Elon Musk Doesn’t Give a Damn About Your Degree

This was a very interesting interview with Elon Musk about college degrees and the value of them. Its important to note due to the extraordinary costs of college that obtaining a degree is not an indicator of exceptional ability. It might make whomever has a college degree attractive to an employer looking for someone who won’t rock the boat and will give predictable results as an employee. But having the degree won’t by itself produce an employee who will change the world. Exceptional ability can’t be bought and to a large degree that has been the message. That college will produce better employees than those without a degree, and that simply isn’t true. Not in any way. People who are driven and are accomplished don’t need a college degree and its interesting that Musk who employs lots of technical people in his companies is willing to take a position on college, but I agree with him. To my experience a college degree holds people back, it doesn’t help them and is certainly an element to consider when the cost of obtaining one is so incredibly high.

Nobody wants to hear that all the hard work and money they spent on a college degree was a waste. Of course it’s going to hurt the feelings of the people who have a degree to hear that the world really doesn’t value them. But really the whole concept goes back to the Wizard of Oz story were at the end the main characters were given pieces of paper stating that they had a brain, or a heart and were therefore valuable to society. The suggestion that the college experience would take a nobody and make them into somebody is a falsehood that our governments have essentially perpetuated to keep everyone in a compliant culture. The person who works hard for the sake of discovery and self-preservation is more likely to be that exceptional employee that everyone is looking for.

But then again, not everyone is looking for an exceptional employee. Elon Musk certainly is, otherwise Tesla and Space X wouldn’t be such market drivers in modern science. But many companies, especially those with rigid cultures well established don’t want some crazy hard worker coming along that wants to change the world. They may well be looking for the drunk, the loser, the whore that embarrassed themselves in college so that they will fit well into their current culture of complacency. That after all is the big secret that most employers are dealing with. While the ownership and board may want the exceptional results that drive up value, the management does not. What most work cultures want is compliance and nothing more and for that, the college degree is perfect for them.

Elon Musk of course is coming from the perspective of a change agent in the technical fields. The proof is in cultures that are very top heavy in college graduates but are lacking in technical innovation. Take China for instance, a very compliant culture where education structure is well understood. There is a reason they have to steal so much technology from countries like the United States. That is what students learn in college, to copy what the professor instructs them, but they don’t learn to think. The college graduate is typically good at unpacking something that is already known, but they can’t invent it from scratch. That is fine if the results desired are not ambitious. But if the desire is to always push for innovation, then more of a gunslinger approach is needed, an individual who is quick on their feet, willing to take risks and push forward ideas and to explore their potentials fearlessly. In the United States we have great experience with this kind of business approach and many of the best in our entrepreneurial fields have not obtained success through college.

In truth colleges are filled with those who can’t do things in real life, that’s why they seek the safety of the university system to obtain employment. What they sell to potential students is simply the boon of a typical snake oil salesman. They are selling Dumbo’s feather to give false confidence into their recipients making them think that it is the feather that makes them fly, not their own ears. By the time a student leaves a four year degree, or a six, the world has changed yet again and they enter the workplace a half a decade behind the cutting edge trends. The ones who are on those trends are the bold and ambitious who get there the old-fashioned way, through tenacity and lots, and lots of hard work. You can’t fake success and you certainly can’t buy your way into it.

People are more willing to talk about the failures of the college system now than they were just a few years ago. Given the amount of college graduates that we have now, and the cost of college to begin with, we should all be beaming with intelligence. I have the advantage of watching my two daughters’ generation who just came out of this age. Many of their friends, a few that come to mind have been going to college for over a decade, have actually regressed intellectually. They entered their college years unfocused and changed their majors many times over and simply went because their parents told them to. So much of the money spent was to discover themselves and sure enough, in college there were many liberal professors there to show them the ways to liberalism and socialism. When my wife and I went we didn’t have a good time. I hated every stinking minute of it, because it was obvious to me that the whole thing was a scam. And with my wife, she went round and round with her professors who were far more interested in getting her to read the Quran and to re-write the history of the Revolutionary War to include the crime of slavery as the biggest concern instead of the liberty and independence of all people, which is what the war was all about. I was very offended personally by this activism. It’s not that learning about other cultures is a problem with me. Quite the opposite, there are probably few people out there who care about other cultures as much as I do. What I didn’t like about the college experience is that they were actively putting down American culture and that pissed me off 30 years ago and I feel no differently now. Colleges with just a few exceptions are incubators for liberalism and the longer kids spend there, the worse they become.

