This New York Times article on the rising demand for college degrees to gain an employment opportunity prompted these thoughts...
Education used to be about teaching people how to think. Now we teach how to do. These computer clickers our schools are churning out now, however, are practically void of logic or problem solving skills because they've never learned to analyze or think critically.
Look at Texas: they even wanted to keep critical thinking out of schools because it "taught kids to challenge traditional structures and authorities."
Then we have the "leave no child behind" initiatives which have just made our schools holding pins for idiots until they turn 18. We've seen the results of this policy: graduation classes that can barely read the road signs on their way towards mediocrity.
So yes, there may be more degrees floating around, but people are dumber--even with all their access to the internet. It's obvious why businesses want a college degree at a minimum!
This whole overpriced education can be seen a ploy to keep us indebted. The younger generations are being neutered. Public education gets gutted while the capitalist scheme continues funneling the wealth, wages, and time of people who actually work and produce goods and services upward to the mega-rich. The whole world knows it: England, Germany, France, Australia... they're all wondering what the policy makers in this country are doing. Are the business interests in Washington and the politicians they fund trying to destroy this country, or just get their hands on as much of the good stuff so long as it's available?
What we've witnessing is the collapse of our hydrocarbon economy because we're running out of cheep sources of oil. Gas prices will never go down by the degree they have in the past. Energy will continue to become more expensive. As Saudi Arabia's oil wells shrivel, we're being forced to "find our own energy."
Racists love this because it means America will finally be able to give Arabs a big middle finger as that area of the world runs out of its economic base, thereby engendering an endless supply of disfranchised terrorist that those racists can then go out and find with their guns.
But where are we looking for "our own energy?" It's ain't easy to find. Look: Alberta Tar Sands; Hydraulic-Fracturing; and as Climate Change continues to melt the ice caps and glaciers, deep see Arctic drilling. All these sources have a capture ratio of like 1 to 2. It takes essentially a barrel of oil to make two with these hard to get sources of oil. The sweet crude we've been running our economy on hyper-drive for the last century had a ratio of 1 to 10.0 So there may be much more oil out there, but not really because it take oil to make oil. And now it's starting to take 9 times more oil than what our economy has been used to.
The point is: we're running out of energy, the economy will continue to slow, and the rich know it. They also know these new techniques for getting oil require TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF WATER. It's really crazy. We're already running low on water and snow packs melt earlier in the year. And it also requires chemicals. Freaky chemicals that then get into our already diminishing sources of water just so we can continue to commute 50 to 100 miles to work from the suburbs.
People have always predicted it in the past, yes, but then we find another source of cheep oil. This will never be the case again. With space-aged advanced remote sensing techniques that utilize electro-magnetic imagery and a bunch of other super-physics things most people know barely anything about, we've already mapped out every last drop of oil on the planet--and there's like 40 years of it left. We've essentially used up half of all the good stuff, and there's more people on the planet now, stretching our reveres even more.
So what's gonna happen? I predict we'll just enter another feudal age after we run out of oil. This neo-feudal world will controlled by essentially the same people who control stuff now. They're currently in the process of amassing resources and private armies and security forces to enforce their will when the time comes. The initial phases of the collapse will be crazy, though. Billions will die because the only way we're currently feeding billions is with cheep oil. The government will collapse or just cease to be relevant after we reach 50% unemployment and 80% food insecurity. Drought, famine, all that stuff. It's not fiction; these things are already happening. Corn crops are getting scorched in the summer while the east coast gets ripped to shreds by storms in the winter. The money is running out to continually rebuild.
You can infer the rest. Feudal lords. They will put the rest of us to work in the fields. And they'll war with each other and we'll have to fight their wars like we have in the past and continue to do today.
The one thing that is historically unprecedented is this oil and the boom it gave us: humanity will never ever again enjoy such an energy source: the energy source that makes this type of world possible.
The technological arguments also hold little weight and have been considered. The bottom line is: solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear are all impossible from an energy balance standpoint without oil. They are nothing but auxiliary energy sources, dependent upon oil.
Why aren't people hearing this and taking it seriously? Crappy educations and television. Television has done a great job in taking a nation of enlightened thinkers and turning them into the zombies only fictional horror movies have been portraying as fantasies rather than the actuality that becoming of us.
You can read more about this by checking out James Howard Kunstler's book, The Long Emergency.