Sir Roger Scruton: ‘Get Rid of Universities Altogether’

Sir Roger Scruton: ‘Get Rid of Universities Altogether’, by Human Events.

“It sounds as though we have [lost complete control of universities],” conservative philosopher Sir Roger Scruton told the Europe at a Crossroads conference today in London. …

“There are two solutions to this, though,” explained Scruton – arguably one of the greatest living conservative philosophers.

“One is to start new universities, outside the nexus of state control, which is what happened with Buckingham [University]. Founded by Margaret Thatcher, and where I do teach a course, and which is going in the right direction. Which does have well known reactionaries like David Starkey talking openly from the platform. That’s a possibility, though of course it is a small gesture.

“But there’s the other way forward, which is to get rid of universities altogether.” …

“That is to say, make sure their sources of funding dry up,” Sir Roger continued.

“They are essentially state-sponsored institutions. Withdrawing the grants that they enjoy would bring them right down to the level to which they are actually approaching, and I think that might be something that we should think about.

“On the other hand we don’t want to lose all the scientific advances that universities produce and which are necessary to a modern economy. It could be that we ought to ring fence the humanities, which after all can enjoy all this bigoted leftism largely because they make no difference whatsoever to the general economy, and just give support to the sciences.”