The purpose of a college education, Joe Sobran opined, is to give you the correct view of minorities, and the means to live as far away from them as possible. Today, of course, you don’t get the means to move anywhere – you just get the debt that forces you to move back in with your parents.
Prior generations of students were at least expected to retain a kind of intellectual elitist liberalism – think of Robert F. Kennedy reciting Greek poetry to a black audience when Martin Luther King was assassinated. Today’s students can’t read The Great Gatsby without a “trigger warning.” While White, blue collar America fights the Empire’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the nation’s future leaders are thrown into hysterics at the thought of cracking open Huckleberry Finn. The educational experience in the liberal arts at many universities is essentially absent.
This is a feature, not a bug. The rise of the Managerial Class and the mass access to higher education created by government funding changed the purpose of the university. Instead of a place of learning for the traditional aristocracy, higher education is a certification process for white collar jobs. Just as union membership was once required for certain blue collar jobs, a university degree granted permission to work in an office. And as the Managerial Class consolidates its grip and hardens its ideology, a university is also an indicator that the individual has received the approved ideological training and can be trusted to participate in the anti-White regime.
This is now becoming increasing formalized. At Harvard University, students at the Kennedy School of Government, including minorities who gained admission though affirmative action, are advocating mandatory training in “privilege” for all students. There are conflicting reports on whether the school has acquiesced to the demand. At Princeton, a Jewish student’s mild critique of “white privilege” (and defense of Jewish privilege) has led to the usual girlish shrieking by the social justice warriors. There is no theoretical limit to the amount of ideological training (or manipulative government policies) enabled by “privilege theory”, and universities will simply be a factory for churning out commissars and ideologically approved worker bees.
The problem of course is that the Parasitic Class has a natural limit in economic terms. Fewer and fewer of these college graduates can actually produce anything. Again, Sobran – “In 100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to teaching Remedial English in college.”
What’s worse, the one thing these graduates do know how to do is complain about their oppression, file lawsuits, and generally cripple the country unfortunate enough to have to deal with them. The mentally handicapped student “Noah” who is “going to college” will contribute more than the typical illegal immigrant “DREAMER” who will be allowed to stay in the country because he can pull a C average in “Chicano/a Studies.” At least Noah won’t file a discrimination lawsuit if he gets a job as a Wal-Mart greeter. Far from being an advantage, the “best” liberal arts programs in the country are actually a crippling weakness for the United States, because all they do is turn out people who will be employed in making the country worse.
To use just one example, take the “can’t make it up” example from Towson University, where particularly vibrant specimens of multiculturalism were awarded a national championship in debate precisely because they refused to obey the rules and instead ululated about racism. Even more hilarious are the White reporters who coo over this development as if it is a great triumph. If only one of their opponents had simply read a paragraph or two from Rushton, Murray, or Wade and then dropped the mic and walked away, the nation (which is to say, the European-Americans who keep this country limping along) would have cheered.
But this will not happen. Reform will not come from the universities themselves or certainly from students. While conservative groups occasionally talk about “taking back the universities,” the Beltway Right flails about trying to get college students to “celebrate Ronald Reagan’s birthday.” The smarter groups simply run race-baiting websites that draw hits and donations, while funding harmless and pointless activities about tax cuts or the federal debt. And as for the campus libertarians, they will make it a point to condemn “fusionism” and refuse to ally with right wingers on the “wrong side of history” – to the utter indifference of the “conservative” gatekeepers who wail and gnash their teeth about the presence of a Peter Brimelow at CPAC.
Nor will conservative donors save the day by pulling funds from the schools. Progressives never went broke underestimating the stupidity, short-sightedness, and reactionary delusions of paleo-Americans. While leftist donors fund a relentless legal and activist assault on White America, “right-wing” millionaires either fund football teams, open borders activism, or sophomoric study programs on the thought of Ayn Rand.
Yet in spite all of this, the Education Bubble will eventually pop. College has only one practical use, other than just networking. It’s not what you learn at an Ivy League school that means anything – it is gaining admission and showing that you were smart enough to graduate. Higher education is simply an extremely expensive and inefficient IQ test. And as colleges are forced to put classes online and alternative education systems like Khan Academy grow in popularity, savvy donors may begin to wonder why they should blow millions of dollars in donations so “Professor” Cornel West can record a rap album and ham it up in crappy Matrix sequels, or so illiterate charlatans can enjoy a new “Ethnic Studies” department. They might start looking for alternatives.
Many of the leading figures of the tech revolution – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Wozniak, Michael Dell, and others are college dropouts. Peter Thiel offers a program that actually pays students to leave college in order to start their own businesses. What the emerging economy values is less “the college experience” than raw intellectual power. As Bill Gates says, Microsoft’s biggest competitor is not another tech company, but Goldman Sachs, because they are both competing for the best human capital (at least in terms of intelligence).
An alternative method of education already exists online. What is needed is a new method of credentialing employees – be it through a universal IQ test, the creation of “technical schools” for white collar jobs, or even using college admissions themselves as proof of qualification, rather than an actual diploma in diversity studies one receives after four years and six figures.
The Left sees this as a threat, hence the increasing volume of effeminate whining about Silicon Valley’s “disturbing bro-culture” or even subversive (Dark Enlightenment) ideas. This is also why the media is increasing efforts to put more members of the Parasitic Class into the offices and boardrooms of companies such as Twitter and Facebook. In San Francisco, this has already led to a kind of intra-Left civil war, as the eco-friendly and SWPL tech employees find themselves targeted by white anarchists and Hispanic immigrants demanding handouts.
Unfortunately for them, the tech industry is not like the media or academia. In a global marketplace that prioritizes intelligence and efficiency, even a titan like Google can only tolerate so many pet “debate champions” (a new euphemism for the Sons of Obama) before its top talent flees to another competitor, even overseas. Unlike universities or propaganda mills, the tech industry needs people who offer something to the company besides high estrogen, high melanin, and low IQ, or some combination thereof. The tech industry (as shown by its championing of amnesty) doesn’t care about the country – but its very sociopathy enables it to ignore the faux egalitarianism of the subsidized servants of academia.
American higher education is an active liability for the country. It won’t be long before the degrees they award will be liabilities as well. A college degree will symbolize that the gradate is either a coward at best or a litigious, whining incompetent at worst. Conservatives need to stop considering it an accomplishment if more people “go to college.” The objective should not be to save the universities from themselves. It should be to pop the Education Bubble, create serious alternatives for productive Americans, and starve the Parasitic Class and their training camps of the resources they need to survive.
Revolutions occur when the political system prevents the most talented people in a society from reaching the status that they feel entitled to. American culture increasingly resembles one particularly large university, with all the waste, incompetence, and stupidity which that entails. The authentic American Right will have an opportunity when the talented and productive members of society take a hard look at the cesspool of diversity higher education has become, and decide they can do better with an alternative.