This is Crazy

"This is a major, major, major deal. And I can't emphasize that enough, man. This is crazy... Now get off your asses and do something..." -New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, to the federal government (following Hurricane Katrina in 2005).

Sunday, March 4, 2012

FAITH IN THE FUTURE. DISGUST WITH THE PAST.

ARE THE TIDES TURNING?

If you begin to study the forces behind the student debt crisis- and the attitudes that allow it to persist at our own national economic peril- you inevitably find some analysis of the generational differences of the respective beneficiaries and victims of this rancid system. 

Yes, I used the word victim. A generation of young people who were encouraged to educate themselves and take on student loan debt for ever-increasing tuition, while politicians and corporations were decreasing their investment in the national infrastructure and related job market, have indeed been victims of a type of crime. 

Conning and exploiting a nation's younger generation of students for the benefit of a certain segment of the senior generations is not only unethical, but extremely shortsighted, regressive and damaging. 

But that's the kind of thing sociopathic pigs do. They take and take selfishly. They have little or no concern for others. They erroneously feel they have earned all that they have (never seeing how they have taken advantage of, or benefited from, the society they live in) and resent any actions by others who try to access even basic fairness, or success. They gloat or blame, but tend to rarely be objective and honest about the issues.

Sound like the Baby Boomer Generation- the beast that eats it's young? Yup, it is.

"I've Got Mine": Not all Boomers are greedy sociopaths, but as a whole they have really done a shitty job with things and have run the country into the ground, while constantly putting their interests first.
Of course there are exceptions, and not all people born in one era can be described by a few sweeping generalizations, but collectively this group has been exceptionally greedy, self-centered and disgusting in their approach to human existence. And the evidence is all around us, from the state of the economy, to foreign relations, and the environment. 

It has been suggested that with less emphasis on global consciousness and multi-culturalism in their youth, these folks were prime candidates for developing attitudes of false superiority, and believing nationalistic propaganda during more prosperous times in our history. One can often see this reflected in conversations with Boomers, as it is pervasive in their attitudes, and political views.

The Guinea Pig Generation: If only they knew then what they know now.

As someone in my mid-thirties, I feel I am from the "Guinea Pig Generation", although not a term used by sociologists. "The American Gravy Train" started coming off the tracks, as my generation experienced their early twenties in the 9/11 era, and later suffered greatly by the Wall Street Economic Raping of 2008, that caused so much destruction. More than three decades of failed economic policy and political terrorism against the non-elite was starting to manifest in some obvious ways.

We spent our childhoods being marketed the virtues of higher education and career fulfillment. From parents, teachers, politicians, and personal finance "experts" we were told education was the key to success and a worthy investment in our futures.

Our Boomer parents hoped to see us achieve even more than they had- as if increasing materialism were a sustainable concept. But we were actually some of the first to realize that a college degree was not quite as useful as we were told it was, and had expected it to be. This led many of us to fall for the "more is better" trap of graduate schools and advanced degrees. 

We were the first to struggle en masse with crushing debt loads from college, and to have six figure debts. We were the generation of the unpaid internship, and the "increasingly global economy" that was so often a selling point in our "versatile degree" choices. 

Our generation watched once-respected degrees like Law reduced to worthless rip-off scams, and life-long debt nightmares for people who should have been in a position to help our country grow and prosper in all ways. 

It is a despairing situation to say the least. But in the last year I have found a cause for hope. There is a younger generation that seems to be more conscious at an earlier phase of their development than mine was. They have had the unfortunate advantage of seeing the shit storm unfold in their youth, and the wise are reading the writing on the wall. 

They are engaged (with those from other generations who are paying attention) in Occupy Wall Street and related efforts. They are resurrecting student governments on campuses to be places of political change, and not resume builders. They talk about student debt at conferences, workshops and parties. They voice their concern online and in the streets.

I have been to two recent events and the students there were WAY MORE aware of the evils of corporate and political corruption that threaten them than the Guinea Pigs ever were, or the Boomers care to realize.

Check out: Default: The Student Loan Documentary and Student Labor Action Project and United States Student Association

I am proud of this young generation. I even heard a high school senior at a talk about student debt, who was worried about "investing" in college at all. The Guinea Pigs were just letting high school guidance counselors tell them to go to the best school they could get into at that age. 

Times are finally changing. I think this generation is the one who will take it back for us in this country, if it ever is to happen. And we can all work together on that.

