The Crisis of the University and the Liberal Arts

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

In my book “The Storm Before the Calm,” I predicted that one of the main battles of the next cycle would be the future of the university. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the timetable dramatically, so the crisis is now, and its manifestation is financial. Only schools with significant endowments can do without tuition for any length of time. This means many of the more than 5,000 universities in the United States will not be able to open this year and the rest will be teaching at distance. For about 20 years, on and off, I was a professor of political philosophy. So believe me when I say the financial problems of the university come from how Americans see the university. The professors who teach the students are oddly deployed. They have the responsibilities of teaching, researching and serving on committees to manage the department. They also have a guarantee of academic freedom. Once tenured, after about seven years of service, they can no longer be fired except for cause. This guarantees them academic freedom, to challenge accepted truths and stand against conventional wisdom. One of the less appetizing aspects of American life (or all life) is the periodic fashions […]

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George Friedman

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.

His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Friedman has briefed numerous military and government organizations in the United States and overseas and appears regularly as an expert on international affairs, foreign policy and intelligence in major media. For almost 20 years before resigning in May 2015, Dr. Friedman was CEO and then chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University.