09 December 2014

How Academia Views The Rest Of Us

I've uploaded dozens of posts about the arrogant, self-righteous, elitist, and less than honest attitude that permeates much of academia. While there are certainly individuals within the ivory tower cabal who are decent, honest educators and administrators, academia is, as an institution, completely out of touch with mainstream Americans. Academia believes, institutionally, that they are intellectually and morally superior to the rest of us. Moreover, many of them believe the rest of us are so stupid as to not notice or understand this delusional disconnect. That's because many of them live their lives in a bubble. Academics are, as a whole, subject to groupthink - politically correct groupthink. 

By now, most readers have read and/or heard the condescending, arrogant and deceitful remarks coming from MIT economics Professor Jonathan Gruber as he described his involvement with the recent healthcare reform legislation and implementation. Gruber gladly accepted hundreds of thousands of American taxpayer dollars for his work on healthcare reform while simultaneously characterizing the average American voter as "stupid." A textbook example of an academic elite. Gruber's condescending attitude toward the average American, e.g.: “the American voter is too stupid to understand”, is systemic within academia. In many ways, it defines "higher learning's" attitude toward the "great unwashed."

Dr. Walter Williams recently used the Jonathan Gruber revelation to illustrate much of this. Of course, Williams knows how academia works. He's worked in the belly of the beast for decades:
Dr. Williams has served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, since 1980; from 1995 to 2001, he served as department chairman. He has also served on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, California State University Los Angeles, and Temple University in Philadelphia, and Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.
 As Williams points out in the recent article:
One little-noticed feature of Gruber’s speeches was the type of place where he felt comfortable talking about the use of deception and mocking American intelligence. His speeches took place at the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rhode Island. Universities are home to the academic elite — people who believe they have more intelligence than and superior wisdom to the masses. They believe they have been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Gruber and his fellow academic elite have what they consider to be good reasons for restricting the freedom of others. [Emphasis mine].
The fact his comments admitting deception were welcome (even generating laughter) in a number of University settings also reflects academia's pervasive ideology of moral relativism - the ends justifies the means. Academics, along with some of their associates in progressive education efforts, used to come here and defend academia and the systemic fraud supported by political correctness. They no longer do - with good reason of course. They look like fools in attempting to defend the indefensible. I'd slink away into the shadows too. Cowards.

But I digress. Today's hearings even brought down the wrath of Gruber's political soulmates.
The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee made GOP chairman Darrell Issa’s opening statement sound tame by comparison.

“As far as I can tell, we are here today to beat up on Jonathan Gruber for stupid — I mean absolutely stupid — comments he made over the last few years,” he began, staring angrily at the hapless professor.

“Let me be clear, I am extremely frustrated with Dr. Gruber’s statements,” Cummings continued. “They were irresponsibly, incredibly disrespectful, and did not reflect reality. And they were indeed insulting.” [Emphasis mine.]

These remarks by Congressman Elijah Cummins are spot on, with one exception - the part I highlighted. Gruber's offending remarks do, in fact, reflect reality - at least in regards to how much of academia view themselves in contrast to those outside academia and those not part of the ruling class elite, i.e., the "average American."

Keep all this in mind the next time you read some condescending, arrogant, "professional" educator, historian, etc., etc. lecture you on how you should interpret American history and how those who embrace a more traditional perspective of American history are "ignorant" (stupid) and who use history for political ends at the expense of the truth. Right.

No doubt they're laughing and mocking at how "stupid" we all are are as they sip their lattes in the faculty lounge or as they attempt to impress each other at the next academic conference, believing they've gotten away with another fast one.

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