The Academy is a knowledge cartel,
a sphere of exclusion,
insular and incestuous.
Access to the highest quality education is not a privilege exclusively for the rich,
it is a human right!
I. ARE YOU IN? IN THE EXCLUSIONARY SPHERES, THINKING FOR YOURSELF IS FORBIDDEN.
“The ruling ideas of each age have always been the ideas of the ruling class.”
“The university’s primary function is one of selection, not so much of people (which is, after all, basically not very important) as of knowledges. It can play this selective role because it has a sort of de facto—and de jure—monopoly, which means that any knowledge that is not born or shaped within this sort of institutional field—whose limits are in fact relatively fluid but which consists, roughly speaking, of the university and official research bodies—that anything that exists outside it, any knowledge that exists in the wild, any knowledge that is born elsewhere, is automatically, and from the outset, if not actually excluded, disqualified a priori. That the amateur scholar ceased to exist in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is a well-known fact. So the university has a selective role: it selects knowledges. Its role is to distinguish between qualitative and quantitative levels of knowledge, and to distribute knowledges accordingly. Its role is to teach, which means respecting the barriers that exist between the different floors of the university apparatus. Its role is to homogenize knowledges by establishing a sort of scientific community with a recognized status; its role is to organize a consensus. Its role is, finally, to use, either directly or indirectly, State apparatuses to centralize knowledge.”
– from Foucault’s “Society Must Be Defended,” 182
(1:54) “its only if you submit to those systems that you are counted as a respectable intellectual”
“they were brought into a community” – “it’s also social and political”
II. NO POOR OR LOWER MIDDLES ALOWED
(41:46) “I loved what I was studying but it was hard socially. . . . the way everyone dressed was different . . spoke a different language . . .” – BBC documentary – Who Gets the Best Jobs? [only they do]
the poor are still kept out of top US colleges
”we’re filling up the graduate schools with well-to-do children”
(56:00) “who loses how much when”
~ don’t make it me, make it the other guy
~ we could all learn from Marx if we had the chance
(1:00:00) “write them off” to escape being taken down with the sinking ship
III. THE MYTH OF MERITOCRACY
- how the victims of the system are socialized to blame themselves (min 1:16:00) http://www.rdwolff.com/content/game-rigged
- “here’s the weird thing”- the iron law of oligarchy/meritocracy (49:00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbeOp_hG6gY
IV. The cowering intellects are housed in the exclusionary spheres.
“As Noam Chomsky has argued, this reduction of faculty to the status of subaltern labor is ‘part of a corporate business model designed to reduce labor costs and to increase labor servility.'”
“Within such iniquitous conditions of power, access and wealth, education will not foster a sense of organized responsibility fundamental to a democracy. Instead, it encourages a sense of organized irresponsibility – a practice that underlies the economic Darwinism and civic corruption at the heart of a debased politics.”
isn’t it great how the power elite can affect all manner of indirect airs but when anyone else has a sense of irony or unflattering humor it’s “incoherent” or “inattentive,” as if they’re the only people–the “right type” of people–who can be aware of implications and contexts – they’re unrelenting in their ad hominem attacks but if you follow suit they’ll condescend to lecture you on what qualifies as an argument – they are masters of double standards and thus exemplars of hypocrisy – for them it’s perpetual growth, for the rest of us it’s “tighten your belts!”
La Trahison Des Clercs
“There are two sets of principles. They are the principles of power and privilege and the principles of truth and justice. If you pursue truth and justice it will always mean a diminution of power and privilege. If you pursue power and privilege it will always be at the expense of truth and justice. Benda says that the credo of any true intellectual has to be, as Christ said, ‘my kingdom is not of this world.’ Chomsky exposes the pretenses of those who claim to be the bearers of truth and justice. He shows that in fact these intellectuals are the bearers of power and privilege and all the evil that attends it.”
The calvinists who have a trace of conscience come down with imposter syndrome, those that do not never had one to begin with.
you don’t heal the sick and uplift the poor, you cut them down,
you kick us while we’re down
“elite institutions screw us up”
the scourge of EICD (Elite Institution Cognitive Disorder)
…’function of standing’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relative_deprivation
“as human being we dramatically underestimate the cost of being at the bottom of a hierarchy”
“For the lower class, the revolution has changed nothing.”
Elites would prefer a world in which the masses inherited their situational disadvantage in the form of an (un)”natural” [problematizing nature/nurture with scare quotes and parentheticals] selection, and so drift not only circumstantially but biologically. They would like to add genetic manipulations to compound the educational rigging already in place. They will naturalize the unfair advantages. Why should they need to (they don’t – the game is rigged enough) besides the fact that they can? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morlock
(1:06:00) “the rest are just the ultra rich” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNT3_qugjZU
“this type of elite self-protection”
“cultural affinity . . . your worldview gets distorted”
Pay the faculty and people who do the work a reasonable sum, not the president and his good old boys who come up with the profit schemes and are paid obscene amounts of money just to shindig with the aristocracy.