I will link and copy and paste from Jim's post on going after them and then add my own bits. Jim hits hard on this as a way to fuck with them.
But before he gets to making Saturday Night Live funny again, has to get to redevelop Harvard into shops, condos, hotels, and offices.
Currently we have an elaborate system where committees give grants to people who are on committees. This renders power and funding untraceable and difficult to control. To drain the swamp, has to run government money through a direct hierarchy operating on das Führerprinzip.
So the Dean of a university should be appointed by the board, the Dean should have the power to hire and fire professors, and all academic funding should go through university, which is to say through the dean. If the Pentagon wants a professor at MIT to research something, it should pay MIT, not the professor.
We should abolish tenure. Tenure was supposed to make professors proudly independent and capable of dissent, but instead every single academic at every single institution grovels. When the line changes, every professor changes his position and instantly forgets that the line was different yesterday. The line emerges from an amorphous mass of committees, obscuring who has power and who makes decisions.
Outside funding of academics should be seen as corrupting. Would Steve Jobs be happy if one of his executives received large payments from a committee containing people connected to a competing company? All funding should go directly through the board and Dean/CEO.
And when we have replaced hidden lines of authority with direct lines of authority, on das Führerprinzip, we can then hold those with that authority responsible for what they do with it.
After getting rid of committees and outside funding, which hides who has power and who makes decisions, then and only then can we purge academia.
This is pretty sharp. Remember that the last industry practicing like a Medieval guild is academia. Jim is going right after the priest class. This is smart. Trump should also take advantage of state governments going after rich endowments like some brewing battles in New England. People can weaken then financially, and honestly why stop with that angle. Start using "burdened students in debt slavery" as a means to destroy the universities.
1. Work on an economic policy that returns some manufacturing here. This could be accomplished with the multinational cash repatriation issue if Trump cuts a deal that returns cash at a lower tax rate but in exchange, they must relocate some jobs here. This hurts the demand for university degrees.
2. Come to some deal on the outstanding debt, but if we wipe it off, community service must be a portion of it and other debt must return to the schools. If this kills the University of Phoenix and some other for profits (and weaker non-profits) that are enrollment mills, so be it. Note that new investors would buy UofPhoenix and adjust how it is run. Remember the universities hate you.
3. Reform student debt to switch from nondischargable to the Reagan era 7 year discharge rule. Also add a provision that 10% of all loan principal that is defaulted on goes back to the university to pay. While rates would rise + media would spin "oh loans are worse now", Trump could spin this as "Ending Modern Day Slavery". This reduces student loans and number of people loading up and attending. universities lay off workers? Fuck them, they hate you.
4. Break the union. Every school has their union negotiate a collective bargaining agreement that allows for lavish benefits, lavish sabbatical rules, and countless other fantastic things you do not get. In many academic minimum employment contracts they have zero minimum hours per week but class minimum requirements. This is supposedly to allow for the swing in hours but it is also to allow for professors to teach one class, which they skip entirely or flub through and still collect the check. Destroy the union by saying that it is unfair for families to pay for the fattening of union purses in an industry that cannot be outsourced.
It's not just altering the priests but destroying demand for education and altering supply of loans. How many schools pull back enrollment if they have to worry about assuming defaulted debt? How many loans are NOT made if default risk returns? How many people to you affect on the margin? Every person you pull out of the university system is a win. it is four fewer years of indoctrination and potential for poz infection via supposed authority, sanctioned figures.
Jim wants to go after the priests. I want to reduce the number attending mass. Why not both?