Category Archives: Propaganda

A university degree isn’t necessary

This is something that I’ve thought about for some time: having a university degree isn’t necessary and you shouldn’t need one for a lot of disciplines out there. But the world has become such a place where having one is a prerequisite for a lot of professional-type positions (engineer, lawyer, etc).

I think that the whole idea of a university has completely lost its meaning today. To my understanding, they were once respectable institutions mostly involved in research as well as offering a higher form of education (I’m not going to get into the Christianity base that a lot of Western universities were founded on). These days, at least in the Western world, whilst maintaining the research side of things, they’ve largely become something of a joke.

Before I go on, I’ll state my definition of what a university should be: an institution that is privately owned and whose primary focus is research in the physical sciences, and then other areas if necessary (literature, humanities, etc). Its academics/professors should hold objectivity, truth, facts and reason as their primary virtues and if they identify with a certain political/philosophical ideology, then they shouldn’t make it their aim to ‘recruit’ young students to their ’cause’ (as is the norm today). There wouldn’t be anything inherently wrong in offering courses that teach a certain ideology, just that it shouldn’t be filtered down to every subject and interwoven into the course structure such that you’re being taught things through a certain bias.

From my observations in todays world, I see universities as semi-propaganda machinations (if not fully) where Left-wing dogma is prevalent across the board: from professors, to postgraduate students and to undergraduate students. Sure, I know that not everyone harbours such views, but the point is that enough do to the point where a lot of students end up adopting such views, blindly (and then end up becoming the president of the US). Some degrees/courses have more of this left-wing dogma interwoven in them than others (for example, the likes of philosophy, politics, business as opposed to the physical sciences and engineering, but even they have a lot on climate change and so on). This has been going on for a number of decades now and I’m not going to get into examples of how Western universities are largely left-wing, since it should be obvious to anyone who has had some experience with them; but especially how rabbidly left-wing a lot of the students are.

The other thing is that, way before universities became the norm (so talking about early 1900s and going back), the vast majority of successful, famous people who made their mark on this world did so without the need of a university education (or even a high school one). Some people that come to mind are Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie; the reason why I mention these men is because all of them (I’m pretty sure) dropped out of elementary school and ended up taking on apprenticeships or other forms of work where they learnt what they needed to know that eventually lead to their success. But there are other people in todays world such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (well these two did drop out). Actually here’s a good list of successful people without a university degree. The point is that a lot of these people either taught themselves, were taught by a parent, through a trade, or received all their education up to the high school level and had no further use to be wasting their time sitting in a class room all day.

What strikes me the most though are those people who dropped out of school at the elementary level and continued to educate themselves, or it was their parents that educated them. These days anyone can get a basic education from elementary to high school, but does that mean that people are better off because of it? I would disagree. Going by my experiences in school and looking back to my primary and high school education, I can honestly say that I wasn’t taught a thing (with the exception of maths). And I know that a lot of other students felt the same way, however the difference between me and them was that I wanted to learn, whilst a lot of my peers simply didn’t and I know that a lot of them would actually be worse off today in terms of reading, writing, math, than they were back then. What’s worse is that the form of education we had in high school was full of left-wing propaganda and this is far worse than having no education at all; where you’re being taught not to be objective, but to see the world through a certain bias and you’re unable to think otherwise because you’ve been near  brainwashed, or conditioned, to think in that way.

The other thing about univeristies today are the pointless degrees/majors they offer. Things like business, communications, gender studies, and others. You really don’t need a degree for business since such a discipline is best learnt by working in an actual business, or doing your own research/study to open up one. I won’t get into the likes of ‘communications’ and ‘gender studies’. But an important point that I should make is that these days, even more so, a degree isn’t necessary because of the quick availability of knowledge through the internet, and this is something so useful and advantageous compared to past decades/eras/centuries. You’d expect people to be more educated these days as a result of things like “free education” and the fact that knowledge is so easily attainable via the internet, but I’ve come to realise that the opposite is true. It’s interesting that in past eras where knowledge would have been so hard to come by, compared to todays standards, was taken so seriously and seen as something so sacred that people literally soaked it all up at every opportunity. Now I know that not everyone had the same access in those past times (I’m talking about 19th century to early 1900s), but the point is that knowledge was taken seriously.

I might seem hypocritical since I am currently enrolled in an Electrical Engineering degree, and probably even more so hypocritical since I’m not exactly paying for it (the type of system that exists in Australia is one where you can defer your payments, to have the Commonwealth pay your fees, and you end up paying them back through your tax once you start earning a certain level income), but at the end of the day I still disagree with this type of system (and if the type of system existed where I could afford to pay for it, where taxes were far lower, where there was greater competition amongst private universities and my parents could have had the opportunity to save, then I would gladly pay). I’m only doing a degree because I want to become an Engineer and these days that can only be achieved by getting that piece of paper at the end. The other reason is that growing up in an immigrant family, my parents were always making out university to be the “be all end all” sort of thing, and they grew up in a country where going to university was seen as something so amazing and highly intellectual (communist propaganda). I have nothing against them though for urging me to go to university, even when at one point I stated that I didn’t want to. Plus they came here for a better life, and it would kinda seem like a bit of a ‘waste’ if I weren’t to take advantage of a lot of the opportunities that this country has to offer, compared with the dump that I came from.

