The shifts in American politics and economics have changed the role of higher education in the United States. The ideas of both the New Left and the neoliberal right have influenced the vision of the university as the institution most responsible for socioeconomic mobility in the U.S. More precisely, the degrees issued, not the knowledge acquired, are supposed to allow the recipients the opportunity to move up in income and social standing. The problem with this model and idea is that it is terribly flawed. Higher education will not create a more equal society or a better economy.
Donald Trump announced his presidential run on a strange anti-Mexican platform to great applause. In an hour long, rambling speech Trump laid out various explanations for American social, political, and economic decline. The problem with America: Mexican rapists and bad (political) cheerleaders. If it wasn’t for evil, violent Mexicans and Obama, the U.S. would be as strong as it (n)ever was.
Trump’s announcement was longwinded and incoherent. The only semi-constant theme through the speech is that government is inefficient and the market is efficient. This is a tried-and-true slogan of the Reagan Revolution; namely, that the freer the markets the freer the people and that government is the problem, not the solution. In fact, politics and politicians will only continue to hurt the nation. There are no quick policy fixes, but there is a great white hope: Trump himself. He’s a billionaire, a businessmen, and a red-blooded American. By his own bootstraps, but mainly his $9 billion billfold, he’ll rebuild America and put it back to work.