I recently graduated Master’s (brag brag brag) and now I am off the real world, wondering how to use my knowledge effectively in it… I think it’s time to revise all I learned.
So here it is:
Economics: If you wanna make your country thrive, of course you can act protectionist. But you ave to be careful about not protecting ineffective sectors of your economy.
And… we shouldn’t talk much about the economics crisis. It’s like Voldemort. It shouldn’t be mentioned.
Future of Europe: Czechs eat horrible and drink a lot. And foreigners love that about our country.
Russian language: Russians are weird. And that “b” like letter is a bitch.
Stratetic studies: Russia bad. America good. we only purchase weapons to protect peace. Nuclear weapons are good, unless Russia, Iran or North Korea get them (shhhh, about Israel. *points to other shiny things*).
In warfare invetion is crucial. And if everything fails, try to extract important information from enemy’s concubines (thanks Sun Tzu).
Geopolitics: Heartland, Rimland, shatterbelt, blah blah blah, Chinese are going to get us.
History of 20th century: Stalin had yellow eyes. And during Lenin’s early days in Kremlin, there was a lot of crows and Lenin was highly disturbed by them. So they started to shooting them, only it disturbed Lenin even more. And all the movies about Samurais are untrue.
The USA and New Europe: Bush wasn’t that bad, ya’ll. And New Europe is not that new actually.
Theories of war and peace: I actually learned a lot about conflict resolution in this class. Only it’s never been implemented in real world. At least not succesfully. I may try to implement these in some hellzone, if I ever feel suicidal.
Also: theory of democratic peace works. Actually, it doesn’t! Actually, it DOES! No, it don’t!
And that one PhD student is hot, has nice legs and knows about modern wars. Wonder if she has boyfriend. Or girlfriend.
Transnational studies: I got to discuss one of my fave artists here, M.I.A. and be totally academic about it.
(and I guess yakking in English on Czech University among Europeans about problems of Latin American migration is transnationalism too).
Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: current mayor of Nagasaki does not reply to e-mails of peace activists.
And there’s lot of sketch countries in the world.
Middle Eastern studies: Of course I learned about terrorists and dictators, Islamists and Zionists (and anti-Zionists too!). But the most memorable thing I learned and something we all I think will remember is… that back in the day, Leila Khaled was a slamming hottie. Who
hijacked plane (and probably looked good doing it).
Human evolution and politics: Muslims commit suicide bombing because in polygamous society non-alpha males have hard chances of getting laid.
I guess my life is fuller now. But I still have no idea how to use this for good of the state and society.