Yes, it is, alas…

25 Aug

China is a totalitarian society without complete state ownership of the means of production; they allow private companies and profits, but not free speech, religion, press, etc.

The entire West is headed towards the same thing, just from a different original direction…

America, while previously lagging behind, seems now to be leading the way…


16 responses to “Yes, it is, alas…

  1. fuzziewuzziebear

    August 25, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    This is something that can’t be done if they expect to survive. They are deliberately alienating ordinary people doing ordinary things. They don’t look like BLM, they look like college kids. Something tells me that defunding higher education is going to get very popular in the future.

    • Will S.

      August 25, 2020 at 10:25 pm

      In this vid, they look like antifa types. In another vid, they look more like BLM.

      Whatever; they’re hardly distinguishable in tactics anyway…

      Yes – if businesses stop requiring employees to have the magic paper for so many jobs.

      • fuzziewuzziebear

        August 26, 2020 at 12:56 am

        I think that a college degree is a substitute for an intelligence test. Employers were prohibited from making prospective employees go through that and they went to asking for credentials. Captain Capitalism suggested that it may be better to just train high school students. Keep them away from university and they won’t get brainwashed.

      • Will S.

        August 26, 2020 at 1:19 am

        If businesses would offer apprenticeships again, like centuries ago, then no need for university / college…

      • Dave

        August 26, 2020 at 6:52 pm

        Apprenticeships ended with the French Revolution because muh freedumb. Nothing is an asset if you don’t own it, so the emancipation of slaves, serfs, and apprentices severed relationships that once guided people into useful occupations, which role was then filled by public education.

        A man still wants to pass on skills to his sons even if he holds no legal sway over them, but then social reformers proceeded to emancipate women, so now men can’t have sons either.

        Much as death transforms a human being into putrid, shapeless mass of bacteria and fungi, freedom transforms a healthy organic nation, with its close-knit web of mutual obligations, into a horde of third-world refugees.

        Note: We still have contracts, with two major flaws: You’re ready to start learning at age 6 but not able to sign a contract until 18, and contracts related to marriage are almost never enforced.

    • feeriker

      August 26, 2020 at 9:53 am

      Something tells me that defunding higher education is going to get very popular in the future.

      Summary trials and executions, Stalin-style (hey, the Left LOVES Stalin, don’t they?) of Left-wing academics and university administrators would have an even more salutary effect. Even the nitwits that make up today’s “student bodies” would be smart enough to get the message if that happened.

      • fuzziewuzziebear

        August 26, 2020 at 2:46 pm

        If Uncle Joe were standing at my shoulder reading this, He would be laughing.

  2. Hun

    August 26, 2020 at 10:31 am

    China is more free than the West. Just avoid publicly criticizing the party or pissing off a high-party official, but these rules are clear and obvious to everybody.

    • Will S.

      August 26, 2020 at 11:02 am

      I guess they’re past the revolutionary phase, and now into a comfortable social stasis…

  3. Elspeth

    August 26, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    I think that a college degree is a substitute for an intelligence test.

    I can’t count the number of times I’ve read this drivel over the past decade. My husband, who is -I suppose- well credentialed to do the job he does, has never stepped foot on a college campus as a student. He’s easily among the most resourceful, thoughtful, intelligent people I have ever met, bias acknowledged. He’s an excellent problem solver.

    Thankfully he got started in the mid-90s when certifications and knowledge were enough to propel him forward. Now, guys (still a male dominated field for now) are being required to get a 4-year degree (sometimes even a Master’s to get where he is now. And they mostly have very little practical knowledge of fabrication or problem solving in unconventional situations.

    That’s before we even begin discussing plain ol’ common sense which is in short supply.

    We don’t need college degrees as evidence of intelligence. Mine hasn’t proven me to be any smarter than my husband that’s for sure. There are plenty of simple ways to test for literacy and knowledge. On the job training is a thing, degree or not, so I fail to see why we’re doing this. This is all we’re producing:

    • Will S.

      August 26, 2020 at 2:43 pm


      Agree completely, Elspeth.

    • feeriker

      August 26, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      HEAR, HEAR!

      If I could take back the years of my life wasted on a college degree (to say nothing of the money wasted) it would be the greatest gift of my existence. I learned absolutely nothing of any value in college that I couldn’t have learned on my own, or that I hadn’t already learned as an adult working in the real world. The biggest crime we as a society commit against our young is keeping them imprisoned in indoctrination centers during their formative years, rather than having them go out into the real world to do useful things and gain practical knowledge doing them (I hated higher math when I was in school and was terrible at it – until I applied it to something practical in the working world as an adult before [making the mistake of] going back to college).

      I laugh nowadays at the requirement for an “advanced degree” smacked onto most job descriptions, knowing that 1) they’re absolutely irrelevant to the job tasks (almost no one who does the job has or needs such a degree), and 2) they’re a blatant effort to justify and subsidize academia, which otherwise cannot justify itself economically, but is one of the Establishment’s sacred cows that must be shielded from slaughter at any cost.

      • Elspeth

        August 26, 2020 at 4:19 pm

        My time and money was certainly not well spent, although I might feel differently if some guy hadn’t committed to feed and clothe me, LOL.

        I think a lot of HR and hiring departments ignorantly use degrees as lazy shortcuts. That, and they are fairly well brainwashed into a religious faith in college as a stamp of intelligence and marketability.

        Most of the population are useful idiots. Remembering that can help spur compassion for them. At least a little.

  4. feeriker

    August 26, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Most of the population are useful idiots. Remembering that can help spur compassion for them. At least a little.

    Very true, both statements. Compassion and understanding certainly are warranted. It’s just exhausting to contemplate both how much needed and how many people need them. 😢

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