Potemkin wrote:Americans like to think that they are all equal to each other, and that even the dumbest hick has the right to have his bigoted, retarded opinions given equal weight to the considered views of professors or Nobel Prize winners.
The opposite is true. Many Americans seem to have more respect for upper class people who have useless university degrees, and who are very wealthy. Many famous American presidents, since their Civil War, came from wealthier, elitist, educated backgrounds. Even a lot of providence state governors there are wealthier and have useless university degrees. Americans seem to support more upper university level education.
Ironically, it tends to be the most right-wing Americans who are most in favour of this intellectual and academic dumbing-down.
There are Many famous national leaders and political figures that have existed around the whole World in various time eras, who do not need useless university degrees like many famous American leaders and presidents, or did not come from upper class economic elitist backgrounds. Here are some examples:
Josef Stalin, The Soviet Union - His father was a poor shoe maker. Stalin was not educated like how Trotsky was, yet he lead the Soviet Union for decades, unlike Trotsky.
Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela - Born into a leftist working class family, he never graduated secondary grade school, and was a bus driver.
Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia - Born into a farming family, he failed the second grade in school and graduated uselessly in 1905. He had spelling problems his whole life, worked at a restaurant, repaired bicycles, was a factory worker, and was a test car driver for Austro-Daimler until World War One. After the First World War, he was a restaurant waiter, lost his job for Communist support, and then was a mill mechanic.
Enver Hoxha, Albania - Born in a shared multi family home to a poor, traveling cloth merchant by the name of Halil Hoxha who traveled and merchandised in Britain, France, and the United States.
Margot Feist, DDR - Her father was a shoemaker, and her mother who died in 1940 when Margot was 13 years of age was a factory worker. Both of her parents were KPD members. In 1945 at the age of 18 years when the war ended, she joined socialist political parties that helped her get government representative positions.
Erich Honecker, DDR - Born into a working class family, his father was a coal miner. Erich's first occupation was a farmer, then a roofer. He lived "undercover" until the Second World War ended.
Adolf Hitler - He had parents who were not educated. He was an untalented artist, struggled economically and was homeless at one point. He was a World War One veteran for the German Confederate Empire.
Walter Ulbricht, DDR - His father was an impoverished tailor. Walter's occupation prior to World War One was a Joiner. He was a World War One veteran for the German Confederate Empire.
Ernst Thälmann - Born into a farming family, he dropped out of school at the age of 14 years. In 1902, he left his family's home, lived in an emergency shelter, then in a basement apartment. He was a fireman, then a laundry worker until the First World War started. He was a World War One veteran for the German Confederate Empire. After the war, he was a relief worker who helped civilians and their lives with the infrastructures that were damaged by the war.
Benito Mussolini, Italy -Born into a poor family, his father was a socialist. Benito at one point was unemployed, and lived with another family in an apartment with his young child and girlfriend.
Władysław Gomułka, Poland - Born to parents who emigrated to the United States for employment purposes, they migrated back to Poland due to not finding useful employment. At the age of 13 years, he left school, and started an apprenticeship in a metalwork shop. Władysław Gomułka did not need "formal education" to lead Poland for over a decade.
Edward Gierek, Poland - Started to work in a coal mine at the age of 13 years.
Nikita Khrushchev, The Soviet Union - He was a herds person. He was schooled for four years in a poor village, and his teacher was Lydia Shevchenko, a freethinker who did not attend local church, and that made the local residents upset. Later, He was a metal worker until the Russian Revolution. He later attended the Industrial Academy in Moscow, and the Industrial Academy provided knowledge that taught how to coordinate productivity and agriculture.
Wilhelm Pieck, DDR - He completed a four-year carpentry apprenticeship. He was then a timber worker.
Winston Churchill, British Empire - He Went to Harrow School, a public school for young boys. Then, he attended the Royal Military College, for military training purposes.
Jacob Zuma, South Africa - He does not need an useless, university degree, to lead politics in South Africa.
Omar al-Bashir, Sudan - He graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1966.
Nicolae Ceaușescu, Romania - He became an apprentice shoe maker.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - He did various occupations like dish washing, custodial, baking, and factory work.
Chivu Stoica, Romania - He started working as an apprentice at Căile Ferate Române, the state railway corporation. Then, he was a boilermaker.
Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria - He was a typesetter.
Enforcing equality by dumbing everybody down to the same intellectual level.
Just because someone does not maintain an useless, university degree does not mean that they lack high intelligence. There are some very intelligent people who do not obtain university degrees. There are some people who have university degrees that are not very intelligent.
There are different types of intelligence. There are different variations. Everyone has their own abilities. Some people have more abilities than others. University degrees do not have to show that.