There are other points I wanted to discuss, but this has already become rather long so I’ll leave it here.

Left-wing education

I’m writing this post in response to a youtube video I saw yesterday:

I could go into a lengthy rant about the content of the entire video (which left me rather angry), but I won’t. The video is 13 minutes long and if you end up watching it I should warn you that it might leave you feeling well and truly disgusted (depending on your political leanings; for instance if you’re all for political correctness and the likes, you’ll get off on it).

The video talks about how the ‘Frankfurt School‘ came about to ‘divorce’ Marxism with economics and ‘marry’ it with the culture. The concept of ‘critical theory’ thus comes about, which introduces the likes of feminist studies, gender studies, African-American studies, and so on. The speaker in the video mentions how such a concept leads to the deconstruction of classical literature to point out the plight of women. I was immediately reminded of my senior high school years in English and Drama.

At the time (during high school), I didn’t think much of it, nor did I think to question the content that was being taught to us. I accepted it, I thought that my teachers were intelligent, knew what they were on about, I liked how they were teaching us to challenge the media yet what I didn’t realise was that I should have been challenging them. This post really goes back to an entry I had made in my journal/diary-thing last year, where I had this epiphany moment whilst reading the Virtue of Selfishness (by Ayn Rand). I realised that what I was being taught in high school was classic left-wing dogma, from philosophy to politics to everything. Above all, it was all about undermining Western culture.

Every single piece of literature that we read in English and Drama was accompanied by the same question: “How can this be interpreted from a feminist perspective? How were the women positioned in this time?” Or in Drama, we also had: “How can this be viewed from a Marxist approach?” At the end of the book or term, there’d be the usual discussion (along with an essay) of how badly women have been mistreated in the Western world (I’m not denying this, and their plight isn’t the theme of this post), how there has always existed a “class structure” of sorts, how there has come about so many awful things as a result of Western culture. That’s right, the West is fully to blame for *everything* that has gone wrong; lets disregard the fact that other regions in the world oppressed certain groups of people and continue to do so today.

What I hate most about this type of education is that from one side, we were being taught to challenge the media and not be swayed by it, yet from this other side we were being taught to accept certain things as fact; that Western culture is detrimental. All these teachers (most who were females in the English department) were so eager to teach us about the oppression of certain groups throughout the ages, about the various class struggles and how we could apply all of that to any form of literature, yet avoiding an important question: “what positive influence will this have on a young mind?” And then they all wonder why suicide is so common amongst teenagers? Why so many teenagers turn to drugs, alcohol and anything else that will let them escape this reality. Did it ever occur to them that it might have been better to teach us things that we could actually use in our damn lives? How to make the most of your life? How to judge people not by their appearance, but their character? What I’m getting at is that we were never taught, never given a reason for wanting the best out of our lives and that’s why so many young people don’t want the best out of their lives. Instead, their goal was to supplant these notions of “bad Western culture” and how the world is becoming “Americanised”, because you know, we’re all gonna get very far when we hold those two as absolute truths.

It’s funny though, they were all about teaching us how to think for ourselves, how to be critical of everything, but that’s just it, these education systems don’t want you to be thinking for yourself, they don’t want genuine, independent thinking. The only type of thinking they want is one that falls in line with their mode of philosophy, with their theme of left-wing dogma, and incorporating “cultural marxism” into it all does that perfectly. The result is obvious around us: there’s this type of mind-set in the Western world, that if you’re white, you’re expected to feel a sense of guilt because of what happened in the past, and the same applies if you’re a male. You can see it just about everywhere, how certain groups of people have a sense of entitlement because it just so happens that they were born as a gender/race/whatever that was mistreated in the past. It’s even been put into legislation in Australia, where if you’re of Aboriginal descent, you get preference for university admissions, government jobs and even in the private sector. I think the term for such a policy is “affirmative action” and as far as I know it’s pretty common in countries such as the US, Australia and other similar states.

What’s funny is that everyone makes fun of communist states because of the propaganda that the government feeds to the masses, yet what is it that we’re being fed in the West? It’s just done on a more subtle level and you don’t even notice it. That’s the scary part; how easy it is to allow such ideas to creep into your mind and once they take hold, they slowly eat away at your soul. That’s what the Left stands for at it’s core, whether or not it’s loudest proponents realise it, that’s what it comes down to. You’re fooled to believe that you really do have the power to challenge notions, the media, to be an individual, but really what they’re doing is conditioning you to comply with an unseen authority or force – the whole left wing philosophy that no matter what, the government knows what’s best and above all society knows what’s best, and since society is made up of a mass of left wing people, what you end up supporting is obvious. I’m glad I’ve come to realise all of this. That video was just a painful reminder of what a waste high school was.