MyMaster essay cheating scandal: More than 70 university students face suspension

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A bad joke that can be compared to drug dealing – the little fish get caught, shamed and punished while the big fish, those in power, are honoured and protected. Their shit never stinks.

The most ruthless, treacherous, despicable cheats and thieves are those who work in academia. Why do I state this?

It is one thing for a common thief to steal – they do so without ethical pretence.

Thieves in academia, with their titles, tassled caps and glorious flowing gowns (the further up the food chain, the more impressive) lay claim to and trumpet the highest intellectual and ethical standards – standards used by the universities as primary recruitment and marketing tools.

In secular societies, the universities position themselves as the guardians of those values.

Academics regularly warn students (in class, online and in print) not to breach those standards, telling them that if they do, they will face dire consequences – then, ever on the look-out, ever scanning the flow of papers before them, these same academics wipe their boots on those standards at the first opportunity.

Such people regard exploitation as their right.

‘Guilty conscience’ in relation to their self has no meaning for them (although possibly they lecture with profundity on it). Looking you straight in the face, their lies flow with educated ease.

To lie as a justification for exploitation is their right.

In a culture dripping with shame, such people people are shameless.

You are their student, they are your master. Like the Upanishads, your place and that of the results of your intellectual efforts is at their feet – the first in awe, the second as offering.

These people are motivated, contrary to the hype and blather pumped out by the universities as they compete for funding and students every semester, not by a love for knowledge and its development and by a commitment, above all, to that most un-Australian of concepts – vision – but by the acquisition and use of knowledge in the service of their masters the bourgeoisie, by the maintenance of their position and power, and a lust for more power and kudos.

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Article in The Sydney Morning Herald 21.03.15

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Comment on Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis in academia

Hi Phillip,

Plato didn’t do too well when he ventured from the academy into the real world.

Varoufakis has done much worse.

He strode onto the EU stage and won the spotlight by standing up to the Germans, technocrats and assorted agents of capital.

He told them how it is.

He boasted to you of the number of votes he had been given by his people.

He has ridden the crest of the wave of world-famous Greek democracy and spoke of the resounding ‘No!’ referendum vote as though it were the realisation of a beautiful dream – the Greeks at their best.

Romantic nostalgia for all to hear.

But as soon as it became no longer an adventure on the grandest scale, no longer possible to put off the reality, compromise and slog of teamwork politics internally and the difficulty of dealing with domination, greed and vengefulness from capitalist nations externally, he resigned the central position of leadership entrusted to him in magnificent style – the cause lay with everyone else.

He abandoned his radiant chariot mid-firmament and left Tsipras et al to carry the can into a rapidly worsening situation of world-historical importance.

The Greeks are now in very serious trouble yet Varoufakis has had his great moment, standing before the billowing flag of white and blue, Parthenon floating in soft-focus behind that, all in the Byronic manner.

You asked him if he will stay in politics and he replied ‘Of course’ but the Delphi oracle has spoken to me – she whispered that now he has taught the world the difference between Cynic and cynicism, it will be much sooner than later that academia embraces Varoufakis again.

He is a masterclass on himself.

Phil Stanfield

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