I think we can all understand that none of us can be sure about anything at all, at the heart of it. So the default position should be, if any is taken at all, skepticism. About everything.
We should be especially skeptical of mainstream political and cultural views because they are especially vulnerable to falling into a kind of trance-like mass formation. All of us are prone to just fall in line whilst at the same time grab onto the easiest thing that gives our life meaning.
This can be seen in Western culture's relationship with Western mainstream media. I could be completely wrong, however I can imagine that in many other parts of the world, a greater majority of people would understand that their mainstream media is essentially propaganda. On all sides. Whether they agree with the regime and its media mouthpiece or they don't, each side would basically understand the compromised nature of mainstream media. I reckon so anyway.
However, tragically enough, amongst so much of Western society we believe that mainstream media is independent of the administration beneath which it operates.
Even if there was a remote possibility that this is true, then all that could be said is that Western mainstream media instead directs the regime (a Curtis Yarvin idea). In any case, this would at least make its constituent parts completely non-independent of thought as they instead viciously push ideology, as they obviously do.
It's probably even more accurate to suggest that mainstream Western politics and mainstream Western media sit and eat at the same metaphorical table, where everyone is equally set on trying to get a piece of the pie or at least maintain their seat. Here, you'll also find the financial players, the defence industry as well as academia. That's not to say it's all some sort of masterminded organised get-together. Perhaps it is, although I have my doubts. No, it simply operates in a loose kind of rhythm where everyone unconsciously plays their part and contributes to a loosely organized way of things. That's the story of history and the story of the way in which human beings generally organise themselves everywhere and anywhere.
And it's how the so-called 'intellectual' class in the West is so drastically out of touch with reality and seems to drone along without any real pioneering thought. By the time I had completed my Masters degree and had been bashed over the head with all the cultural Marxism you can think of, it was clear to me that we are at the regressive stage of our Empire. If anyone is thinking of going to university to study the humanities, then in my opinion absolutely do not. I would caution against social sciences too. My thoughts are that these are indoctrination grounds that unfortunately also afflict the next group of teachers coming through that then pile the cultural Marxism on their students in primary and secondary school. Love to all my teacher friends. I obviously speak in general terms. The pressure on teachers to follow a certain program, at least outside of home-schooling - which I totally recommend - is off the charts anyhow.
Instead of going to university, do a trade or at least keep to engineering, and in the meantime build parallel economy, parallel community and parallel culture.
Meanwhile, regime branches such as what I believe to be dying academia will continue to be reflected in the toxicity of the monotonous machine-like western mainstream media, which will over and over again hold the exact same views across the board. This is apparent in the media's one-directional Marxist push with regards to the culture wars, in the lockstep coverage on lockdowns and vaccine mandates, and in the tone-deaf and one-dimensional take on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The latter is actually incredibly complicated and layered. It's better summarised as a continuation on the Ukrainian front of the Washington-Russia conflict.
The 2020 U.S. election forced me to question if there is election integrity in the west, as the election seems to have been so obviously rigged. If you haven't yet, watch Dinesh D'Souza's recent '2000 Mules' documentary c/o the Rumble video-sharing platform. However, in general, with the way in which much of the Western eye seems to put an almost theological and religious gaze on its mainstream media, many elections would never even need to be rigged for this ridiculous and preposterous regime to continue to chug along anyhow. Sad enough.
Best to remain skeptical then. Of everything. Including of what you read here. And never ever ever believe a word of the propaganda.
Much love from a rooftop tent up in Northern Australia!