Friday, January 28, 2005

Exploded systems 

Before bed, let me post this quote from Adam Smith:
The greater part of universities have not even been very forward to adopt those improvements after they were made; and several of those learned societies have chosen to remain, for a long time, the sanctuaries in which exploded systems and obsolete prejudices found shelter and protection after they had been hunted out of every other corner of the world. In general, the richest and best endowed universities have been the slowest in adopting those improvements, and the most averse to permit any considerable change in the established plan of education.
(The Wealth of Nations, V.1.162)
This quote was part of a statement by Dartmouth economist Meir Kohn in introducing Daniel Pipes, calling it a great day for intellectual diversity.

Sadly, little has changed. In our generation, the "exploded system" is marxism. And our universities are indeed its last sanctuary. Neo-marxist notions set the parameters of "political correctness" on campus-- the evils of capitalism and colonialism and the sins of America and Israel.

H/T: Instapundit.