The most cutting edge of us have known it all along. The rest of the world is coming to it. But college is a scam that sells nothing but air. It’s like buying bottled water when you can get perfectly good water right out of the faucet. They declare that what you are getting in college is better, and cleaner. But water is water, and many of us don’t like the additives that do come in the bottled version. With college we are essentially programming people toward a compliance based political ideology. We aren’t teaching them to think, which an employer like Elon Musk is always on the lookout for. It’s only a matter of time before the need for bold and ambitious people in a marketplace that requires dynamics overrules the desire for compliance-based employees who do what you tell them to do, and nothing more. In the kind of exploding economy that we have now, we don’t have time to wait for students to leave college to enter the marketplace and we certainly don’t have a decade to wait for them to deprogram themselves into being reasonable people again. We need people to learn more things fast and with greater independence, and for that we will never get them in abundance from a college graduate.

Rich Hoffman

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College Has Always Been and Continues to Be, a Scam

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about it, but my article on the most successful people who never went to college, which I produced nine years ago continues to be one of my most popular, and most accurate. With all the talk these days about that collapsed dream, the scandal of parents buying off college admissions, the socialist proposal for free college for everyone paid for by the state, and the general liberal nature of the whole experience the truth is never talked about regarding the necessity of college and how it was designed from the beginning for all the wrong social matrixes. At the heart of liberalism is the desire for social tiers, the kind of structure where blood lines mattered and the power one obtained in life depended on the ancient notion of what kind of family one derived from. Much of the world still functions from that primitive state where even weddings are arranged between families to preserve bloodline authenticity. It’s an ancient notion that we have outgrown in the United States and it has taken the world a long time to accept the idea. The truth is that college and the concept of it was invented to preserve that ancient notion and to avoid the realities of capitalism and the merit-based society that derived from it.

It doesn’t take much to understand why parents like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin would go to so much trouble to get their kids into a prestigious school, because they understood that the nature of the endeavor wasn’t to actually teach their children anything, it was what going to a specific school meant to their future lives in the form of social structure. Even in the way that people follow sports teams of their alma mater there is a notion that has replaced family blood lines present that still preserves the European, or even Asian notion of kingdom building and where one fell on the structure of royalty. By going to a school with a reputation for giving social access to its students, just having attended the place meant that a level of social acceptance would be granted to the student participant. In the same way a child born under some family name might have been a complete idiot, but due to the abilities of some great-grandfather who managed to curry favor in some king’s court a hundred years ago, that reputation still gave that idiot access to owning good lands, and a higher stock of a wife just because of the family name.

When America came along with its capitalism and a merit-based culture this whole bloodline thing died quick. It didn’t matter who your daddy was, if you were smart, ambitious, and hardworking, you could become anything you wanted. That’s how it worked in theory anyway and does in practice. But reluctantly, those who were lazy, and certainly not willing to do the hard work to climb a ladder toward success enjoyed the tiered structure of yesteryear where you were invited to social events based on your family name. As the bloodline sentiment died away in Western culture, the idea that University participation would replace it became more urgent and it took hold for about 50 years in the United States. But it has never been a priority in America because deep in our hearts we know the truth, that college participation is not emphasized to gain intelligence or to learn anything, its to satisfy the whims of a social class that is desperately hanging on to an ancient notion of class structure that would protect them from a merit based society.

We are learning now that the notion of a college scam has had a crippling effect on our economy in the West as it has been expanding faster than there were minds filling its needs. Kids going to college were learning all the wrong things and it has been taking them decades to unlearn all the bad things they learned there. The reality in the business world has been that Yale name as a alma mater still got you an interview, or even a job by a boss who still valued such things, but it certainly didn’t give anybody an advantage over another applicant who was actually smarter and harder working. Following the alma mater route has crippled companies with sub par employees who just weren’t as effective as a merit-based hire.

Effectively public education has always pushed the college notion in preparing young minds to attend the institutions of higher learning. The government schools of course want to keep this bloodline notion alive because it makes the lazy and unimaginative seem less complacent. Government for its purposes doesn’t want a free flying mind that will challenge its authority all its life, it wants the clipped wings of all those who fall under its authority. So the purpose of any government sponsored education system isn’t to teach a mind to be free and independent, but to have its wings clipped so it stays on the ground and under the control of the government through a structure they find acceptable. And for many of them, if they can have a decent house, a decent car and some money for social events, they are happy to trade what they could be for what their lazy natures prefer. Public schools spent all their time breaking kids down into their proper structures that would follow them all through life, then the colleges would finish the job. If a student managed to go to college, they would then get access to an interview at a company playing along with this system where you could only interview if you had a bachelor’s degree. Or that you couldn’t get a pay raise unless you had a master’s or doctorate. The effort there was to preserve that ancient system so that the participate would trade a free life for that of a clipped winged life so that they could have a good paying job.

