The Parasitical Illusion of Our Young Scholars
- NOTE: A blog commenter wrote the following in defense of public education system:
EDUKASYON! HINDI KOMERSALISASYON! (Education, not commercialization). Not all smart and intelligent Filipinos can afford to go to college. Maraming matatalino na hindi nakakapagpatuloy ng kanilang pag-aaral dahil hindi sapat ang kanilang kinikitang pera o kinikitang pera ng mga magulang nila upang matustusan ang kanilang pag-aaral. Dito pumapasok ngayon yung role na dapat gampanan ng estado—bigyan ng pantay na oportunidad ang mga maralita na ma-avail ang quality education (dahil nga sa naniniwala tayo na ang edukasyon ay isa sa mga bagay na makakatulong sa pag-unlad ng estado ng buhay ng isang tao). That’s why there are State Universities in the country to make quality education accessible to those financially unstable citizens na matatalino naman. Pero dahil nga sa hindi sapat ang pondo na binibigay ng gobyerno para sa edukasyon tumataas ngayon ang mga tuition fee ng mga State U. (for ex. sa UP may 300% increase sa matrikula) Hindi na ngayon nagiging abot kamay o accessible para sa mga mahihirap yung magandang kalidad ng edukasyon.”
A good example of this, eh yung na experience o nasaksihan ko 4yrs ago.
Freshman pa lang ako sa UP nun, during enrollment may nakilala/nakausap na nanay ng freshy din ang ate ko. Nasa gilid lang ng registrar yung ale, nka-upo, teary-eyed at mukhang problemado. Galing pa raw sila ng Surigao ng anak nya. Magsasaka lang sila kaya tuwang-tuwa daw sila nung nalaman nilang pumasa sa UPCAT yung anak nila. Kala nila UP na ang sagot sa kahirapan nila. Pero nwalan sila ng pag-asa ng pumunta na sila sa UP upang magpa-enroll. Hindi raw sapat ang perang pambayad nila sa matrikula.P10,000 pesos lang ang dalang pera nila (samantalang lampas 10,00 ang tuition fee sa UP) na inutang pa nila sa 5’6. Tapos yung pera na yun kinunan pa nila ng panggastos sa pamasahe, pagkain at matutuluyan.
Iyak lang ng iyak yung nanay habang nag kukwento sa ate ko. Akala daw nila mura sa UP kasi nga State U. Di nila akalaing mag-ina na ganun kalaki paring pera ang kailangan nila pra makapasok sa unibersidad. Sabi ng nanay uuwi nalang daw sila. Sa Surigao na lang daw niya papag-aralin ang anak kahit mas gusto nito sa UP.
Dun ko napag-isip-isip ang kakulangan ng suporta ng gobyerno sa mga Pilipinong tulad nila–kahit sa edukasyon man lang. Pa’no uunlad ang bansa kung hindi mabibigyan ang lahat ng pagkakataong makapag-aral at makapagtapos sa isang maganda at mahusay na unibersidad? Bakit walang sapat na pondo sa edukasyon ngunit merong milyon-milyon para sa mga walang kabuluhang mga projects at abroad trips?Kung bakit tanging ang mga may kaya sa buhay lamang ang may oportunidad na magkaroon ng magandang edukasyon? Kaya kung mapapansin natin, hindi na mga mahihirap ang nakakapag-aral sa mga State U, lalong-lalo na sa UP, mga mayayaman na –de kotse, yung iba subaru pa.
Kapag ginawang independent private institution na ang mga State U mas marami pang maralita ang hindi makakapag-aral. Mas marami pang taga probinsya ang mananatili sa probinsya upang magsaka na lamang imbis na mag-aral sa isang magandang unibersidad gaya ng UP.
Ang gusto lang naman ng mga isko at iska ay bigyan ng halaga ng gobyerno ang estado ng edukasyon sa bansa. Mas malabong umunlad ang Pilipinas kung maraming hindi nakapag tapos ng pag-aaral. Ang edukasyon ay isang karapatan. Hindi ito isang prebiliheyo. Obligasyon ng estado na tustusan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga kinasasakupan nito at proteksyonan ang kanilang mga karapatan.
