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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