Unlearning the Doctrines of a Revolution Will Require a Counter-Revolution, and Here’s How to Do that

The doctrines of hate America and hate capitalism are the core content of the XYZ college kid’s revolution, and they gave rise to Biden and Harris being elected, and Fetterman, and possibly Warnock.

So, my question today is “What can be done about it?”

Here’s what — Make it normal for prestigious high paying corporations to hire management level people with no college degree.

If you do that one thing, the colleges, which I think cannot be reformed, and Randi Weingarten, who I think cannot be reformed, will fade in their impact on USA. They will become marginal chimeras where now they are Powers that Set the Tone.

OK, how could you do that?

Well, do corporate employers want their recruits to have any skills?

Yes, they do.

What skills?

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Coding, and STEM general knowledge.

OK, are colleges the ONLY place and the ONLY way that these desired skill can be embraced by students and brought to high levels of functional attainment?

No, there are many places, and many ways this COULD be done if we choose to de-emphasized colleges.

Self-Teaching using workbooks is the main way.

Why would anybody do that?

To pass the test and get a job.

You mean there is a test?

No, I mean there COULD BE a test.

If there were a test, and management level employers relied on it, colleges would dry up and blow away in droves.

So the whole college experience and outcome can be replicated by a testing service?

No, just the part of the outcome that matters to employers — the work-related skills.

What about The Beloved College?

When colleges in general go by the boards, The Beloved College will still be able to recruit its complement of entering Freshmen.

How come?

First, people read the Great Books for reasons quite apart from skills attainment and getting a job.

Second, we can rely on the whole world to produce the 1000 capable applicants we need. We don’t need to rely entirely on USA to provide them. We are like Oxford and Cambridge in that respect.

Third, we don’t rely on tuition to support what we do. We rely on philanthropists who value arts and letters for reasons of their own. Many of them are patriots, or minutemen for the Western Canon. They think that the Great Books are “great” that our Program is unique, and that the sort of education it confers is essential to the continued existence of the West as culture.

Culture is universal, but the best entry point is to master your own culture first. Culture helps humanity have a better view of mortal existence, a more open approach the diplomacy, and a more critical approach to what constitutes “science”.

So it’s arguably not in vain that a philanthropist may choose to support The Beloved College, particularly business and government organizations that have directly experienced the work of its graduates and want more like that in the future. The list of major employers is of record, no need to present it here.

Finally, philosophy has features that draw people to its practice. They want to be philosophers. They want their Ph. D. in “Greats” from Oxford, Cambridge, or Sorbonne. Or perhaps they want the become Monseigneurs, or Juin Tzes, or Rishis. There’s no accounting for this desire in a few humans except to note that it’s been around for millenia. One thinks of Socrates and his students, or Jesus and his disciples, or the Shaolin Temple, or the Glass Bead Game.

So, a few Greats focused undergraduate colleges will endure in USA even if the vast majority of undergraduate organizations are made redundant, irrelevant, and unecessary to the well being of their students. Test based skills assessment is a way of bypassing institutions that have become toxic to the well being of our nation. If companies and agencies adopt this approach, there will be healing in this patrie, by more people of influence at least knowing it basic tenets and principles.

Like a mighty army moves the minutemen of La Patrie.

Brothers we are treading, where the Founders trod.

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