Here’s my reply:
It would have been so great if the state or the government really had the magical power to create wealth out of nothing. In fact, this statist fantasy—the creation of wealth out of thin air— is the dream of the century. Yes, it’s true that not everybody in this country has the financial capacity to send himself to a private school. But if the government were to guarantee the education of every Juan, Pedro and Petra in this country, where would it get the money to make this statist pipe dream possible? The government has guaranteed a lot of things. We have this outrageous notion in this country that every Juan, Pedro and Pedra doesn’t merely have the right to education, but to transport, health care, pension, and every welfare program the people deem as a necessity as well. The sole justification of the education “rightists” is the puerile fantasy- or a mediocre lie – that education is a necessity so the government must see to it that the poor or the less privileged have access to quality education. However, this collectivist insanity is against both political and economic realities. Politically, the only role of the government is to protect individual rights. Economically, the government’s only proper role is to leave us alone. What the people don’t realize is that every demand we ask from the government means the expansion of its powers and authority over our individual freedom and inalienable rights.
The following are the reasons why welfare statism (or the idea that the state must provide or guarantee people’s welfare) is evil and must be rejected:
- Welfare statism or more people’s demands will expand the power and authority of the government. It means that the government has the power to take away almost everything we value in life, such as a portion of our earnings in the form of taxes, our future, our freedom, and our individuality. Every people’s demand or collectivist expression has its consequences.
- More public demands (for example more education subsidy) will justify government’s interference with economic affairs, as well as the imposition of more taxes and more intrusive economic policies. Why do you think the government kept on raising our tax rates? Why do you think the government imposed E-Vat? Why do you you think the government proposed the imposition of “sin taxes”? Why do you think the government borrowed trillions of pesos from foreign creditors? The only answer is because of too much welfare statism in this country. We have this sickening social orthodoxy in our self-sacrificing society that the state must be the provider of people’s needs. The state acts like a benevolent “god” that provides the needs of its creation. But again, the state has no magical or god-like power to turn a stone into gold. The state is not a productive entity. In fact, it’s the most dependent entity on earth.
- Welfare statism means redistribution of wealth. As I stated above, since the government is not a productive agency, it has to rely on the ability of the people to create wealth and then redistribute this wealth to the less privileged, to the inept, to the weak, to the lazy, to the less fortunate. But more public demands mean more wealth to be redistributed and more taxes to be looted or confiscated from those who work and produce. This is an economic reality. We cannot have our cake and eat it, too.
- Welfare statism leads to excessive government intervention. Since we have this notion that the state is the sole provider of people’s needs, it also follows that the government must regulate and interfere with business or economic affairs. Today, the government imposes 32 percent corporate tax on businesses and companies, which discourages both local and foreign businesses to invest in the Philippines. Our government has to maintain this tax rate in order to also maintain its welfare statism and to pay for its rising public bills. However, lack of investment means poor economy owing to high tax rates, heavy regulations, and anti-business economic policies. This scenario inevitably leads to inflation and high prices of commodities. As such, the government would be compelled to issue price control directives or executive orders in order to protect the poor or the public, a situation that negatively affects the business environment. Price control policies are a non-objective, unjust legal mechanism that turns businessmen into criminals. It is based on the notion that the socialist government is the source of wealth and not the businesses, and that it must serve the “common good” against the interest of a few productive people without whom no one would have survived.
- Welfare statism inevitably leads to economic or national bankruptcy. This is what we are today. We are economically bankrupt because of too much welfare statism, which is a product of our intellectual bankruptcy as a nation. There are only four sources of government financing: 1) taxes, 2) paper money, and 3) domestic or foreign creditors, and 4) donations. The Philippine government imposes 32 percent individual and corporate income taxes with exceptions (those who earn less than P120,000 a year). This means that it is only the productive people who get to be immolated or sacrificed by the state for the sake of common good or greater good. This means that about one-fourth of what we earn a year must go to the government for wealth redistribution. Yet we see many people who complain about the amount of their monthly taxes. But the government cannot keep on increasing our taxes so to prevent possible public tension that might lead to internal conflict or civil war. The solution then is to borrow money from foreign sources at a very HIGH interest rates. Currently the Philippine government incurred more than P4 trillion national debt, and the fact remains that we can hardly pay its interest. Yes, we are heavily indebted because of corruption and welfare statism. This is an undeniable fact. Now, we also rely on official development assistant fund or ODA and other foreign donations. But these foreign aids or donations came from the taxpayers of donor countries. The rich or developed countries are not supposed to spend the money of their taxpayers outside their borders.
