[Swede Synopsis: Student loans bad thing. Should make better. Move ahead to comment section.]
The biggest thing holding a country together is fearsome enemies. Since we don’t have any, we have to invent them. A great deal of effort is expended in this country to create those enemies and make sure that we know they are there and threaten us. Fake attacks have been staged, and television and movie drama highlights how our special men and women of the armed forces are keeping us safe. The FBI spends uncounted hours finding, arming, and then thwarting terrorist attacks, sometimes by pizza delivery boys. The idea that there are terrorists “cells” out there who are planning bad things comes right out of the 1950’s when we were told there were Communist cells planning to do bad things to us.
It’s a crazy fucking country, I’ll give you that. It’s even amusing to watch if one can keep a safe distance. What we do to people in other countries is unsettling – cities leveled, millions starved, terrorized and killed, all to keep the arms flowing and the war budget at the top of our list of priorities.
That is the single most dominant control mechanism at work in this country, but there are others too:
- News. It’s not that they lie, omit, distort and distract. None of that would matter if people were not so trusting. It is the fact that we allow them to lie, omit, distort and distract that keeps us under their thumb.
- Education, or chasing admissions by use of the testing regime. Smart, inquiring kids are hard to control, and often go where curiosity takes them. We thwart them in two ways (at least): One, we insist they get good grades in only the areas that we have defined as important; and two, when they are predictably bored and act up, we drug them.
- Health care: It’s just a commodity, like water. But we’ve allowed the private sector to build a fence around it and charge admission. The cost of admission is a job. Amazingly, when one loses his job in this country, one also loses health care.
- Student loan debt.
Oh yeah, that last one. It’s a big one, right up there with the fear specter. Education is a commodity, like water. But we’ve made it into a financial trap, like credit cards. Kids ought to go to college as their abilities dictate and be allowed to pursue their dreams. If they fuck up, well, too bad, they have to be expelled. If they want give it another shot after maturing, fine. Then self-financed college education might be appropriate. But that first shot should be on the house.
Student loan debt is just one more manacle on an un-free people. If we merely changed the name – instead of “student loan” say “education costs,” we could put them in the public sector where they belong, where they will end up anyway. Two or three generations of young people will be loosed to go their own creative ways. (Or not. There are the other factors listed above.)
The fact that Congress and the executive saw it important to make student loans non-dischargeable in bankruptcy is a huge “tell,” as they say in poker. It’s an indication of intent on the part of the masters of society. They want these kids in chains. There’s only two ways out: Pay up, or die. Just as with health care.
- Kids are not making good choices. Since lenders don’t have to worry about repayment, the students only have to show a working pulse to qualify. Poor grades are not a deterrent.
- College costs are going through the roof. Easy money does that.
- Scams abound – one whole school that has a football field but no team is nothing more than a student loan scam: The University of Phoenix.
- While professions cannot be properly valued based on financial return, all are treated equally when it comes to student loans. Teachers and nurses, high-value and underpaid, stand aside MBA’s and doctors, engineers and CPA’s. They are expected to pony up the dough just as if they were paid their true worth.
It’s a crazy fucking country. I’ll give you that. But in terms of depravity, the way we treat our kids is only second in line behind the way we treat dark-skinned foreigners.