I received a request at Asshole Consulting, and I thought it would be of benefit to the few readers I still have on the ole blog. I edited it a bit to be more thorough, but since many of you are no doubt angry, I have found solace in how people just absolutely destroy themselves being lazy, criminal, incompetent or just egotistical. Enjoy the Decline!
Monday, October 03, 2022
I received a request at Asshole Consulting, and I thought it would be of benefit to the few readers I still have on the ole blog. I edited it a bit to be more thorough, but since many of you are no doubt angry, I have found solace in how people just absolutely destroy themselves being lazy, criminal, incompetent or just egotistical. Enjoy the Decline!
Saturday, August 06, 2022
Many of you may have heard from us over the years, and we are grateful for your support. Aaron's readers have emerged as our top marketers, and loyal clients, and a good chunk of our writers found us through this blog. An old adage holds that "an enemy of my enemy is my friend", and we have little sympathy for the politically correct propaganda and the system of formal education that it is ensconced in. Yet, we highly value education, and many of us are accomplished autodidacts, which is what drives our passion for political philosophy, economics, and cultural issues.
Friday, July 22, 2022
Below is a guest post. I have not read it because I don't have time. Do not complain or hold me responsible for what is in the post. Also, do not credit me for anything good in the article either. It is merely a reader who wanted to share his writing and I have accommodated him:
You Can Walk Away
By Agent in the Field #1582
It is obvious to many of us that the system (the status-quo blend of government, corporations, academia, and media) generally does not support the interests of pro-capitalist, pro-liberty, pro-nationalist, and small government Americans. So what is to be done about it?
As long as America remains a republic governed by a democratic process, the most popular position will win. But many of the popular positions are dysfunctional and reinforce the status-quo. It is also doubtful if spending your time trying to change the broad opinions of the people will produce results; sheer social inertia, indifference, or election tampering may get in the way. But there is another faster and more practical option: withdraw your support from everything you oppose.
The system requires your cooperation in order to keep functioning. It has many defenses against attack. But it has none against abandonment (Quinn, 1992).
I repeat: the system has no defense against abandonment.
I do not mean to abandon your actual responsibilities, or to fail to live up to your objective legal obligations (like paying taxes), or to break contracts that were freely made. I do not mean to abandon a geographical region either, although this can be an option. What I mean is, you do not have to actively give the system your support.
Instead, you can withdraw your support from every sphere where it is not explicitly required. Indeed, you can take advantage of your natural laziness and simply refuse to engage with a system that does not represent your interests.
Below (in alphabetical order) are some ideas of how to withdraw support from the system. This is not intended to be a list of recommendations, nor is this list anywhere near complete. It is only intended as a thought-experiment to get your creative juices flowing. You must decide for yourself what is best for you, and in what manner to act.
- Are businesses more concerned about virtue-signaling than about producing products and services? Then stop shopping at those businesses.
- If a business is using the labor of illegals and not hiring American citizens, then don’t shop at that business.
- Is a business behaving in a disgusting way? Then refuse to work for them. Refuse to give them manpower, and encourage others not to work for them.
- Is a business asking you to round up at the checkout to throw money at an intractable social problem? Then don’t round up – ever.
Busybodies & Beggars
- Does an environmentalist want you to sort your own garbage/kitchen waste/yard clippings and waste your time? Ignore him. Dump all your garbage into one big trash bag in a manner consistent with law.
- Are homeless people begging you for money? Don’t give them any. Saying “I only have a credit card” works fine.
- Does a miserable activist have a grievance de jour? Don’t sign the petition. Don’t listen to their speech. Don’t give any money.
- Does viewing porn make you vapid and weak? Then stop watching porn. Meet actual people instead.
- Is somebody rewriting old books and/or movies in order to infuse them with a modern, ideological agenda? Then don’t purchase those rewritten products. Keep and preserve the old.
- Are you tired of throwing hours of your time away on the television? Then stop watching television. Get involved in the community around you instead, in any small way.
- Is a social movement trying to inspire racial or gender guilt in you? Then abandon those people! Refuse to accept unearned guilt.
