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March 17, 2016

Tennessee Considers Law Which Would Make it Illegal for Colleges to Punish Students for Free Speech

Finally, belatedly, someone besides the hard left enters the culture war.

This is how it always is: The left begins fighting an insane culture war and it takes a decade for other people to even realize there's a war on at all. That's because the left lies and claim there's nothing going on and all (and that includes their softer liberal fellow travelers, who are so determined to keep political power that they lie and cover up all embarrassing behavior by their fellow leftists).

Maybe Tennessee fears the Mizzou Effect destroying its own colleges. At Mizzou, enrollments are way down:

ABC 17 News has learned early indicators show a downward trend in applications to the University of Missouri in Columbia following a number of very public issues and controversies on the campus last fall.

Applications made by incoming freshmen for the coming 2016-2017 school year have decreased noticeably since last year, based on a report obtained by ABC 17 News this week.

...

Among the highlights of the report, as of the compilation of this report, 941 fewer freshman had applied to enroll at Mizzou in 2016 compared to 2015. That is an almost 5% decrease year-to-year.

Applications scoring in the higher range of the ACT (an SAT-like test used by many colleges) declined 7.7%.

This effects not just the school's prestige, but its financial solvency.

A potential drop in enrollment and the threat of punitive budget cuts by the General Assembly have the University of Missouri operating "in financial crisis mode," a top campus official said Wednesday.

Gary Ward, vice chancellor for operations and chief operating officer of the Columbia campus, said during a meeting of the Regional Economic Development Inc. board that the university expects enrollment to drop by as much as 900 students next year. Ward, a REDI board member, said the loss of revenue from those students, many of whom would likely be paying out-of-state tuition, would be made worse by a reduction in state funding.


"They are very, very angry with the University of Missouri," Ward said of lawmakers. "The discussion is all the way from a haircut to no funding."

Interim UM System President Mike Middleton, making his fourth visit to the capital to repair the university’s image, said Thursday that the potential loss of tuition was $20 million to $25 million, which would be aggravated by any cuts in state funding.

"I still wouldn't call it a financial crisis, but I may be too optimistic," Middleton said.

The left is a destructive, lethal parasite. It infects healthy organizations and perverts them away from the positive, productive work they do into doing nothing but leftist political agitation. Thus, a college stops teaching student actual academic subjects and teaches them Melissa Click's ruminations on cisgendered privilege in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. People like Anita Sarkeesian crybully their way into an industry putting out products that people want to buy and starts collecting rents by explaining to them how they can make their products less desirable and less financially successful.

When you don't have any useful skills that can earn you money in the real, productive economy, you invent a fake economy in which it is somehow postulated to be morally virtuous to pay the weak and worthless a lot of productive people's money to turn productive organizations into unproductive basket-cases.

It's a plunder culture. Once they've plundered and destroyed one city, they move on to the next.


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