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Our treacherous colleges

The Baltimore Sun

The Pew Research Center discovers in a survey that “a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year.”

While depressing to contemplate, this attitude is not entirely novel.

From Jane Smiley’s Moo (1995), set in a fictitious Midwestern university:

“It was well known among the citizens of the state that the university had pots of money and that there were highly paid faculty members in every department who had once taught Marxism and who now taught something called deconstructionism which was only Marxism gone underground in preparation for emergence at a time of national weakness.”

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