Dating & Marriage
- Is the present contract of marriage bad for men? Then don’t sign that legal contract – talk to a lawyer and create your own contract instead.
- Are feminists in your community insufferable? Then don’t date them. Don’t give them any attention. Ignore them & refuse to engage with them.
- Did a woman deliberately cheat on you? Then dump her. Don’t give her a second chance.
- Are women in your community fat? Then don’t even approach them.
- Does a single mom want you to take care of her kids? Then run away fast in the other direction!
- Are you throwing money at a pretend girlfriend online? Then stop! Save your money & find a real live girl in meatspace instead.
Finances (Warning: Nothing in this section should be considered to be financial advice)
- Are you constantly buying stuff you don’t need? Then stop buying stuff you don’t need. Take greater pleasure in life from nature, companions, art, music, and free books & DVDs from the library.
- Do you really need that overnight delivery? Or are you just spending money on stuff you don’t need?
- Do credit card companies charge too much interest? Then pay off your credit cards each month so you don’t pay the interest. Use cash for most transactions instead. Using cash also deprives the credit card companies of the fee they charge businesses for using the card.
- Are your concerned about how large banks may misuse your money? Then consider moving your money into smaller, more local banks and credit unions.
- If you don’t like what banks are doing with your money, consider putting some of your money into a safety deposit box where nobody can use it. Every deposit or investment you make is an act of volunteering your money for other people to use.
- Are US politicians behaving irresponsibility with their money-printing? Then exchange some of your US dollars for other currency. Consider getting a foreign bank account (beware of IRS reporting requirements, which can have severe penalties). Consider getting some cryptocurrency. Consider buying some land. Purchase some gold, or silver, or precious stones. Buy tangible items of high quality and lasting value.
- Is a payment processor deplatforming people due to their political views? Then stop using that payment processor.
- If businesses push alcohol on you, then refuse to make drinking alcohol a habit.
- Does the local drug dealer push drugs on you? Then refuse to purchase drugs.
- Are unhealthy industrial foods being pushed on you? Then refuse to purchase that kind of food.
- Do you need that sugary, corn syrup drink? Water works fine instead.
- Is medical care too expensive? Then say “No” to that expense by keeping yourself in great shape. Pay a doctor for an annual checkup. See a dentist regularly. Invest in preventive medicine to avoid shelling out the big bucks to treat medical conditions that arise from self-neglect or poor hygiene.
- Are movies terrible? Then stop buying movie tickets. Stop spending your precious time watching that garbage. Cancel your TV subscriptions. Only purchase films that you actually like. Go to a used goods store & buy several dozen used DVDs at a time. Trade and share them amongst friends. You can also rewatch old classics: there is a world of great film and animation that was made before the modern era. Download them by legal methods.
- Are social media companies practicing censorship? Then stop using those social media companies. Keep a mailing list and email your friends and family instead. Or better yet, start your own website, write a paper letter, or go visit them in person.
- Is a tech company firing people who don’t deserve it? Is that company selling your data and violating your privacy? Then quit using that tech company’s services. Use alt-tech services instead.
- Is an online bookseller censoring books? Then stop using that online bookseller. Use your public library instead.
- Does the news media constantly lie? Then don’t watch their television shows. Don’t click on their websites. Don’t purchase their newspapers or magazines. Don’t read their articles. Don’t buy the products in their advertisements. Go to alternative sources if you want to know what it going on in the world.
- Did the politicians think it was a good idea to fight undeclared foreign wars? Do those wars seem nonsensical to you? Then don’t volunteer to fight those wars.
- Is your State enforcing anti-property rights or anti-liberty laws? Then don’t volunteer to work for that State. If you are on a jury, you can vote to acquit the victims of State aggression.
- Do political parties not represent you? Then don’t donate money or time to those political parties.
- Are you unhappy with your choice of political candidates? Then don’t vote for them. Write-in “none of the above” instead.
- Are athletes politicizing sports? Then stop watching sports. Stop buying sports paraphernalia and other useless junk. Go play sports with your friends instead.
