There has been a rekindling of debate about education in right-wing circles recently. This is not a new topic of conversation, but I have grown increasingly impatient with some of the misconceptions and straw maning that’s being done, which has compelled me to write this article. The dissident right in its modern form is in principle a youth movement, which makes the question of what path to pursue within it very relevant to many of us and our readers. The first side of the argument is the pro-college one, who argue that intelligent right-wingers should attend college to expand their knowledge, but mostly argue it as a means of infiltrating the elite, who they claim are key to any successful political takeover.

The opposite view (which I and most of our writers subscribe to) is very much against attending university. The reasoning for this is that this system provides almost no actual education outside of a handful of fields, it isn’t likely to earn you actual ‘elite’ status in anyway, and that the life path offered by college is generally a risky one for any true revolutionary. There is a smaller third side to this, which argues for a parallel system.

Like many other things, the most simple answer to this is that you cannot influence this system from within. The “long march through the institutions” conceptualized as a grass-roots movement is a total farce. These liberal and communist ideas were funded by billionaires, NGOs, and the government itself in many cases. You will not be able to convert the existing academic apparatus, and by extension, you will not infiltrate the wider system overall. The other element of this is that these institutions are increasingly losing respect among the right and the wider populace as a whole.

This is where the “parallel society” comes in, as that alternative solution is simply pursuing non-college options rather than taking over or making our own. Any topic learned in university can be self-taught on the internet at the bachelor’s level. The other element of this is that any sort of system which is large and public while existing ‘outside the system’ will come under immediate assault, which isn’t cohesive to something like post-secondary education.

One thing which needs to be addressed is that we are not anti-intellectual. This article is not intended to push people to not educate themselves or go for decent-paying jobs. Anti-intellectualism is a plague on this side of the movement, and being a “soldier boy” who only worries about prepping for the race war will not get us anywhere politically, nor will it provide any stimulating discussion. The ideal for our movement is the “cultured thug” who understands how things work while also being able to influence them.

Our generalized stance is that someone looking to set their path in life should pursue trade school or other non-university post-secondary training. The common strawman given by the opposition is that we are encouraging the right to become service worker slaves, but the assumption here is that somebody has the resources and time to attend college in the first place, so an alternative to that which would take less money and time is possible for that individual. The simple fact is that college takes away four important years of your youth for what is essentially an adolescent sleepaway camp. There was a time when academia had immense value and provided a great education, but your average state university today is merely a degree mill, which will give you a very surface-level understanding of the subject you study.

You get to interact with people your age almost exclusively, which is great, but this is a significant amount of time and energy invested in something which ultimately will not improve you, and the opportunities most degrees offer are growing more and more limited as time goes on. Colleges are increasingly lowering their standards and stacking the odds against young white men, and, additionally, they are still getting more leftist by the year. They have become compliance camps rather than places of higher learning.

As a revolutionary, the opportunities provided by a university degree are not great. You may get an office job, and that office job may or may not pay that well, but it limits you to a very high extent. Look at the vaccine, for example. The people who ended up being forced to get it at the risk of losing their careers were the white-collar workers who had no alternative. Meanwhile, a self-employed or contracting tradesman had no such issue. This is a microcosm of this situation. When you enter these fields, you are increasingly vulnerable to a dox or any exposure of your beliefs, as one major hit to your credibility could result in blacklisting or the loss of an important reference, which could end up with you on the street.

This is only going to become a more pressing issue as the system becomes more centralized and more draconian in its laws. Vaccines today, microchips tomorrow. You won’t be able to actually take action or influence the system, as you will be too worried about the possible repercussions. If we see continued declines in the economy, many of these office jobs, which generally have no practical value compared to a trade, will be eliminated. People need carpenters and electricians, but a cloud engineer is a superfluous job that will be one of the first to go in the event of a major depression or war. While everyone will suffer, there is a clear difference in how a rural welder with a practical skill and access to food and energy is compared to someone reliant on the various complex infrastructures that are required to maintain a city and technical jobs. Think about what jobs require you to live in a major city, and how those places will fair if there is geopolitical turbulence.

There is also the notion of needing an “elite” for any revolution. This is an arguable point, but the problem is that going to college does not make you a member of the elite. The people who run this hellscape we call home did not come from a rags to riches environment, but are almost universally born into wealth. Being a middle-management businessman is not “elite”. Being a doctor is not “elite”. Most lawyers are not “elite”. Going to college will not result in your being a leader of the Trilateral Commission or a member of the board of directors of Deutsche Bank.

These people are born into their positions and also don’t tend to come from Ohio State University. While college graduates may earn more on average, earning $100,000 per year does not qualify you for the elite, and these positions have the issues listed in the preceding paragraph. Regarding local politics, if you wish to gain influence in your community, you’re better off getting directly involved in that community and networking rather than attending university for some administration degree. Having a job in your community that involves getting to know people and being involved in local events does far more.

There are some degrees which can be worth getting. If you’re a savant at electrical engineering, it is obviously a good idea to pursue that. If you’re a savant at political science, then it’s likely not worth your time to take another four years of high-school level classes on that subject given the limited career opportunities. If you are passionate about political philosophy, you can spend a few hundred dollars on books rather than thousands on paying a jew to teach you corrupt versions of that.

In conclusion, the intent of this article is not to be black-pilled about college but reality-pilled. College is a waste of time and will not make right-wingers members of the first estate. You will only waste money and time, and put yourself in an economically vulnerable position. Academia is not a path forward for our movement and, in the current system, will never be.