many years ago i passed my 21st birth among the bean soup eaters at the university of munich student cafeteria. there, the doctoral candidates came in their ratty tweed jackets and rattier wool vests and scarfed down the cheap bean soup to sustain their meager existences waiting for some poor old tenured professor to die so that a job opening would occur. the promise was tenure, a life of ease and coeds. it was worth the suffering.
in the meantime, to stay entertained, there was the rousing of the rabble to attend to, and riots and head bustings to attend. and, of course, there were the credulous coeds.
feminism was not yet on the horizon. not that it would interrupt the flow of coeds. suffering poverty, w/ a good chin line and an aristocratic nose, never runs out of fashion. and, poverty assures a flat belly.
on the other hand were the fur clad matrons eating cream puffs, accompanied by leashed & muzzled german shepards lying at their feet, idily watching the proletariat walking down the boulevards.
it was a scene in balance. and, it was a scene waiting to be plucked from the vine. an unemployed vanguard of the proletariat, a social movement lying beached upon the shores social indifference, and the idle exercise of wealth. great wealth.
what easier and cheaper acquisition was available for those who would attain social and political rule than a rag tag accumulation of bean soup eaters, eager to provide the intellectual basis and rationale for rule, if not their own, than for their handlers. so, the rich and those who were denied the rule they had coveted and exercised before democracy said they were not entitled anymore simply because of position and wealth, simply bought the bean soup eaters.
and, gave them tenure. and, position. and, treated them as though they truly believed in their words, and told them they spoke for history and the attainment of truth. and, became one with them, and affected their beliefs, and curried their favor. and, turned their souls and their effort, and their money, toward the attainment of the rule that had been denied them. they sought what history simply teaches was their right, and that was the rule & mantle that falls upon the rich.
so, we have bill gates, who owns the university of washington, exercising the power that belongs to the billionaire. quietly, efficiently, and without having to run for office and at the cost of replacing a window here and there, and perhaps building a new building when the idiot children who operate at the puppeteers direction burn down an old one.
and, we have phil knight, who owns the university of oregon, exercising his power quietly and efficiently, ... , etc. etc. etc., the due of the fabulously wealthy. never mind his wealth is the wealth of the far eastern sweat shop, and the production of superfluous bullshit. money talks, and bullshit walks.
and, in the meantime, the "intelligentsia," such as it is, grinds away in its attack on the industrial west, paradoxically elevating to rule precisely those men and that class that it supposedly attacks. it is deliciously ironical that bill gates exercises power by the manipulation of those people and those forces who ostensibly attack him in academia, and do absolutely nothing to decrease his power in the market place. and, so in goes in the mega-industry and that mega-industry, socialist leftist marxists oligarchs exercising absolute market dominion by the exercise, practice and expedient of buying those who attack them.
a socialist intellectual academic movement serving its purchasers by attacking them, and at the same time building the governmental and regulatory edifice that perpetuates them and insulates them from any economic or business attack.
for the rich. for academia. it is having your cake and eating it, too. delicious irony.
john jay @ 02.02.2017
p.s. the more delicious in that the modern oligarch are supported by making things that people do not need, and serve no useful purpose other than allowing people to talk, which they can basically do for free. and, by providing new and improved versions of totally useless products.
what would marx say, indeed.
what lenin, stalin, trotsky, mao and pol phot would say is, "you cannot making an omelet without breaking a few eggs."
what jay says is, "eggs of the world, unite. buy guns, buy ammo, by supplies, staples, potables, wool and fuel. learn how to shoot, and maneuver."