The Deflation of the Academic Brand

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

In truth, elite education has become a cattle brand. It signifies lots of things other than knowledge. The Trump revolution is often attributed to the angry pushback of the deplorables and irredeemables and all those who lacked the knack for getting with the global agenda. Perhaps. But it was also a popular consensus that our experts in government, the university, and the media were not very expert, and the résumés and letters behind their names increasingly denoted nothing much at all.