R. R. Reno, at the First Things weblog, flags the final report of the Harvard task force on general education. From Reno’s discussion it appears that “liberal education” is now understood as the training of technocrats to man the global machinery that is to govern 21st century society. In particular, Harvard students are to be trained to distance themselves from beliefs, ethics, culture, and aesthetics, and treat them as productions of the social apparatus they are destined to manage.
It’s always helpful when the enemies of humanity make it clear what they have in mind. It makes it easier to orient yourself. The problem with the system, by the way, is that a comprehensively manipulative approach to human life can’t work. We are all human beings before we are managers of human beings. The system gives the operatives nothing to live by apart from their own ambition and class solidarity, and that’s no way to get a system that’s stable either personally or socially. Also, no matter how smart the operatives are, people eventually catch on and stop listening when the things that matter most to them are treated with patronizing contempt.