Commencement rants offer dreams of dominance to precious little asshats

From Thomas Sowell at Townhall:

This is the season of college Commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times.

Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler it is to be in “public service” than working in business or other “selfish” activities.

In other words, the message is that it is morally superior to be in organizations consuming output produced by others than to be in organizations which produce that output. Moreover, being morally one-up is where it’s at.

The second theme of many Commencement speakers, besides flattering themselves that they are in morally superior careers, is to flatter the graduates that they are now equipped to go out into the world as “leaders” who can prescribe how other people should live. More.

Reality check: I greatly respect economist Thomas Sowell but have long felt he belongs to an older generation that simply does not grasp basic facts: Universities today exist in order to turn out junior jackboots, the Outer Party (as Orwell put it) who will indeed prescribe how progressive governments’ growing numbers of dependents should live.

Anyone who wishes to change that must tackle progressive government in every form head on. Start by blowing clear of the legacy media that are now merely its PR.

See also: “The Fetus is Breathing, We Can’t Provide Care” Soon, we will be “The Fetus” and they will be the Government

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  • If you work for government you are not a public servant. You have devolved into a parasite.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Actually, I believe the distinction is this: Public service usually involves running for some kind of political office. “Working” for a government – be it municipal, provincial or federal – makes you an employee of the “civil service” or a “civil servant”.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Things won’t turn around until taxpayers demand an end to subsidizing these little states within the state.

    • WalterBannon

      Things won’t turn around until after we have another civil war

  • Ed

    “…Anyone who wishes to change that must tackle progressive government in every form head on.”

    Right. The guts to say “fuck off!”


  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I think the universities are in trouble.
    They should be looking at the horizon like Sarah Connor did at the end of the first Terminator movie.
    The student debt bubble coupled with the advent of Massive Open Online Courses are going to change education in ways they haven’t considered or haven’t reacted to, yet.
    What we need is an alternative accreditation agency to rival the monopoly of the education establishment.