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California Goes Nuts

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The great state of California is all but bankrupt.  There's no money to be found.  It's been ordered to release over 30,000 prisoners because the funding is not there to keep them in what a (slim) Supreme Court majority views as constitutionally adequate conditions.  The state legislature seems poised to order a referendum to abolish the death penalty, based principally on the argument that, deserved or not, it's just too expensive.

The state education system has not been spared. UC San Diego will no longer offer a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering; it also eliminated a master's program in comparative literature and courses in French, German, Spanish, and English literature.

Still, while the State's foremost obligation  --  the physical safety of its citizens  --  and long-honored fundamentals of its university system take a hit, some things escape.  As Heather MacDonald reports, the "diversity" leviathon is going great guns:

Not only have diversity sinecures been protected from budget cuts, their numbers are actually growing. The University of California at San Diego, for example, is creating a new full-time "vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion." This position would augment UC San Diego's already massive diversity apparatus, which includes the Chancellor's Diversity Office, the associate vice chancellor for faculty equity, the assistant vice chancellor for diversity, the faculty equity advisors, the graduate diversity coordinators, the staff diversity liaison, the undergraduate student diversity liaison, the graduate student diversity liaison, the chief diversity officer, the director of development for diversity initiatives, the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, the Committee on the Status of Women, the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion, the Diversity Council, and the directors of the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and the Women's Center.

Translation:  While the already bloated culture of victimization gets a geyser of funding to take over the state's universities, the number of actual victims  --  of recidivist crime, that is  --  is headed for a big increase, because there's no money left to see to their safety.

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That laundry list of know-nothing, do-nothing, positions is exhibit A in the top five reasons American students are falling woefully behind in the global pursuit of knowledge.

The arrogance of the cognoscente within academia is appalling.

What is more troubling is that they maintain their politically-correct sinecures in the face of budget constraints.

To eliminate electrical and computer engineering while keeping this stuff is, or ought to be, beyond belief. It's grievance mongering impersonating education -- not that the impersonation is particularly convincing. On the other hand, it doesn't need to be. It has the snarling cover of PC.

I respectfully disagree, however, that these people are do-nothings. They do something: They lay the groundwork to accelerate the attack on America as a racist, sexist, class-laden society that has forfeited, if it ever had, the moral authority to deal effectively with its criminals -- you know, They Who Are Marginalized. Thus it's not just that this crowd vacuums up money that could go to protecting normal, law-abiding people. Even worse, like cultural termites, they nibble away at the foundations for believing that such protection ever ought to exist. Crime, after all, is what America has coming to it for its innumerable sins.

In my gloomier moments, stories like this make me think it's late in the day for our country.

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