On the political right, we have this penchant for considering colleges and universities as nothing more than liberal/leftist indoctrination camps. While it is true that most colleges and their faculty lean left… So what? Why should we surrender the campuses to the left, and retreat into our own safe space far away from them?
Don’t Go To College?
I don’t understand this mindset of “The left controls education, so we should just run the other direction”.
Maybe it’s because I never went to Berkeley, Santa Cruz, or Oberlin. I went to a middle-of-the-road state school. My university wasn’t super political, and most classes were strictly about learning the material.
Sure, I had a few professors that were insanely liberal. They hated on anything remotely conservative, and sometimes peddled leftism.
But if anything, those professors only strengthened my own convictions.
They also pointed out many logical flaws I previously held. It challenged me to develop my understanding and to explore my political opinions even further.
To be honest, college was probably one of the biggest things that pushed me into nationalism, and the infamous red pill. Without it, I’d probably still be relatively apathetic about politics in general.
Now if we sit around a campfire and you make the claim that Oberlin is a leftist indoctrination camp, I would agree. But does that mean that all colleges are inherently worthless?
And while it’s also true that many (if not most) of college students should not be attending, that doesn’t mean that it is an open and shut case that no one on the right should go to university.
Quite the opposite, those on the right that have a special affinity for academia should be enrolling. We need higher numbers in Academia if we are ever going to make it a fair and balanced place of education once again.
This is not a problem that can be legislated away. We can’t force college professors to abandon their beliefs, nor can we make them impossible to discuss in classrooms.
The only way to return academia to a reliable place for knowledge is to get more conservatives in the ranks of the Ivory Tower. The mindset and proliferation of “Don’t go to college” entails doing the exact opposite.
It seems to me to be nothing more than a defeatist attitude. Such as saying ‘We have already lost the colleges, it is necessary for us to focus our efforts elsewhere‘.
But this is not true.
We still live in a free country. You do not have to be a snowflake afraid of having a professor that is liberal. They cannot send you to re-education camps. They cannot make you fall prey to indoctrination unless you allow it. But these liberties that we have require us to fight for them.
And one of the biggest fights is within academia itself.