Universal university education for all

University education is a human right. No one should ever be denied entry. If someone wishes a university education, they should just be allowed to show up, choose their courses and come to class. The university should provide that education with no questions asked. And if they pass their exams, they should be given their degrees. [Let me note for further emphasis that even if they don’t pass their exams, they should be given their degree(s)].

I will just add, since I often do feel I am dealing with fantastically stupid people when I discuss the idiocy of open borders, that this is meant as a bit of satire, just a joke. I don’t really mean it. But Andrew Sullivan does mean it [via Instapundit]:

Take the tragic tale of Oscar Ramirez and his young daughter Valeria, the father and daughter captured in death in that heartbreaking photograph. Ramirez’s widow explained to the Washington Post why her husband wanted to move to America: He wanted “a better future for their girl.” This is an admirable goal, but it is classic economic immigration, and it would appear, based on what we know, that it has absolutely nothing to do with asylum. Here again is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services definition: “Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”

But somehow the courts have decided that you qualify for asylum if there is simply widespread crime or violence where you live, and Ramirez was also going to use that argument as well. A government need not persecute you; you just have to experience an unsafe environment that your government is failing to suppress. This so expands the idea of asylum, in my view, as to render it meaningless.

Courts have also expanded asylum to include domestic violence, determining that women in abusive relationships are a “particular social group” and thereby qualify. In other words, every woman on the planet who has experienced domestic abuse can now come to America and claim asylum. Also everyone on the planet who doesn’t live in a stable, orderly, low-crime society. Literally billions of human beings now have the right to asylum in America. . . .

This is in a new century when the U.S. is trying to absorb the largest wave of new immigrants in our entire history, and when the percentage of the population that is foreign-born is also near a historic peak. It is also a time when mass immigration from the developing world has destabilized liberal democracies across the West, is bringing illiberal, anti-immigration regimes to power across Europe, and was the single biggest reason why Donald Trump is president.

I’m told that, as a legal immigrant, I’m shutting the door behind me now that I’ve finally made it to citizenship. I’m not. I favor solid continuing legal immigration, but also a reduction in numbers and a new focus on skills in an economy where unskilled labor is increasingly a path to nowhere. It is not strange that legal immigrants — who have often spent years and thousands of dollars to play by the rules — might be opposed to others’ jumping the line. It is not strange that a hefty proportion of Latino legal immigrants oppose illegal immigration — they are often the most directly affected by new, illegal competition, which drives down their wages. . . .

When I’m told only white racists favor restrictionism, I note how the Mexican people are more opposed to illegal immigration than Americans: In a new poll, 61.5 percent of Mexicans oppose the entry of undocumented migrants, period; 44 percent believe that Mexico should remove any undocumented alien immediately. Are Mexicans now white supremacists too? That hostility to illegal immigration may even explain why Trump’s threat to put tariffs on Mexico if it didn’t crack down may well have worked. Since Trump’s bluster, the numbers have measurably declined — and the crackdown is popular in Mexico. I can also note that most countries outside Western Europe have strict immigration control and feel no need to apologize for it. Are the Japanese and Chinese “white supremacists”? Please. Do they want to sustain their own culture and national identity? Sure. Is that now the equivalent of the KKK?

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19 Responses to Universal university education for all

  1. wal1957

    I almost stopped reading in disgust after the first paragraph!!!
    You had me going there!!! haha

  2. nb

    I appreciate the call for controlled , merit-based, immigration.
    However, I am split on whether counter arguments, as presented in this article, are of much use.
    On the one hand I guess there are people who really do want open borders for humanitarian reasons, and their arguments (or aggression) need to be answered.
    On the other hand, the real reasons for open borders are:
    1) Trump wants controlled borders, and anything Trump wants must be opposed;
    2) there are left-wing votes in the illegal immigrant population;
    3) uncontrolled immigration is a way to fundamentally change the character of the USA.
    Terms of abuse such as ‘racist’ are merely a fake moral smokescreen for leftists concerned only with acquiring power, leading to the enforcement of socialism/communism.

  3. Sinclair Davidson

    So if people do pass the exams they shouldn’t get the qualification?

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Also everyone on the planet who doesn’t live in a stable, orderly, low-crime society. Literally billions of human beings now have the right to asylum in America. . . .

