The Education Trap

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by Jeff Berwick: Kidnapping
and Ransom Rampant in the US

We’ve written
for years (see Debtucation)
about the scourge of schooling.  For decades, governments have
been promoting school as being necessary.  Celebrities, probably
thinking they are doing the “right thing” often promote the message,
“stay in school”.  Here are some Public “Service” Accouncements
from people like Mr.
 and NBA
players and rappers

No one ever
thinks to ask, hey, Mr. T., did you learn to be an actor and how
to work-out and grow a mohawk in school?  Nor do they ask the
same questions of a bunch of multi-millionaire basketball players
and rappers.  Did Michael Jordan learn to play basketball “in
school”?  For the rappers, I don’t remember there being Hip
Hop 101 in college.

All public
school is, in the US today, is indoctrination for jail or to train
you to be a cubicle rat for the rest of your life.

this video points out
school is, basically, jail for kids:

There is not
much difference today between school and jail in reality as the
following video shows

such as this
only serve to prove the point.  In Chicago,
recently, 6- and 7-year-olds were handcuffed and told they would
never see their parents again for the crime of “talking in class”.


Jim Rohn said,
“formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make
you a fortune.”

Today, however,
formal education often does not even make you a living as the cost
of schooling has increased dramatically ever since the government
subsidized it with grants, loans and tax benefits.

But, education
is not the real goal of the education system.  As
William Torrey Harris, US Commissioner of Education in 1906 said,
“Education… scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the

Johann Gottlieb
Fichte, head of philosophy & psychology at Prussian University
in Berlin, said it even more clearly, ”Education should aim
at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they
will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking
or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished.”


The saddest
thing I have seen in a long time is this page:

And, it’s not
necessarily sad because of the tough situation these thousands of
people have found themselves in.

What is sad
is that you can see how broken they are as individuals.  How
they bought into a system and have had all their free will drained
from them.  This is particularly shown by the fact that thousands
of people would take the time to write out on a piece of paper all
of their concerns and unhappiness with the expectation that this
will CHANGE anything!

I estimate
over 90% of the people on that site appear to be in rough shape
due to student loans.  But not one of them sees the truth.
 They’ve all been brainwashed to think a college education
is not only a good thing but is a guarantee of having a great life.

Take this starving
artist, as example:

$175,000 in
student loans?  To become an “artist”?  But he sounds
as though it is the system that let him down.  He takes no
responsibility for his massive error in judgement.

And, take a
look at this:

She is 47,
penniless and in debt after her “college education” yet what does
she want for her daughters?  To put them through the same system!
 She has been brainwashed to believe that a “college education”
is a necessary and good thing despite all the evidence her own life
has provided that it was not.

Rather than
realizing their errors many of these people figure that writing
their problems on a piece of paper on the internet may help!  Or,
by chasing down rich Wall St. bankers (a symptom of the problem)
with pitchforks while admonishing the government (the real problem)
to play a bigger role in the economy. 


Rather than
hoping the government helps them,  many of these people with
student debts should be looking at ways to get out of the country.

Why?  First
of all, student debt is the only debt in the US which is not able
to be defaulted on in a bankruptcy.  In other words, the starving
artist above with $175,000 in debt will never be able to remove
that chain from his neck as long as he lives in the country.  If
he were to expatriate he could at least start fresh somewhere else.

And now the
US Government has dropped many hints that in order to get a passport
in the future you will need to have your government debts (taxes,
loans etc) up-to-date.

It is not much
of a stretch of the imagination for the US Government to demand
that all those behind on their student debt will be ordered to report
to duty with the military.  Any opposition will be met with
unlimited prison sentences.

There are plenty
of opportunities in the world.  Look for employment in places
like the Canadian oilsands, where they can’t even find enough employees.
 Or in booming places such as the Middle East (try Qatar) or
in Asia (plenty of finance related jobs in Hong Kong – and a 15%
income tax rate).

But, remember,
in life there are no “sure things” or guarantees.  The government
fooled you into thinking there are, but there isn’t.  In real
life you just have to get out there and do it.


those with children, keep them out of school.  Any school.

Real education,
today, is all free and can be done via the internet from anywhere.
 All you have to do is ensure your child can read and from
there they can self-educate.

MIT’s entire
curriculum is available online for free via MIT’s OpenCourseWare.
 As well, University
of the People
is a tuition free online university.  Not
to mention there is a YouTube video or a Wikipedia article on any
subject matter you’d ever want to know.


I am not a
college drop-out.  I’m a college drop-in.  I dropped in
to college, at the behest of my mother, for a few days and quickly
got out of there.  Consider doing the same.

Don’t get caught
in the education trap.

Reprinted with permission
from The Dollar Vigilante.

14, 2011

Berwick [send him mail]
is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The
Dollar Vigilante
. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies,
investments and expatriation opportunities to survive & prosper
during and after the US dollar collapse.

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