I’m finding myself drinking from the seemingly bottomless well of a new discovery, “public intellectual” (and elder, and professor, and farmer) Victor Davis Hanson. Below, I link his view of what Higher Education needs in order to not only survive, but thrive.
Frankly, as one who lives in Bloomington, the town that surrounds Indiana University, noticing more and more gigantic limestone-faced campus buildings going up while tuition fees inch higher and higher and students either do or do not graduate with more and more debt, what’s going on with this particular iteration of out-of-control bureaucracy stares me daily in the face.
But, we’ve got to remember, in a top-down, more and more centralized predatory capitalist economy, it’s the nature of any organized structural system to constantly expand. We can make the same critique of any or all medico/pharmaceutico/financial/educational/military-industrial/governmental bureaucracies. None are immune from the tendency to turn cancerous if not constantly tweaked into remembering to follow the law of nature that brings forms into being and then dissolves them back into the rich humus of potentiality.
The question of marijuana is fascinating. As an old hippie who very deliberately and consciously knew intuitively the late ’60s that I could use marijuana to help myself break the religious and scientistic programming of my childhood conditioning, and BTW, see this:
.— I have been amazed to watch the gradual legalization process take place now, in the internet age, when people are both being programmed ever more strongly, and yet (thanks in part to marijuana?) waking up to their programming at the same time.
Here’s an interesting set of observations on the process society is engaged in now, coming at the end of a post on the much ballyhooed first-ever arrest of a big-time pharmaceutical distributor CEO. According to author Arjun Wala, ALL drugs should be legalized. And he makes a good argument. That, in itself, would scale down or even eliminate many layers of bureaucracy.