15:45 — SPECIAL GUEST: Professor Wolff interviews Professor Michael Pelias about the rationale and goals of launching a new Left University in New York City.
“The institutional intent today is only to credential and initiate new members of the business status quo, not to encourage original thinking or self discovery. This puts academe in collusion with the corporate state to eliminate intellectual tension and create a false new class of “managers” and “professionals,” who will then reinforce the cycle of replicating themselves and the exhausted system they continue to support. The corporate realm is only too happy to provide external funding and “public-private partnerships” in order to continue to co-opt the universities in order to buttress reactionary business orthodoxies. Lastly, this makes the faculty complicit in enabling this negative transformation of the academy; their devil’s bargain is to continue to draw salaries and benefits packages from the beast that ultimately will discard and starve them.”