Bill Maher graduated college at a time when professors opened up young minds to new, challenging thoughts.
That’s often not the case on the modern campus.
Maher brought up that sorry status quo with “Club Random” guest Marianne Williamson. The author and spiritual guru ran for the presidency in 2020 and is on the campaign trail once again.
“College,” Maher said, “is f***king bulls***, most of it.” We need far less colleges and most people need far less college to do the job they’re doing.”
“It’s a scam, college, it’s a huge scam,” he continued. “They sell you this ticket because without this ticket, this diploma that says you went to college, some four-year day care center, you can’t get the kind of jobs that pay well.”
“Of all the things that have been suffering from inflation in the last like 20 years, it’s college, the most, it’s like 600 percent,” Maher added.
Williamson agreed, noting the student loan debt crisis facing millions of young Americans.
“That’s part of the scam,” Maher said.
The far-Left Williamson, who believes the government should pick up the tab for college, housing and much more, defended the university model in theory.
“There’s another value to education … the expansion of our critical thought process” she said.
“They’re doing the exact opposite on campus. All they do on campus is throw people off of it for not having thoughts that don’t conform to the one true opinion,” Maher said, recalling a Yale University protest over Halloween costumes as just one shocking example.
[Warning: Adult language in the following video]
Maher added that professors now fear losing their jobs for saying alternate views.
“Yeah, I agree with that,” Williamson said.
The 2019 film “No Safe Spaces” captured the dawn of that trend. The film included the case of a liberal biology professor, Bret Weinstein, who was chased off Evergreen State College for criticizing a protest banning white students from the campus.
“There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and underappreciated roles….and a group encouraging another group to go away. The first is a forceful call to consciousness, which is, of course, crippling to the logic of oppression. The second is a show of force, and an act of oppression in and of itself.”
He was physically attacked for his opinion while campus security officials stood down. He later left the college along with his wife, a fellow professor at the college, following endless harassment. The couple later sued Evergreen and won $500,000.
Williamson had a good reason to take Maher’s side on the university system’s fall from grace. She personally saw the groupthink that exists on today’s campuses.
She recalled a brief teaching gig at a university where students recoiled at some of her lessons.
“I felt so judged by the students. Instead of the teachers grading the papers I felt like the students were grading me the whole time,” she said. “‘You shouldn’t talk about that. I don’t like the way you talk about it.'”
“That’s you,” Maher interjected, incredulous. “That’s a very liberal, enlightened woman…”
“…about a book I had written, so I kinda knew what I was talking about,” she answered.