But the reality has not been conducive to that sentiment. Employers have discovered that merit is the best indicator of getting the best people for a job. And that list I published all those years ago show that college has nothing to do with success as long as capitalism allows merit to rule over the old bloodline notion. Don’t marry that spouse just because they went to the same school as you did, but because you love them. Just as many couples ran away from arranged marriages in Europe seeking an authentic experience over a socially arranged one. We have seen that companies do better with hard-working and hungry applicants instead of one who went to Harvard by brown-nosing their way through life to arrive at a job interview filled with liberal propaganda and to play company politics like the Game of Thrones just so they can get the corner office. Companies wanted something better for themselves and the college graduate has not given it to them.

The reality is that the entire concept of college, while admirable conceptually, is entirely a scam designed to extract vast amounts of wealth from parents who secretly just want a good life for their kids. To get at that wealth colleges had to convince society that parents could buy a bloodline status for their children with a tuition fee, and that has worked for the most part until our expanding economy revealed the truth of it all. When companies had no choice but to consider employees without college degrees the ruse was revealed and now the entire structure has come into question, as it should. And liberalism all along thought they had a fertile ground for their future existence by forcing anybody who wanted to play the bloodline game to run their gauntlet of liberal propaganda. But now they have all been exposed and what we are seeing are the remnants of that belief system. And its sad to see given its true form which has been revealed by the neurotics that were revealed in the great college scandal stories of our present time. The parents never did really care if their children learned anything. They just wanted to give them a name which would give them access to decent things in life. And that kind of life value never had a place in a capitalist country just as the future will determine such things to be even less so.

Rich Hoffman

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Don’t Go To College: Save your money for something that matters

Except for the specific sciences, the pronouncement that a college education is not only a detrimental act against one’s own finances, but is a crime against the potential of all individuals can now be made. I say this knowing a great many friends and family members, who possess masters and doctorate degrees, yet it is clear that the value of those degrees are virtually meaningless in the context of a capitalist society which is why many who pursue such degrees consciously, or unconsciously seek to undermine capitalism and support communism.

For me the final straw was listening to the teachers of Chicago declare that they deserved a drastic increase in their pay due to their value to society as displayed by the number of professional teachers who possess advanced degrees. In fact this is heard continuously by all teachers whether it is the local kindergarten teacher of a local public school or the college professor brown-nosing their way into a tenured position at the university of choice. College as it was conceived and sold to America, and the world during the socialist yearnings of Woodrow Wilson as president of Princeton University then of The United States desired to make young men as much unlike their fathers as possible. He desired to remake America’s youth into the vision determined by the progressive elite-the pretentious Victorians of New York and greater New England. Then came Franklin D. Roosevelt who brought to America even more socialism with his learned eye toward Europe where his older cousin Teddy had carried so much prominence. The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia had the eyes of the world glued upon the ideas of Karl Marx, and the media in America were enchanted by this new form of government that could allow “evasion” in human nature to produce a good and fruitful middleclass—led by academia of course. Then there was the former school teacher and ever-present womanizer Lyndon B. Johnston, a president who envisioned The Great Society straight out of the orgie porgie in the great novel, A Brave New World. He brought unprecedented levels of socialism to America as KGB communist infiltrators began to penetrate the American education system paved on the backs of Roosevelt’s work twenty years prior.

All the characters mentioned pushed in great abundance to the American public that in order to succeed in life one needed a college education and America began to build its economy around the institution of education and like mindless drones, millions upon millions of Americans bought into the theory because college to them was a wonderful invention. It could allow a human being to purchase their success in life. The belief that was sold to the American public was that the value of a college degree was equitable to the investment into higher education, and the truth is that college has turned out to be just another Ponzi scheme where the first investors reaped all the benefits, while those who entered at the bottom, found that once the system became saturated with investment, that they were left holding the bill. College is the failure of the social tampering instigated primarily by the American presidents mentioned and it has been a social failure. As the Chicago teachers settled their strike with Chicago’s mayor—which was a trick all along as reported months ago here at Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom as a scheme to show that unions across the country could still strike and get what they wanted, encouraging massive protests all across the country as outlined in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto—millions of college age kids are leaving college with nearly six figures in dept, and without a good paying job to support them. They are the victims of the great social lie that concealed college as one of the greatest scams ever concocted on a mass public.

