What I don't get about this thread:
How is academia any different from the rest of society?The Crowd
has taken over academia, but also politics, advertising, the political face of science, and so forth.
You are going to coexist with these people and their illusion. You can't run from it. You can't directly fight it. You can indirectly fight it by ignoring it, writing it off as illusory, and quietly acting on alternate ideas -- while taking a leadership role in your community (acting anti-Crowdist in your dorm room is ineffective and gives you no bragging rights on the intarkvlt).
You either become effective, or you don't. That's the real truth we're wrangling with here.
If your IQ is 120 or above, you really do want to go to college and probably graduate school in order to become effective.
When you become effective, all your bold opinions that you type out in internet screeds become something you can act upon by not accepting the Crowdist lie, by acting independently, by encouraging others to be cynical about manifestations of the Crowdist principle, and by using your ideas to make things better in a different way.
You don't get to be dictator overnight. But each person that acts out from the dogma shows the dogma to be incomplete in its control and thus defeatable.
However, until you're succeeding at something tangible, it's just more bloviation by basement-dwellers. Go to college. Stop making excuses for your failure and 4-inch-dicks. Go on. Fight and win. Or fight and die. But either way, you stopped your own impotence and pretense in progress.