- Is there a protest occurring in your city somewhere? Don’t waste your time with a counter-protest. Ignore the protesters and don’t give them any attention.
- Did a riot destroy lots of local businesses because the political leadership refused to act? Then don’t volunteer to clean it up. Better yet, refuse to live in that kind of city.
- Is a politician offering you free stuff? Then take the free stuff, and afterwards, refuse to vote for that politician.
- Are the homeless a problem in your city? Do politicians refuse to address homelessness in a meaningful way? Then don’t volunteer to work at the soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or free medical clinic.
- Do religions ask you to accept the absurd? Then don’t support organized religions. Don’t attend those institutions, and don’t give them your money. Seek guidance in philosophy instead. Seek fellowship with other like-minded people.
- Does the funeral industrial complex want to rip you off by selling expensive caskets, embalming the body of a dead friend or relative, and selling a plot in a graveyard? Then go for cremation instead. Scatter those ashes! Create your own funeral rituals that don’t involve you getting fleeced. Talk to your friends and relatives well ahead of time on how they want their bodies to be disposed of after they shuffle off this mortal coil.
- Are you a student under the age of 18 who hates school? Then leave! Work with your parents & try to set up a homeschooling, or tutoring, or community-college situation. Even a partial solution would be beneficial. Alternatively, you can study hard and graduate from school early. No public school system can prevent students from demonstrating their understanding through sitting proficiency examinations. If you want to get out early, hit the books!
- Are the universities charging too much tuition? Then take as many AP courses as possible and skip a year of college via earning AP credits. You can also refuse to take student loans. Try to get your general education courses completed at a community college and subsequently transfer to a 4-year university. Work a job, search for scholarships and grants, and pay as you go.
- If you really must go to a university, at least major in a STEM field. Try to get around the liberal arts requirements as much as possible. Only give what is required to get the grades and degrees you need, and then get out.
- Remember that liberalism on University campuses requires volunteers. Don’t volunteer for any cause that advances the institutionalization of nonsense. Don’t staff their interest-booths. Don’t go to their guest lectures. Don’t sign up for their mailing lists. Don’t register for their useless courses. Don’t attend their protests. Don’t answer their surveys. Don’t put up their posters. Don’t have drinks with your nutty professor. Don’t give them a single penny, calorie of energy, or moment of your time beyond what is required.
- Are income taxes too high? Hire an accountant and take advantage of every legal way to reduce your burden.
- Is the sales tax too high? Then stop buying stuff you don’t need. Find alternative ways to get the things you want. Secondhand shops, garage sales, give-aways, swaps, or online sellers are options to consider.
- Are cell phone companies tracking you? Then stop using a cell phone. Get an old-school landline and answering machine instead. Keep a cell phone around for emergencies only. If you must have a cell phone, check it only once per day. Keep it turned off otherwise.
- Are you tired of watching advertisements on the internet? Then switch to a browser with an ad-blocker or install one.
- Does American tech censor you, deplatform you, or manipulate search engine results? Then build your own platforms, or make use of those in a different country.
- Do you hate your daily commute? Then say “no” to that experience by changing jobs, working online, or finding a place to live closer to work.
- Are you flying somewhere? Pack goodies in your carry-on in order to avoid the expensive airport food. Take an empty water bottle & fill it up after you pass through security.
- Does an airline charge you for checked bags? Then limit your belongings to a carry-on, whenever it is practical to do so.
I hope that these examples have shown that the system requires your voluntary participation to continue. Very few things are actually required and the power indeed lies in your hands. You get to decide your level of participation and what is acceptable to you, and what is not.
However, while there are many ways to say “no” to the system, saying “no” is not the same thing as saying “yes.” One cannot reasonably live a life based upon the things you refuse to do. One must primarily pursue goals and achieve something distinct. You cannot just reject that which is stupid, destructive, or wicked; you must also court, nurture, build, and encourage the good, but that is the subject of a different essay.
