Some very good points, but it seems to me to be a bit one sided. All university systems have annoying, silly and destructive aspects. One could write just as strong and passionate attack on the other tertiary and legal education systems that Allan holds up as better systems (e.g., with respect to the US: the massive tuition; lack of post-tenure scholarship; the nonsense caused by use of the US News/World Report rankings; grid-locked governance, and so on). The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Nonetheless, it would be nice if some of the negative issues he correctly notes were fixed.
By Colin Picker