CAMILLE PAGLIA IS UNHAPPY WITH OUR COLLEGES

Reason has released a March, 2015 Nick Gillespie interview with cultural critic Camille Paglia, who as usual has many lively opinions.

Here are a few: journalism today (bad), Hillary (a disaster), the ideal first female president (Dianne Feinstein), what kids learn in high school (don’t bully), college now (summer camp, Club Med), what campus leftists should have been doing in the 80s and 90s (“opposing the entire evolution of the university–that is, toward this administrative bureaucracy that has totally robbed power from the faculty.”)

She thinks students today are “utterly unformed” and colleges are responsible for the lack of intellectual discourse in America:: “I’ve encountered these graduates of Harvard, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton; I’ve encountered them in the media, and people in their 30s now, some of them, their minds are like Jell-O. They know nothing! They’ve not been trained in history. They have absolutely no structure to their minds. Their emotions are unfixed. The banality of contemporary cultural criticism, of academe, the absolute collapse of any kind of intellectual discourse in the U.S. is the result of these colleges, which should have been the best, instead having retracted into caretaking. The whole thing is about approved social positions in a kind of misty love of humanity, without any direct knowledge of history or economics or anthropology.”

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One thought on “CAMILLE PAGLIA IS UNHAPPY WITH OUR COLLEGES”

  1. What was the purpose of writing this “article”? All you’ve done is reiterated the viewpoint of some woman, without really explaining who she is or adding anything to your quotes… Plus, it’s so short–it couldn’t even be called an article or an essay. This is a stupid “essay”, you shouldn’t have even tried to write it . If you’re going to write an article why don’t you actually try to write something!

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