Withdrawing your support isn’t a sexy strategy and it may not directly make the world a better place. But saying “no” in countless, tiny ways will give you more of a sense of agency and lead to greater satisfaction and peace of mind. The world might indeed be going mad, but you don’t have to participate in that madness.
You can walk away.
Quinn, Daniel (1992). Ishmael: A Novel. Bantam Books.
Friday, May 27, 2022
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
If you can believe it, ole Cappy has time to post on his blog. Hopefully this trend continues as the housing chores abate and Cappy slowly gets his life back.
Today's post is a link to a show I did with Linda Gross where we had quite an intelligent and succinct conversation about the realities of marriage and the dating market today. You'll enjoy it and can watch it here.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
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Thursday, February 24, 2022
This is an e-mail consultation I did for a client who wondered about the red pill/manosphere and grifting. I've obviously made my money selling various books, classes, and consulting services, but because of my economics background, I believe I have a more accurate and unique take.
Finally, I'm of the firm belief that people don't do anything unless they pay a price. And I get sick of red pill theoreticians who will read books, take classes, consume YEARS of podcasts only to not execute on the advice therein. And though it doesn't directly hurt me or any other content producer, the hypocrisy still pisses me off. Thus, why I charge not only for my time, but the near-guarantee these people AREN'T going to DO THE WORK. I make them pay a price so AT LEAST they have a financial incentive to DO THE WORK and thus, earn their money back and thereby improve their life or solve their problem.
Monday, February 21, 2022
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Monday, January 31, 2022
I am offering a new class on Teachable - "Achieving Financial Excellence."
The main purpose of the class is to identify the quickest route out of poverty by identifying and cutting through all the bullshit that society throws at you in order to fool you (and profit off of you) as to what is real wealth.
Most of my regular readers/subscribers/viewers do not need this class, but if you are new, poor, or are having financial troubles and would like to resolve them, consider dropping the $99 on the course below:
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
This is an advertisement for my buddy Alex. He runs the company "Academic Composition" and for years has been countering the stupid, irrational, and evil trend of colleges and employers requiring ever more and worthless classes in order to give you "permission" to work.
THere is naturally "The Great Resignation" happening across the US and the West, but many of you are going to insist on improving your life and will unfortunately be forced into this rent-seeking world of marxist, leftist academics and HR cunts who love making poor, young people jump through unnecessary hoops to find employment.
If this is the case OR you are looking for employment that you can do from home, or in any other way want to AVOID this unfair system, may I recommend Academic Composition either as a potential employer or a service you would use:
Sunday, January 09, 2022
This is a guest post from Alex, who as you know is the proprietor of Academic Composition. His company writes papers for college students who don't want to write their own, and naturally he's had great insight into the younger generations' psychologies as they make the transition from high school to college to the adult world. His post below is not necessarily an advertisement for his services, but in today's world where 50% of your college courses literally have NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR EDUCATION, consider hiring him and his team at Academic Composition.
Thursday, January 06, 2022
With the suicide of Fred (among others) and an increasing amount of young men approaching me about "what am I supposed to do in life," I found this consultation I did somewhat helpful in providing lost men a roadmap or at least some basics in terms of how to deal with their existence, and more importantly what to do with it. Gone are the traditional reasons people had to live in western society. One sex is completely disinterested and absolving themselves of the other. Laws are making interacting with the opposite sex and family formation too risky. And false gods of politics, socialism, activism, the state, and all other "isms" have replaced love for one's fellow man and community. And since this is what traditionally gave people (religion or secular) reason to life, but now it is gone, three generations of men (and women) are looking for a new point and purpose in living so their finite life isn't wasted.
It isn't an end-all-be-all answer, but it's as far as my logic takes me. And if you enjoy reading the below, please consider purchasing some of my books which generally address existentialism through an economics lens.
All this being said, none of this changes that you are biologically hardwired to WANT to get with other people (romantically or socially). And since not satisfying that scratch will at least put some depressionary pressures on your mind, I'm not against putting some tacit, but well placed interest in finding some quality human relationships. The key thing is to ALIGN YOUR EXPECTATIONS WITH THE LIKELIHOOD YOU WILL FIND THIS.
