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on August 6, 2019 at 9:36 AM in AskRaddle
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I wouldn't go anywhere near that fascist hellhole, personally.
Scares the crap out of me.
being in it is scary. I cant imagine coming here now as a foreign student
Partly depends on where one is coming from, their name, accent, and color of skin! Most universities are supportive of their students - foreign students after all are their cash-cow. Though, most countries these days are fascist hellholes or on the verge of becoming such, we just have the added cultural practice of shoot-'em-up-vigilante gate-keepers...
true, most places have the same dangers. it's just with the rise in shootings lately and how immigrants are treated.... you get what I mean
Might be wrong, but I think Finland accepts exchange students frequently. Same with Lithuania or Latvia I think
I'm not sure I understand what you're saying?
Hope it all works out for you. In what regards are you seeking advice? where to go/what to study? university life? funding? anarchist networks? how to subvert the system???
Pretty broad questions. the american higher education landscape is extremely diverse in regards to the kinds of institutions - community college, liberal arts college, 3rd/2nd/1st tier state schools, private universities, big city, small town, midwest, east coast, etc. Many are horrid, some try, some are outstanding, some have the reputation of being outstanding but are cesspools of intellectual mediocrity. The vast majority are embedded in "liberal" ideas and thus, ultimately quite intellectually conservative, distracting students from learning by fostering cultures of binge alcoholism, rape/sexual abuse, and concerns over future jobs and skill sets. Though, there remains a few, though rapidly shrinking, pockets of more radical thinking and politics - one has to go out of their way to unearth them on campuses. Thus, where you are located makes a difference - being in an environment where you can escape the campus and engage larger social/political life, connect with like-minded people in the town/city where you end up...
I would say that depending on what you study even institutions that are themselves embedded in liberal ideas have plenty of professors and students that question that. You're not going to get it in Economics or International Relations or Public Policy, but you will in places like Africana Studies, History, English.
No institution is a monolith. Obviously I can only comment for one but there were sociopathic future politicians and indigenous anarchists eating in the same dining hall.
Very true - it is possible to find supportive niches, which might just be one or two people, within most universities. And yes, some programs/departments tend to be more questioning/critical than others, though history and English can also be extremely conservative fields, lots of nationalists of the liberal bent.
Safe from what? as for being queer, you will certainly find it more liberating. It is also expensive as hell and thus is highly segregated, but also quite ethnically diverse.
I live in LA
it's really nice for queer people. lots of meetings and clubs and whatnot
although, if you live in the higher class areas the police don't give a shit about you, but if you're not white and live in anywhere near downtown LA, watch out.
have you organized anything before?
you might want to try organizing with a new group of friends
First, get used to having cameras on you all the time. But have fun. Be nice to people and they'll be nice to you. (except cops)