To ensure equality, socialism must take the top down. That is far easier than bringing the bottom up. In schools, that means far more invested in remediation than in honors. That prime directive translates into 15 valedictorians rather than one. In our fairer worlds, 75% receive As rather than 20%. We are heading to a society where we are degreed and certified — and all know very little. What would be the point of erudition when it would mean that recall, speech, writing, and reference would be beyond the majority’s comprehension and therefore of no social utility? Why have a Tolstoy when at the ministry of education a committee can issue novels with far better themes of diversity and gender equity?
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