Among the scholars of war,

from Allen Ginsberg – Howl on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ginsberg saw the best minds being thrown out of the university while the “scholars of war,” people he would have seen as the worst minds, remained in the universities. Ginsberg believed that universities were responsible for perpetuating warfare by inventing new weapons, supporting conservative ideas about the necessity of military power, and by generally contributing to the capitalist system that he hated. Despite these strong opinions about universities, Ginsberg didn’t dislike all his teachers at Columbia. His favorite course was a seminar taught by the famous literary critic Lionel Trilling.

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