Monday, January 03, 2022
If you remember Die Hard, there was a scene where the FBI decided that to flush out the terrorists, it would be best to cut off the power to the Nakatomi Plaza. This resulted in an argument between the FBI agents and the city's electrical grid manager who insisted the individual building could not be turned off, but that instead an entire city grid would have to be taken down. But while the city manager and the FBI agents argued, there was a lowly electricity worker, sitting in the manhole, who was trying to tell all of them he could turn off the building right then and there. Naturally, they ignored the man, the FBI pulled rank, an entire city grid was taken down, and Hans Gruber could finally open his vault.
And it is here I find myself in a similar situation as the lowly electrical worker sitting in the manhole.
I know how to make education free (or nearly free) for all Americans.
I know how to end the education crisis tomorrow.
And it doesn't require anything grandiose like revamping the entire education system, bailing out liberal arts majors, or forcing the taxpayer to spend an additional $500 billion each year on paying for every one's education.
It's as simple as a switch and it will benefit every American today and into the future to the tune of trillions if we just do what I say.
Unfortunately, like the lowly electrical worker, the powers that be are either too stupid or too politically and financially invested in the current education system to actually listen to what I'm going to say. Furthermore, most Americans themselves are too stupid and short-sighted to do the same. And so like many of my previous economic recommendations, this will merely be for posterity so I can make fun of even more impoverished and debt-laden Americans in the future. Because you are truly a stupid people and I've found it very enjoyable to watch you suffer when you don't have to, especially today's "college graduates."
Technology is Hard
The current educational system we have is based in technology that has existed since we could make buildings. And the reason I say that is because it's true. Once there was a building to house people, you could house students in a localized area, protected and uninterrupted from the elements, and an individual teacher (be that Plato or the the school marm from Little House on the Prairie) could instruct or teach their students, conveying information. Overtime this basic model has been supplemented with technologies such as electricity, lights, LCD projectors, and red-light pointers, but the model remained the same - get a large group of people within listening distance of a teacher and that individual teacher could pass on information to 10, 50, 100, even a thousands students at a time.
But 25 years ago there was a large and obvious technological innovation - the internet. And the day you could stream video or at least audio over it, it gave teachers the ability to reach the entire globe of students. And while I myself was a student at the time, I was very curious how soon it would be before we'd implement this technology to do away with the:
- trillions of dollars in physical buildings on college campuses
- the unnecessary parking that was required to attend class
- the overpriced college text books that could all be replaced for (near) free PDF's
- as well as nearly all the teachers and professors in the country as the top 2% of instructors in their respective fields could now teach all the students in the world with their superior teaching abilities
And so I waited....and waited...and waited, and much like American employers refusing to let their employees work from home, I realized our education system was not going to let students the luxury of learning from home either.
And so now for the past 25 years I've watched over 100 million American students unnecessarily waste 4-8 years of their lives, pointlessly wasting trillions of dollars and billions of hours on dubiously-valued degrees, attending an old, obsolete, and incredibly inefficient education system. That, and now we all get to hear their howls and complaints that they were duped and now need us to pay for their overpriced pieces of toilet paper.
But for all their screams and howls, for all the whining about tuition prices, none of that will change. Professors and college admin need the outdated and obsolete education system to remain because they are luddites. They need the rest of society to be held back so that they can keep their jobs. The democrat party also needs the traditional education system because that is how they get future voters, socialists, and otherwise financially ignorant NPCs. The students, who you would think would want something like free education, do not in fact want the old and outdated education system to go away, because they do not view "education" as an investment in their future, but rather a birthright where they can party for 4 years and imagine themselves intellectuals (when in fact it is painfully obvious most of them don't even understanding compound mathematics). And parents do not want the old education system to go away because ever since their children were 5, they have used America's education system as free babysitting. And college is merely adult-child daycare so the kids inevitably leave home and give ma and pa the chance to fuck on the kitchen island again.
