mine research, since one of the ostensivenjustifications for the Factories isnthat they allow their faculties time tondo research and publish. But only ansmall number of the highly paid,ntenured faculty at American universitiesnpublish anything. In the vast majoritynof Factories the unwritten rulenfor the highest paid faculty is “Don’tnpublish and get rich.” Since they alsonteach less and less, getting paid morenand more in real terms for less and lessnwork of any kind, they actually constitutenmonopolists happy to continuenmilking the public.nThe search for truth and wisdom isnthe highest and most noble humannpursuit, and there are many of us whoncontinue in the quest. But most studentsnand faculty members have beennso demoralized by the bureaucratizationnof education that they laugh innderision at the very idea of pursuingnknowledge. The great mass of collegenstudents now long only to “escape tonthe real world.”nIn his last article, the late A. BartlettnGiamatti, former president of Yale,nnoted, “I have never met a parent whonhas said to me, Tm really delightednwith the quality of teaching, the sensenof values, the direction the studentsnget.'” I rest my case. Vouchers and taxncredits will not usher in the promisednland, nor will they transform the quadnat State U. into the Lyceum. But theynsurely will bring an end to the EducationnFactories.n—Jack D. DouglasnTHE NEA’S FUTURE has nownbeen decided, the decision is by consensus,nand the conservative positionnhas prevailed. Chairman John Frohn-nPrincipalities & Powersnby Samuel FrancisnAfter centuries of delusion that whitenpeople ever accomplished anythingnworth doing, Euro-Americans are finallynlearning to grapple with just hownworthless they really are. Last November,na conference of the Brahmins ofn”Afrocentrism” in Atlanta devoted allnof a weekend to expounding the muchtrumpetedninsights that it was reallyn8/CHRONICLESnmayer said so in a little-noticed appearancenat the Newsmakers Breakfast atnthe National Press Club last Septembern17. Here is what he said: First, “Inhave argued all along that internalnmanagement reform and sensitivity tontaxpayers will be the remedy of ournproblems.” Translation: the artists’npanels will no longer dictate who getsnwhat. Taxpayers’ opinion (read: peoplenrevolted by taxpayers’ subsidies to politicalnor obscene or bigoted or blasphemousnart) will now make a difference.nSecond, “Peer panel review system:na lay person now sits on each panel,nthat is, someone with a profound interestnin the arts who does not make theirn[sic] living through the arts. We alsonrecognized that the panels of citizenexpertsnhad become, in their own eyesnand in the eyes of many artists, infalliblenjudges whose recommendationsnshould not be questioned by either thenNational Council or the Chairpersonn[of the NEA]. That had to change, andnthe new attitude is a foundation fornaccountability in the future.” Translation:nthe same thing again. The artists’npanels will no longer dictate who getsnwhat. Taxpayers’ opinion will nownmake a difference.nThird, the “Endowment must reaffirmnthat it is for all the Americannpeople, rather than looking solely tonthe arts community. It is a question ofnfinding a balance between the need fornfreedom of artistic expression and publicnaccountability.” Translation: thensame thing a third time.nSo much for a now-repudiated past.nWhat about the future? Here thenchairman defines an Endowment thatnwill simply keep out of the public eye.nIt will “emphasize arts education,”n”emphasize delivery of arts to ournAfricans who built the pyramids, inventednphilosophy and mathematics,ndiscovered America, and founded Judaismnand Christianity (both Moses andnJesus were “African-Americans,” younsee).nNot only the first human beings butnalso the first languages were African,ntoo, and so were Egyptians Nefertitinand King Tut, the largely MacedoniannCleopatra, and even the Creek slavenAesop, who, as far as I know, has nevernnnmulticultural and rural communities,”n”emphasize the international activitiesnof this agency,” and “maintain,nstrengthen, and enhance our core institutionsnwhich are both the repositoriesnof our past artistic genius and innmany ways the hope for our future.nHere I mean our museums, symphonies,ntheaters, operas, and all othernmajor artistic groups.” Translation:ngrants will mostly go to institutions,ne.g., schools, community organizations,ninternational exhibitions, museums,nand theaters, which can be trustednnot to blow up Pittsburgh, and notnso much to individual artists, who cannotnbe trusted.nThe chairman’s reiteration of thenmagic words conservatives have heardnso little of in the past 18 months —n”accountability,” “taxpayer,” “nonlonger solely for the arts community”n— tells us that the NEA has finallyncapitulated to what I regard as goodnsense. It aims at a long future as anfederal agency devoted to building audiencesnfor the arts and institutions fornthe arts — but not financing the careersnof artists. So no more politics in thenguise of “art”; no more thousands ofndollars of grants for bottles of urine; nonmore performance art that replacesnShakespeare with chocolate-coverednshriekers; no more hysteria about censorship;nand no more federal subsidiesnto the sectarian left.nThe radicals of the art world getnsizzle: no restrictive language governingnthe content of art supported by taxnmoney. The great center position getsnthe steak: an Endowment that will notnspend federal funds for left-wing propagandanmasquerading as “art.” Thenother side has lost, and lost big.n—Jacob Neusnernbefore been claimed by much of anyonenexcept Walt Disney.nThe world gapes in wonder at thesenrevelations, before which the technologynof space travel and TV dinnersnshrinks (both of these also were probablynAfrican in origin). Meanwhile, African-Americanncivilization continues tonoutpace the bmtish Euros. Last Octobern2 Live Crew won vindication in thencourts for its garbage-box rap lyricsnwhen its white lawyers argued that then