"The obvious … and the true has got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s center…If that is granted, all else follows." George Orwell, 1984
The sad picture I have painted of North American higher education naturally prompts the question of what can be done about it. The answer is that professors should fulfill their professional obligation; uphold the truth through teaching and research; adopt policies that strengthen, and resist those that weaken, teaching and research. If political convictions compel some professors to work for social transformation, they should do so after they have fulfilled their professional obligation. If they cannot do that, they should resign their position and become political activists. But they should not take the money for doing their job, falsely claim to be doing it, while undermining the conditions in which the job can be done by others.