As I said before, Americans are truly a stupid people. Very few Americans are interested in a genuine education. An investment in themselves that will improve their career, finances, life and futures. Most Americans want an escape from life's responsibilities or a means by which to profit at the expense of others. And THAT is the true point and purpose of today's education system, and why no matter how obsoleted the internet has made it, it will remain until the US ends.
How Education Could Be Made Free
But let's say you're one of the 2% of American people who aren't a bunch of worthless, lazy parasites. Let's say you had an intellectual or genuine interest in making education free for everyone and improving society. How would a "free education" system work? What would it look like? How could we educate the most amount of people in the cheapest way possible?
The first thing would be to rebuild the entire system around what education originally set out to do - educate the most amount of people in the most affordable way possible. And that would mean making the internet the primary vehicle by which we educate ourselves.
This is already done by nearly every college campus (though reluctantly). Today's colleges and universities do offer some form of education online, but they still attach an absurd price to it, often times charging MORE for an online class than an in person one. But the real efficiency loss is you have multiple, if not thousands of colleges offering the exact same fungible commodity on multiple platforms - education.
I don't care if it's a Harvard accounting class or a Biff Bifferson's School of Business' accounting class - accounting is accounting. The education is the exact same. And this goes for nearly all of the sciences, including the fake ones that go by the moniker "social sciences." Like YouTube, you only need ONE platform to disseminate this information to the ENTIRE GLOBE OF STUDENTS. And unless you were born into a wealthy family or like to suck cock for a living, "Harvard" and "Cornell" are just brand names, not education. So the new-and-free education system would do away with all colleges and universities and there would only need to be one source of education to disseminate it to the global community of students. So forget "Harvard School of Business" or "The Carlson School of Management" (which is forgettable because nobody knows who they are anyway), there would just be a "Degree in Accounting" and you would get it on "the internet."
This might lead people to think that this new education system would be a monopoly. That there would be one, elite school, with only the world's best and most elite teachers generating a SINGLE AND AUTHORITATIVE class in each of their respective fields, and for ALL students in the world to consume. And the slightly savvier among us would see the obvious risks of putting education into such an elite group of people, having fear and concerns that a censorious and politicized education system, akin to YouTube, would emerge. But even that is too much overhead as we are using an outdated sense of education. We think education must be "conferred" upon the student by some kind of educational authority. That in order to become "educated" you need a school and teachers. When in reality, becoming educated is just gathering knowledge. And since all the world's knowledge is available for free on the internet, a Globo-Educorp type of evil monopoly is completely unnecessary. And this introduces the two remaining ingredients we would need for a free education system - autodidactism and credential boards.
Autodidactics are the Future
If you don't know what an "autodidactic" is, you can become one by looking it up on the internet. Because what you'll find out is that an autodidactic is one who teaches himself. And while many people will say, "well I do better in a classroom environment" that is:
1- too bad
2- complete bogus
because just like everybody dies alone, nearly everyone teaches themselves.
While no doubt some people will do better in a traditional (and incredibly expensive and inefficient) classroom environment, in the end EVERYBODY has to teach themselves. Yes, there might be a teacher there. Yes, there might be your parents there. But let us be perfectly honest. Most teachers suck, most parents suck, and in the end it is up to the student to do well. Shoot, even the concept of homework is an admission that after having their students for 8 FULL HOURS 9 MONTHS A YEAR, teachers still can't fully and adequately teach your kids. And besides which, even if you teach yourself through books or the internet, there still is ultimately a teacher who created that content you are using to educate yourself.
Furthermore, lets say you did indeed do better with a physical teacher in the room uttering the EXACT SAME WORDS as they would on an instructional YouTube video.
Would you not be able to learn more if you didn't have to commute to a campus?
Would not EVERY K-12 student in America be able to learn more from spending 2 hours on the internet than 2 hours stuck on a bus ride...everyday...for 13 years...roundtrip?
