It is a day to talk about stupidity and how it usually catches up with you if you are in a big public position.
First, it is the heads of Ivy League colleges who have in many cases allowed their schools to subvert what I consider to be the goal of colleges–liberal education, the right to doubt, ask questions, create new ideas.
Sadly, particularly at our supposed elite schools, dissenting from the prevailing left-wing, fake liberal point of view is frowned upon and often receives ostracism and expulsion from the “club.”
When I went to college it was a place to try out ideas. I could be a socialist one day and an ardent capitalist the next. It was generally accepted.
The shunning of academics and writers who suggested that COVID-19 might possibly have escaped from the Wuhan Lab in China was so universal that merely posing the possibility jeopardized an academic’s career.
The blind following of the Black Lives Matter organization, which proved to be a money-making scheme for its promoters, should have taught us again that doubt is a virtue.
The passiveness of the heads of major universities like Harvard is beginning to come home to roost. After Harvard made virtually no response to 31 campus organizations applauding the massacre of 1300 Israelis on October 7, several large donors have indicated they will no longer support the University, including the Wexler Foundation and Ken Griffin of Citadel.
Let us now talk about a little more folly. Now we are discussing money again and stupidity.
The big old American car companies are in the midst of a strike. But on top of that, they are dealing with the case of the pickup truck that nobody will buy.
Somehow, Ford, GM, and Stellantis convinced themselves that the electric pickup would be their salvation.
That loudmouth Elon Musk character was just lucky enough that foolish stock buyers made Tesla more valuable than all of their companies combined, and Tesla didn’t get unionized either.
But they were going to catch up, build their own lithium batteries, pay for it by selling millions of small electric pickups the size of the Ford F-150.
Well, Ford and GM did it. They built a compact electric truck and put it out before Tesla’s Cybertruck (which still has not been released). They took 150,000 pre-orders and then told the dealers to let them catch up a little with production.
Ford finally released the vehicle this year for over $50,000 a pop. Bill Ford and Bill Farley took their bows.
And then the reviews started to appear. Of course, the PR flacks loved it.
But then, the underground press and the internet comments began: “300 miles on a charge is inefficient if I’m driving it in the backroads to go hunting.”
“What about winter? You’ll be lucky to get 150 miles in Detroit and Cleveland.”
“The load capacity is inadequate for my needs, especially in the cold.”
After people picked up a few pre-orders, they flat-out stopped buying.
Musk kept screaming at his engineers to build a better truck, but even Tesla could not do it.
The F-150 Ford pickup is a surfer’s vehicle. Ford had planned to sell 150,000-200,000 the first year. They are now on target to sell 36,000. They stopped production, and their dealers are stuffed with them.
Did anybody ever ask about load capacity in the winter with a lithium ion battery?
Can they fire Bill Ford in the middle of a UAW strike? And his Detroit Lions are 5-1?
I think a few elite colleges would make him a professor if he would give them a lot of money.
Question: What stupidity makes you crazy?