"A more market-oriented system of higher education can do much better than the state-dominated model." This is the central message being advanced in this series of articles, and the Economist is not above routine rhetorical sleight of hand to make the point (consider, for example, the false dichotomy drawn between "techno-utopians" and "cultural conservatives." Or ponder the omission of Canadian statistics in the comparisons between the U.S. system and purportedly "state-dominated" models). That said, and with the requisite grain of salt added, this series (click 'Next Article' at the bottom of the page) is required reading if you value the university system, because it outlines in detail the plan for destroying it, and with it, the idea and intent of a public education. Via elearnspace.