And it is here I don't really care to try to convince the stupid people, but the smart ones. Because the stupid people are using education for anything but. But the smart ones actually do care about education. And if you think about it, wasting time forcing kids to attend physical prisons - be that k-12 or overpriced college campuses - is a HUGE economic waste of time that could be much better invested through autodidactism. Furthermore, with cell phones and MP3 players, education can be taken with and consumed anywhere. I personally have an equivalent to an associates degree in European history just tuning into podcasts. And while taking in this history, I was doing all sorts of things like hiking, working out, working on my home, and otherwise not being idle. An EASY multi-trillion dollar opportunity cost to today's conventional education system is that you must sit still and do nothing else but listen to Ben Stein drone on about economics. While obesity alone could be wiped out if everyone listened to their pre-req classes' lectures while hiking or walking.
This leads to the final ingredient for a free education system - credential boards.
Because with everybody teaching themselves and getting their education from the internet, in order to become employable the quality of their autodidactic education must somehow be confirmed. And we already several models to pull from to see how they work.
The computer/IT industry is full of various certification and credentials IT/computer professionals need to have in order to work places. The CPA society also sets up tests you need to take before you can become a CPA. There are various nursing credentials and tests you need to take before becoming a nurse. California doesn't require you attend law school, just that you pass the bar exam. Even something as simple as getting your CDL (commercial driver's license) is an example of where the student does not need an overbloated education system.
But what if we did that for ALL careers and professions? That instead of unnecessarily forcing millions of young people every year to waste 4 years of their youth and $120,000 in student loans to make "Karen in HR" happy you have a bachelors degree, the government set up certification boards that would give you the equivalent of bachelors degree if you passed? That instead of funding the education industry to the tune of $1 trillion per year, the government instead just spent $10 billion a year establishing, running, and administering testing facilities that would certify you educated in whatever field you wanted? Better yet, what if the government forced employers and industries to set up their own testing and accreditation protocols, and/or mandated that credentialed people were to be treated just as equally as the morons who wasted 4 years in college on a "real degree?"
I know the next step would be to have employers provide on-the-job training (and what a "horror" that would be), but the larger point is this nightmare of higher education would be gone. Students would no longer have to waste 4 years in college to get an entry level position. Young people would not be financially crippled forever at 22. Employers would be humbled to hire able people, not overly-educated ones. And nobody would be wasting 2 years of their finite and precious youth on those infernal "pre-req" classes.
I know America's privileged little cunts wouldn't get their precious "college experience," but who cares about them? They're the morons who can't understand how the compound interest works on their student loans.
The Clarey School System of Free Education
And so in its final form, this auto-didactic and near-free education system would go something like this.
No matter how old or young you are, you are allowed to study anything you want for free on the internet. And if you wanted, you could test at either an industry or government facility to earn your degree or credential in "Accounting" "History" "Education" or "Biology." By government law, employers would be forced to treat your credential as a college equivalent. And bar the fees it takes to pay for the test, you don't pay a dime in tuition.
You can study on your own time. You can study while you work the night shift at a warehouse. You can study while you're on a cruise traveling. And you can study at 12 if you're smart enough, thereby bypassing the hell that is known as k-12 education, becoming an engineer at 16.
No more "Bachelors Required, Masters preferred."
No more student loan debt.
No more crippled financial futures.
And no more taxes for a K-college education system.
Public colleges and universities would be closed, the buildings of which could be repurposed to help alleviate the housing shortage/costs. Professors and college administrators would have to get real jobs, perhaps maybe serve us our coffee for a change. Stupid kids, with rich parents could attend private schools and waste their time on "the college experience." And those of you with a penchant for teaching could make millions being the best "calculus" teacher or "home auto-repair" teacher on the internet (much like it is done today, and ALSO without a "PhD" or "teacher's license).
And never, ever, ever again
will a single American
have to take one of those worthless pre-req liberal arts classes.
But of course none of this will come to fruition. Because American, as I've said before, are an incredibly stupid people. Just let it never be said we didn't have a simple, simple solution to turn off the electricity to the Nakatomi Plaza.
Consider purchasing "Worthless: The Young Person's Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major." It costs $12.95. You degree will cost $120,000. Don't be stupid.
Also consider purchasing
"Bachelor Pad Economics"