    So…because every other country is worse off than the USA their inhabitants can claim refugee status in the USA?

    Lefties are nuts.

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    The idea of giving the degree to people who dont pass examinations would work well i the medical and engineering faculties wouldnt it ?
    The gangrenes want to reuce the population of the earth ,that would be a good start .

  6. The misdeveloped world needs an influx of old white male supremecists to show them how to improve their lot. A few thousand of out failed has-beens would even deliver an improvement.

  7. Jannie

    University education is a human right, all people should be given degrees regardless of intellectual orientation.

  8. billie

    everyone should get a degree a PhD and a title, if they so wish, archduke, doktor, professor (I would be offended if anyone didn’t like my adoption of many titles, thus making myself a victim .. tis the way of the world)

    didn’t you used to be able to mailorder a doctorate or degree?

    now there’s a scam that had a place in this world

  9. bespoke

    Sinclair Davidson
    #3067210, posted on June 30, 2019 at 10:47 pm
    So if people do pass the exams they shouldn’t get the qualification?

    In what?

  10. Herodotus

    Importing more Democrat voters will hasten the destruction of the USA.

  11. Rob

    Lifted from Instapundit “The problem with capitalism is that it makes societies rich enough to indulge really stupid ideas”. Good enough to be a standing quote.

  12. Rafe Champion

    A few decades ago Jacques Barzun suggested that the PhD system had got so screwed up (so many useless doctoral theses turned into trashy books for tenure purposes) that every US citizen should be granted a PhD as a birthright and the higher education system should be re-considered for greenfield reconstruction from first principles. (tongue in cheek).

  13. Mark A

    #3067240, posted on July 1, 2019 at 1:04 am

    didn’t you used to be able to mailorder a doctorate or degree?

    Universities killed that scam stone dead.
    Cheaper, faster, easier.

  14. Up The Workers!

    No names; No pack-drill, but I know of a certain former Prime Spin-ster who bought herself two brand spanking new Plastic Post-Nominals (her old one was irreparably tarnished) with $100 Million worth of hard-earned taxpayers’ cash she placed a 5-fingered deposit on, as she (with a strong feeling of deja vu) went flying out the back door of the House of Reprehensibles with the imprint of her own Party colleagues’ Caucus boot still fresh on her ample posterior.

    A well-greased palm can not only buy an oily politician – it can supply dodgy plastic post-nominals for them as well.

  15. max

    Australian problem go back to The Constitution of Australia, American same.

  16. nfw

    I’m glad you sorted out the not passing exams and still being awarded a degree situation. A PhD friend of mine is a lecturer (would be a professor in the US of A!) in accounting and one day I thought she told me she had to have a pass-mark of 85%, which I thought was a bit odd being accounting and all which is supposed to be pretty digital, ie right/wrong. Having said that I have come across many in business and gummint who don’t seem to think that applies. Anyway, she told me “no”, she had to pass at least 85% of the class come hell or high water; and as a majority of the class were overseas Chinese they had an expectation of passing regardless, especially as all the local students did most of the group work to ensure the foreigners pretended to work. If they didn’t pass, which it seems most didn’t deserve to, then they wouldn’t come back and the word would get out about how hard that university was and therefore no other foreign (read Chinese) students would apply. It’s all about the fees, bums on seats (theoretically in many cases) and business models and plans rather than education; administrators have to have high paying jobs too! By the way, accounting et al should be taught at TAFEs and the like, not universities.

  17. Sinclair Davidson

    If anyone has information about lecturers being intimidated to pass students or or students graduating even when they have not passed their exams please contact TEQSA.

  18. Frank Walker from National Tiles


    That’s kind of funny because crappy education is found in exams. You can just study for the exam. They have next to no pedagogical value.

    Business school grads find the capstone units the best, other than work experience and law and science students typically say they get a lot more out of the practical work (mock trial and labs) rather than exam after exam…no one “does an exam” for their work…they only thing close is being a barrister and they do practical work as part of their requirements (10 days arguing civil and 10 days criminal as the lead counsel) to finally make the bar.

  19. Sinclair Davidson

    They have next to no pedagogical value.

    Yep. None whatsoever. Which is why I don’t have exams anymore for my subjects.

    Exams are about signalling and accreditation.

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