Sure, there are the dumbasses amongst them who can't go five seconds without text messaging, or who think Keeping Up With the Kardashians or Jersey Shore are good shows- but they are young still, and every group has a variety within it. Unlike, the generation that came before me, I care about those coming after us. Waking up is the first step, and these guys woke up early. 

Keep up the good work! Here's a great article related to this subject.

Hell yeah!!

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful and powerful entry, Paul. I want to see you post more often, if your schedule allows. We need your voice online. If OWS comes back strong, expect some support from this corner this time around. Someone recently pointed out that the scamblogs are simply one facet of the change that will come.

    The Boomers are self-absorbed, selfish pigs. See Star Jones's comments on "whiny" graduates. We need to turn this thing around. We sure as hell cannot count on the Boomer cockroaches to do anything helpful. You can't teach an old pig new tricks.

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  2. If securities rules applied to research grants, half the professulas would be in jail! Professulas, trial lawyers and union organizers are Obama's core constituencies. Universities, libraries, museums and other public beneficiaries extort their patrons to lobby on their behalf with taxpayer resources. They even encourage students to max out their loans and invest the proceeds so the school can up its total. Obama learned when he worked for Don Kent at tuition-funded Arms Race Alternatives, while denying admission to Young Americans for Freedom and the Social Democrats. Ted Markowitz used the Xerox 9700 to make fliers for the 1982 June 12th nuclear freezers, but persecuted students for smaller infractions. They destroyed a supply side hero like Jeff Bell! "UPI June 6, 1992 Sovern took over at Columbia after student protests of 1968 and New York's fiscal problems in the '70s resulted in less financial support for the school, a situation made more dire by recent federal government budget cuts. . . But Columbia will be looking for a new president in a period troubled by criticism for destroying records that were being reviewed for improprieties. Universities in general have been under greater scrutiny for how they charge the government for federally sponsored research." When Obama falls in 2010, we should go through the grant-grubbing Ivy Leagues with a flame thrower! Ivy League universities are not good at getting students jobs, only grants to be commie nutty organizers. If you are liberal, anything you do is inherently ethical for the cause, but if you are a conservative, and believe in GOD, family or business, your very moral fiber, even down to trivial autonomic responses, is subject to persecution as either dangerously criminal or the result of clinical illness. Bush 43 had two Ivy degrees and they treated him as stupid because he was conservative even though he had better grades and entrance scores and took a lot tougher courses than Gore. Professors are the ultimate molestor high priests because they extort and control your transcripts and your grants if you turn them in. Like a cult, they will make your children denounce you and everything you stand for as unworthy. The lowest level university bureaucrats offer the worst affectations. No business ever trusts such left wing graduates who don't believe in capitalism and become crooks because they are taught the only way business makes money is crooked so they seek to avenge their unemployability through their own crookedness. The universities consider real jobs and competition beneath them, so they want their little sissies to live off grants, even in the hard sciences or business. How many of their engineering professors have Professional Engineering certification? Almost none! They love foreign students who slave up and don't expect professors to actually work for the tuition, like Americans do. (Surely You Are Joking Feynman p 215 "If I ask you a question during the lecture, afterwards everybody will be telling me, 'What are you wasting our time for in the class? We're trying to learn something. And you're stopping him by asking a question'." ) No middle class parent should consider sending their kids there, because these schools will destroy your entire family. See Zac Bissonnette's Debt-Free U. In his 2010 book on universities (p35) Columbia provost Jonathan Cole brags that undergarduates and their parents are suckers who fund the platform from which professulas can then rape taxpayers with grants. This is why they created Obama - to rape the taxpayer. It is high time to force the professulas to only have corporate support for their research, then we wouldn't be gouged like global warming and nuclear winter.

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  3. I know. I really resent all of Boomer Woodstock generation hippies as well, and all of the Rock and Roll sham rebels that grew so wealthy such as Mick Jagger.

    The late Philospphy Professor Allan Bloom had Mick Jagger's number, who, he said, winked with one eye at all of his financial backers all the while.

    Life can be so simple.

    But the American Mind is closed and nihlistic and ended up turning Higher Education into a mere commodity.

    Once Nihlism set in, and value relativism, why value Education as important at all? And why not turn it into a money making enterprise, no differnt than fast junk food?

    McCollege or McUniversity, or McLaw School.

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