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Delusional Academic Supremacism

April 27, 2013
Shut up and take the people's money, comrades!

Shut up and take the people’s money, comrades!

  • NOTE: I posted the following as a Facebook note. It is a short remark on this highly ridiculous op-ed that exposes its scribbler’s delusional academic supremacism or crude sense of superiority just because she’s a product of a government subsidized state university. 

This op-ed exposes the failure of public education in the Philippines. How can a supposedly schooled individual write an article utterly bereft of substance, of reason, and of basic logic? I think the author of this piece merely exposes her parochial mentality and inability to grasp basic concepts.

The utterly crude opinion piece titled “UP Bar None” states:

[T]o be an iskolar ng bayan is both a beauty and a burden. More so than any other university in the country, we are expected to give back. It is not an option, not an afterthought, but a duty we owe our taxpayers, our nation, and ourselves.  For most of us, the idea of accountability to our taxpayers comes in the form of academic excellence. To those who fund our education, who have offset the high price of learning, what better way to pay them back than by returning their investment, with interest?

Really? Oh please, spare us your superficial “give back” cliche, comrades. 

As a ‘social and economic investment’, UP is a collosal multi-billion dollar failure in that it must be regarded as East Germany’s Trabant or Obama’s Solyndra of RP’s public education. For years the country’s taxpayers contributed hundreds of billions to the UP System that has long been controlled by Marxist/Communist/Statist propagandists and school operators.

The state university is nothing but an indoctrination cartel perpetually controlled by Marxist/statist ‘intellectuals’ (like Francisco Nemenzo, Alfredo Pascual, Arsenio Balisacan, among others), and the breeding ground of Communism or Collectivism in the country.

The truth is, this country was saved by business schools (or colleges and universities that focused on business programs and courses) after World War II. It was these business schools that provided the country’s post-WW2 economy with the necessary intellectual capital and supplied the needed business-minded man-power to its fledgling service sectors, banking and manufacturing industries.

While private universities and business schools provided our economy with the required manpower and intellectual capital, UP System supplied our government sector with Marxist/statist politicians and intellectuals whose ‘vampiristic’ (my own term), bloodsucking welfare policies and politics drained the public coffers and established our unsustainable, anti-rights Welfare State.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. I Love and Hate You permalink
    June 16, 2013 3:38

    Wow… Her article is full of generalizations and so is yours.

    • Paul "Pogi" Santos permalink
      June 16, 2013 3:38

      what a fuckef up rebuttal.

  2. Authentic Libertarian permalink
    July 22, 2014 3:38

    Dude,one of the leading B schools that emerged in the aftermath of WW2 was the UP College of Business which produced some of the leading proponents of capitalism in the Philippines- Cesar Virata, Gerry Sicat, Felipe Medalla, Manny Villar etc..

    UP President Alfredo Pascual is not a “Marxist/statist intellectual”- he was one of the key executives at BANCOM – one of the first investment banks in the country . He was also connected with the Asian Development Bank and AIM- hardly “Marxist” institutions if you ask me.

  3. Steve permalink
    May 19, 2016 3:38

    My oldest son graduated from UP a year ago. Applied Physics. Now he’s working for one of the world’s top solar energy firms. I don’t think he’s ever had a communist/socialist impulse in his life, and he certainly wasn’t taught one at school.

    I asked him once about student activism. He said it’s a single-digit percentage of the students, and on the low side of that. “Most of us are just here to get an education” was the quote. You affection for business courses perhaps leads you to overlook the science, engineering, and technical courses that business needs to survive and thrive.

  4. Jester Cahayag permalink
    December 12, 2016 3:38

    I came from one of the private business schools you mentioned, but I know a lot of UP students (Diliman, LB, Visayas, and Mindanao) and most of them are not left-winged activist (One is even a capitalist businesswoman). I don’t think your generalization works.

    UP is home of a large part of our intellectuals (Specially in arts and sciences) and I would say they are not a wasted investment. What you say about the private universities are true, as most of our leaders now came from them, but saying that they are the sole source of our intelligenstia is just wrong. As I said, I know many UP graduates and all of them are progressive people who contributes to the country (Businesswoman, Statistician, Doctors, Auditors, and Lawyers). Funny thing is, I am even more left-winging than them, and I came from a Catholic School.

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