Much has been said about the civil-military divide, but there is a sharper breach: the academic-military divide. With the World War II generation’s disappearance from classrooms, no noticeable portion of the civilian professoriate has any military experience. Uncertain as to what kind of individuals they are trying to foster, many universities are home to a pervasive “anti-belief,” a conviction that belief itself is arbitrary or merely a cloak for power and that no one can know truth.
Yet the field that addresses this most directly—the humanities—is now driven by the politics of victimization. The source of fundamental and universal questions that have occupied mankind throughout history, the humanities have become secondary, in the minds of many, to science and technology. The Great Books, repositories of the heritage on which our Western culture is based, are ignored.