universities *State(-*regulated)
universities comprise a *coercively *monopolized and *tax-subsidized
system. They could be operated *efficiently if all state
interference were simply swept away and *free-market *competition were
allowed, which is not to rule out *charitable donations
and scholarships. Because of this *opportunity cost,
these *criminal *organizations are the enemies of the scholarship and *education that they
affect to have as their raison d’être.

Contra a
long-standing debate, there is no essential purpose for a university other than
what might officially be stated by any particular university. And there is no
percentage of the population that ought to go to university other than the
amount that freely opt into doing so at no one else’s *proactively imposed
expense (in the UK 25% drop out from their courses; and the ones who do not
drop out are usually even more of a *waste). But however
universities are run, the words of Frank Zappa (1940-1993) are likely to remain
true: “If you want to get laid, go to
college. If you want an education, go to the *library.”

See *academics; *politically-correct studies; *qualifications.

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