Some Thoughts on the State-Church (University)

When an individual has completed a stage of indoctrination in the state-church, the burden of his initiation must be born by any investor who wants to employ him. If the state has done what it claims to do and enriched the individual with desirable qualities at an unbeatable price; the state has done the individual a service and provided opportunity for investors. If the state has either failed to provide desirable skills or if it has created a burden that prospective investors will not bear; it has wronged the individual by using coercion to prevent his employment and wronged investors similarly.

Unfortunately, the latter case is history. America’s low employment is the wreckage caused by government intrusion. Somehow, to the pacifist left, it comes as a surprise that a fundamentally violent institution can only destroy. Investors have been chased off to friendlier environments like communist China. As a result, opportunities exist for millions of foreigners that have been denied to Americans. Their inability to distinguish between genus and phylum and the fact that they haven’t read Pride and Prejudice don’t seem to be major obstacles.

Instead of apologizing for this disaster, the state has assured Americans that its very concerned with the ‘jobs problem’ and has proposed further coercion as a solution. “We need to create more jobs” they say. As if these things come off an assembly line and production hasn’t met quota.

To invest other people’s capital in another round of state-sanctioned ‘education’ is to overlook the clear lack of demand for such a thing. When a person says that higher education is financially inaccessible, they are questioning the right of an investor to his own resources. Investors will not support a liberal arts degree because indoctrination in the state-church is worthless for their purposes.

In the opening paragraph of the executive summary for Colorado’s higher-education plan titled Colorado Competes, it is stated that the “primary performance goal” is to increase the number who hold “high-quality post secondary credentials.” An estimate that 67% of Colorado’s workforce will need “high-quality post secondary credentials” by 2018 is cited. However, the cited study makes no mention of “high-quality” anything. Instead, the study displays graphics made using statistical data concerning the portion of jobs held by individuals with various levels of certified education. Based on trends, the study extrapolates to provide estimates for future years. There are no business plans or letters from CEOs who need more ‘educated’ labor. It is only an assumption that these trends are driven by demand and that they will continue.

 

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