity” department.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Note that the Krauts/Jerries are also called Huns. I believe Eskimo comes from some neighboring tribe, for whom it’s a pejorative. (They call themselves Inuit, which probably means “people”.) I don’t know about the Dutch, but a lot of Wisconsiners are proud to call themselves Cheeseheads (e.g., Greta van Susteren)

            Don Rickles in charge of diversity and sensitivity . . . sigh. They could hire old Afrikaners to divvy up the racial spoils, as in a piece a friend did for FOSFAX a few decades ago concerning how many slots the kaffirs and vrows would get.

      • Bell Phillips says:

        As children we used to sing the song “Jesus loves the little children…red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.”

        Since I lived in a small, minority free town, I honestly never had any idea what the song was about until college, when one of my politically incorrect friends rendered it as “Jesus loves the little children…niggers, chinks, spics and wops, Jesus thinks they’re all the tops!”

        Funny what a complete non-issue any of it was until suddenly I was surrounded by people who would never let you forget.

        I also wonder how many would now feign offense at the words red and yellow being used, despite the highly kumbaya intent. If they are offended, I’ll refer them to Comey’s recommendations to the DOJ.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Very funny. I’ve never heard that alternate version of the song.

          Progressives are instilling an intolerant, fascist mindset into people. Instead of making people accepting and easy-going they’re making them hair-trigger to offenses, real or imagined. From my official list of racial slurs I’ve learned that “Apple” is a racial slur for an Indian (red on the outside, white on the inside). How long until Apple Computer changes their name? It would be a hoot if protestors got on their case for the name. Sound far-fetched? Well, there was that recent incident of a kid being taken way by the police for saying “brownie” at school when referring to a chocolate treat.

          My first executive order as president would be to abolish public schools. They are now a training ground for this stupidity. Uh oh…it’s happening again…

          There once was a man named Jesus
          Who as god could do as he pleases
          He loved sinners and tykes
          And he even loved kikes
          But scripture’s unsure about cheeseheads

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            Great limerick.

            Here’s another racial slur, “banana” yellow on the outside, white on the inside. Popular among the Chinese.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              This probably goes back to the “beefsteak Nazis” — brown on the outside, red on the inside. And of course there are the watermelons — green on the outside, red on the inside.

  4. Lucia says:

    I grew up with friends of other races, celebrated their different physical characteristics, and considered the caliber of their character as a measurement of their virtue, yet now, according to my liberal daughter, I’m a racist. That offends me.

    It’s a good thing I live in the boonies because if I lived in an urban area I could get into a lot of trouble just for breathing.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Your daughter has been turned into the New Hitler Youth by Progressive culture. They are anti-human in that they condemn anything that doesn’t fit their ideal of perfection.

      Humans can’t exist like that. We are better off having a good laugh at our differences rather than ramping sensitivity up until kids are sent to the police for saying “brownie” in school when referring to a chocolate treat.

      There’s a great skit that Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin used to do as part of the Rat Pack. Sammy would jump into Martin’s arms, lifted up off the ground, and Martin would say something like “I’d like to thank the NAACP for this award.”

      We need more diffusion of this stuff rather than hypersensitivity. Your daughter is welcome to write an article here outlining why it is so all-fired important to be so “sensitive.” It might help us all to learn more about the bubble that Progressives are living inside. On the outside of the bubble (in what we call “reality”), people kid each other all the time and it’s a harmless way to diffuse tensions. Or used to be. Can a Progressive really make the claim that their hyper-sensitive way is working? Black Lives Matters (a racist organization) is the result of this “sensitivity” as are all the other draconian speech codes foisted on people by the supposedly “nice” Progressives.

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