- Welfare inevitably statism leads to dictatorship. The more we ask, the more the government is justified to take away our freedom. Look at some countries that put its entire people on welfare. Look at Cuba and Venezuela, for example. Individual freedom in these countries is nonexistent. The individual must not criticize the will or the power of the state since the latter provides collective good. But some of you might say, “we only want higher subsidy and proper budget allocation.” But this kind of mentality means we have to perpetuate this mediocre system until one day we all wake in a state of tyranny or dictatorship. Our very own dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, guaranteed people’s rights to education, transport and welfare. Every dictator on earth guarantees people’s right to welfare. Just listen to the speeches of Imelda and you’d see the mark of an altruist. Just listen to the public speeches of well-known dictators like Benito Mossulini, Adolf Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung to better understand how they amazingly glorified the tyranny of “common good” and “public welfare”. That’s how dictators conned people in the past century. They speak of the welfare of the poor and of the so-called evil of capitalism. Both Fascism and Socialism are enemies of Free-Market Capitalism. Any form of dictatorship won’t exist in a free-market economy.
Yes, you passionately defend your right to education and shamelessly brand those who go against your evil moral code as anti-poor or elitist. But in truth and in reality, it is the strong defenders of this fiat “right to education” and other public welfare who are anti-poor, anti-freedom, and anti-individualism. Collectively, they are anti-reason.
I’m against this ‘fiat’ right for the simple reason that it negates reality and rejects reason. What we need is ‘freedom in education’ under a free-market economy. Public education is the worse form of indoctrination, as it destroys the individuality of the youth in this country. The purpose of public education is to turn individuals into a standardized citizenry ready to accept mediocre social norms and dogma. Our educational system is intellectually bankrupt. It is impotent, and this impotence makes it unable to save our young people from the persuasion of evil ideas or ideologies like Marxism, do-goodism, fascism, or any form of statism or collectivism. This is why we have state colleges and universities that turn as many individuals as possible against the state owing to the solid infiltration of the Left. We have a self-defeating public education system. Indeed, our public education is like an impotent organ that is unable to protect the body against—or even help the spread of— unwanted, evil viruses. This is how we, the taxpayers, support our own destroyers.
I’m also very much sure most of you defend the continued subsidy of our mass transit systems. Most of you have been condemning the government’s plan to cut state subsidy on MRT and LRT and to privatize our mass transit systems altogether. Can’t you see some sort of parallelism here? The government, through our benevolent taxpayers, spends P40 to P45 pesos (almost a dollar) on every LRT/MRT passenger a day. It was reported that there are 500,000 daily transit commuters. This means that the state spends aroundP20 million per day for the transportation for these half a million commuters. What’s so alarming is that this figure represents less than one percent of our entire population. The same principle and computation applies to public education. How many tertiary public school students do we have today and how many people in these parts subsidize the education of these so-called “iskolar ng bayan”?
Yes, you don’t want to give up state subsidy on our mass transit systems. You also resent the idea of privatization of public universities. Yet it seems that you forget the fact that proper allocation is impossible since the government has this statist-altruistic commitment to serve every sector of our society. Some of you even made a daring and dangerous suggestion that our defense budget be cut so to focus more on the public education sector. I say that this kind of mediocre suggestion is unthinkable considering the fact that our military is at war on various fronts. The MILF recently boasted about its strong military and its 60,000 firearms. The Moro separatists’ message was made during their holy Ramadan, which suggests that their separatist struggle represents Islamic Jihad against the entire Philippines. We are also at war against the Maoist rebels and the Abu Sayyaf bandits. Now if you insist on taking on our defense system, then I must say: FUCK OFF, PARASITES!