Negotiation by riot [updated]
I’m sure you’ve seen the scenes of destruction in London as thousands of British students rampages through buildings in central London protesting their Government’s announcement that it’s time for the UK Government to stop living beyond taxpayers’ means.
As Peter McCaffrey quips, you have to love the irony of self-described Anarchists rioting because the STATE won't give them a free education!
And you have to admire the double irony of those who have spent most years in the state’s classrooms using violence, vandalism and destruction to make their case.
Perhaps there’s something about what they’re being taught inside those classrooms that leaves students prone to seeing nihilism as their metier, and reason as their enemy?
Because after years of being immersed in the nihilistic philosophies oozing out of university’s philosophy, psychology and sociology departments (to pick just three), the pictures of those nihilists down at Millbank make evident that Britain’s “intellectual elite” have taken one look at the economic reality in the world outside their ivory towers and can only stamp their feet like children and chant, “I want it. Now.” [Hat tip Marcus Bachler]
As eloquent an argument as you’d need that what is being taught in their classrooms leaves students unable to cope with reality—and partial to the idea of violence as an end in itself.
Because instead of reasoned arguments, sound thinking and eloquent addresses, all they can offer is broken glass and destruction. Negotiation by riot.
Which is as good a reason as any not to just cut taxpayer funding to universities, but to end it.
UPDATE: As a brief semi-serious demonstration of the point made above, Gus Van Horn links to this graphic illustration of the decline of the “queen of the sciences” in terms of the kinds of questions being asked around philosophy departments…
And around some of the other departments…