The product of college is that by practicing evasion, a degree–especially an advanced one–will purchase a successful future. This is a lie. As discussed here at the OW evasion is one of the greatest failures being conducted by the human race. The idea that young people can attend college and participate in binge drinking, which is social evasion—experiment with uncommitted sexual relationships, which is relationship evasion—and can subscribe to the collectivist theories of the extremely left leaning instructors who teach because they cannot do in real life, which is a complete evasion of reality–it is no wonder that the college experience has been an unmitigated failure. Colleges have sold a lie, that people can purchase success by practicing evasion. Such a scheme only works in public sector jobs where tax payer money can be looted to supplement their financial ineptitude which is the case of the public school teachers in Chicago who are so foolish to believe that they are entitled to such outrageous sums of money because they are members of the academic elite—a promise given to them with their belief in LBJ’s Great Society that so many baby boomers found themselves seduced by.

College is a waste of money, because the products of the university system falsely believe they can evade responsibility in life with the purchase of tuition. The result is millions of young people hitting the marketplace of America with no real skills and lacking the can-do spirit that made America great. They believe they paid the price of college tuition and upon graduation arrived at success, when in fact they have done nothing to earn it. Success can only be found with hard work, and that is something that money cannot purchase. The hard work dictated by a socialist—communist loving college professor do not count in life any more than a back yard game between children matters in the grand scheme of things. The professor’s college tasks are simply an illusion to help sell the college scam. The skills the professor provides are of little use in the real world marketplace and sadly millions are finally starting to figure it out……………………..all too late.

The great lie that college will make a person successful, as it was sold to America was out of a desire to believe a human being can practice evasion and still have a successful life, and this is terribly untrue. The architects of The Great Society, such as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnston believed they could create a society of government workers who would be promoted through the ranks by the amount of money they put into education, but they ignored the “quality” of the education. Like everything the progressive does, value is lost to them, so money has no meaning. How money is made is a complete mystery to them other than their ability as politicians to confiscate it legally through taxation. So their assumption has always been, the more expensive the education, the better. They also believe that the more expensive the teacher, the better. This simple thought process has destroyed education, and ruined the lives of millions of Americans, and has brought the nation to its very knees. And it was all done by design—just ask the former KGB agents who helped create these beliefs within Americas own political parties through progressivism/communism policy in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. It’s all spelled out in the old book The Naked Communist—line by line, conspiracy theory free.

Colleges only have value in a communist society where the mind of mankind has been turned off, ambition is controlled by the academic elite, and values are governed by the state. This is why so many college students and teachers at universities are open socialists who protest against capitalism. Those who have wasted their life savings sending their child to one of these socialism factories are guilty of buying into the lie that evasion can produce success with the power of the dollar. It is not true. It has never been true and it will never be true. Education must be detached from the communism aspect of teaching evasion before success can ever be obtained. Colleges in the years to come will be forced to realign their cost structure to center around the sciences. The days where most of society goes to college are over, because the colleges have failed to do what they were commissioned to do—educate students. Instead, they elected to become cogs in a wheel of communist thought created by minds who believed the methods of communism as practiced by the Soviet Union were evil, but the communist ideas of shared sacrifice and living for the common good are noble. All of communism is bad, and vile. Any idea rooted in collectivism is destined to fail as all cultures who have practiced it over time have failed over and over infinitely. And college the way it has been hijacked for the last 100 years committed themselves to the communism of Karl Marx overwhelmingly, and they are responsible for much of America’s current economic failures.

Parents who wished for their children great success by sending them to college have only thrown chains upon those young heads and shoulders. The well-intentioned parents believed they could purchase a good life for their children by allowing themselves and their offspring to mentally evade the reality of living. Yes, what I am saying here challenges most of the foundations that all of society is built upon, but it must be challenged, because society has been, and currently is wrong in its approach. Like any addict, the addicts of evasion must admit that their trust in college to create good, well-balanced, citizens is a failure. And those thinking of attending college need to hold their money and starve the beasts out of existence. Universities must be forced away from communism and into competition with the denial of tuition money, and tax payer funding. They must be forced to live in a free and open marketplace where their ideas of communism will be tested against the opposition of capitalism. Many of those evasion factories called colleges will fail, and go out of business. But time cannot stop that now. Colleges must be forced to acknowledge their true social value instead of their marketed value that is hidden behind sports programs and scientific discoveries that are only in their infancy. And all that begins by not feeding the beasts of communist thought any more hard-earned dollars and letting it crumble under its own incessant hunger.

Beware of the politician who declares that college is the answer to a good life. Beware even further the politician who says that education spending needs to be increased so the value of education will also increase. These are characters that are practicing communists even if they reject the title. Their actions define them. And in their plots of misery, served up with spoonfuls of tyranny, they have led a majority of America down a path that only a few have survived unscathed. And it is up to those few to help the others come to the realization that they have been scammed in a great Ponzi scheme that has only enriched the “education class” at the expense of future technological innovation and economic growth.

Rich Hoffman

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