SAT Saturday

Yesterday, we took our homeschooled 15-year old daughter to take the SAT in Statesboro on the campus of Georgia Southern. The turnout was enlightening, 80% or more of the test-takers that morning were girls. I’ll drill into the informal stats about the boys in a future piece. For now, think about the future implications of a world in which for every young man graduating with a college degree, there are four or five women. And all of them fully infected with cultural poz, having received regular inoculations of such over a four- or five-year period.

A dystopian would see this as a deliberate plan to keep men uneducated, and thus more susceptible to enslavement to a highly educated gynocracy, itself a slave of an unseen ruling class. In a homogeneous world, such a grand scheme might actually work. For a while. Eventually, the realities of nature catch up with any civilization that destroys its natural imperatives (in this case, however, we have not destroyed our natural imperatives; they’ve been destroyed by an infecting cultural influence). Regardless, history teaches us what the end-state of this cultural monkey-wrenching must be: the defective civilization will eventually be overwhelmed, from within or without, by a culture which has healthier natural imperatives, however lower on the technological advancement scale that culture might be.

The dystopian view fails in the long run; I prefer a more upbeat, positive interpretation of this evolving and otherwise unfortunate situation. Facets of this neotopian (certainly not utopian) vision include the following long-term cultural changes. Warning: less family-friendly material follows.

Devaluation of a college degree. Although it has never been the case that a college degree was a requirement for success or even most employment, it has been generally recognized as a huge step up the ladder to the American fantasy. The demographics of yesterday’s test session can only mean that applications are no longer reflecting raw talent, but instead a social agenda. As with first divorce (1970s-1990s), and then bankruptcy (2000s-2010s), lack of a college degree for highly talented men will soon no longer be the social scourge it once was. The more these things are used as weapons against the innocent and otherwise worthy, the less social aversion they can apply. Taken to an extreme, one day a college degree may simply be seen as the mark of a sucker.

Cessation of buy-in. Civilizations exist only so long as its operational parts agree to function in their respective roles. This concept is called “buy-in” in some circles. Rome collapsed as a civilization because the legions wandered off after seeing no upside in protecting a culture in which the elites simply gobbled up resources for themselves, the populace be damned. Removing the promise of opportunity from the grasp of so many otherwise promising young men simply puts them into DGAF mode (we work to keep this a family-friendly site nonetheless). My Marine Corps recruiting experience leads me to believe that other than through outright conscription, or pure mercenary interest via loss of alternatives (the economic version of conscription), it is difficult to convince young men to fight for a culture which has deliberately and aggressively sidelined them. I am sure that “fight for” in that sentence can also be replaced by “participate in” or “tolerate”, just as easily.

Note that abstract ideas such as “freedom” or “justice” have nothing to do with buy-in or the lack thereof, other than as marketing concepts. Those ideals are luxuries that civilizations can sometimes bestow, or individuals can sometimes enjoy. Historically, these ideals have only been provided to those able to afford them. Our culture is about to find out how thin the veneer of freedom or justice actually is, and when that mask rips off, revealing the rotted out carcass below, it is anyone’s game.

In any event, it is difficult to buy-in when one has been denied the resources which would make that possible. It’s hard to be trapped in a McMansion, and all its cultural mechanisms of thought and behavioral control, when you can’t, at least initially, afford to buy one. Once you can afford one, independent of those mechanisms, you no longer care to do so.

Petri explosion. What happens when you try to kill off a strain of bacteria with a particular antibiotic, but don’t entirely succeed? The survivors tend to develop a resistance to that antibiotic, and proliferate accordingly. Let’s call that a Petri explosion for now. The classic example of proofing oneself against inability to obtain a college degree is to enter the trades. As only one example, software, in many cases, has now become such a trade. We are seeing fewer and fewer demands in the software marketplace for relevant degrees, or any degree at all, but many calls for people who can just get it done. I know several highly successful software people who lack any degree at all, a situation that was unthinkable a little over a decade ago.

I am certain that as young men are denied opportunity via college, and those degrees devalued as above, they will discover or be mentored to discover alternate paths. These paths, by their very nature, will then be immune to the thought-control mechanisms embedded into every corporate job. We can’t predict what those paths might be or the complex relationships between them, but rest assured that the cultural impact of the BFYTW nature of these paths, the natural progression of a vast DGAF strain which survived extinction, will be profound.

Even the words on this page are part of that Petri explosion.

Rise of the uber herren. Once men have carved their own paths, independent of the corporate model, they will have evolved past the HR mechanisms that have been so finely tuned to destroy them. These men then become a different elite. Although they will not be wealthy by traditional metrics (and wealth will always manipulate the organs of government and business for its own selfish means), they will become powerful. Their power will derive from their independent means, and reflect a new vision for society and for culture. Their power will transcend their more limited means, and what laughably passes for a rapidly depreciating and diluted vote. They will recognize their fellows by the look in their eyes, hardened by DGAF plus BFYTW.

Individually, these uber herren would be easy targets for individual economic, social or legal destruction. As a mass, engaging in what I’ve been calling “wolf-packing”, where they join forces to eviscerate and feed on the bloated carcasses of their cultural and economic enemies, they will become the most unstoppable economic and social force this nation has seen. Limp-wristed, effete slaps at them will no longer have any effect. They will become self-aware, capable of imposing their will upon their surroundings and those who stand in their way. This they will eagerly do.

Rise of the uber damen. Normal, healthy women exercise the laudable practice of hypergamy, which means to mate above their station. Half a century ago, young women in the workforce would find a husband in the corner office. Now, that corner office is more and more likely to be inhabited by older women, who are often threatened by the younger women in the cubicle farm. And, any men in the office will be so hampered by HR policies that they not dare pay the young women much attention, lest they place their own jobs at risk. These women will look elsewhere for their men. Their quest will lead them toward the uber herren, whose innate power and independence, like that of a tribal warlord, will overwhelm the formerly safe and dependable allure of the  now easily replaced salaryman. Their hypergamous instincts will create a new uber damen, seeking the primal safety of a man who can fend for himself in a world arrayed against him. And those men, relatively fewer in number, will have their selection, particularly of women who place family and happiness over careers, including women imported from other cultures who replace women consumed by the poz.

These are only a few of the foreseeable effects of the increasing degree distortion, observed from only a few minutes sitting on a park bench at a local university on an unseasonably cool May morning. A cold wind is blowing, that is for certain.

But take heart, my friends. This grotesque imbalance in perceived opportunity is not a disaster.

This distortion is, in itself, an opportunity.

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honeycomb
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Funny .. I have had these very conversations (and more of what it means) a lot lately .. including today after church with some young men preparing for college.

I don’t post much .. but I love reading yorr blog.

Young Men .. please .. follow the opportunities (NOT YOUR DREAMS) and take your passion with you.

Currently Western (e.g. AMERICAN sex poz) Women are your comp’eye’tish’un not your com’plee’meant’tur’ee half as you were falsely promised.

ACT ACCORDINGLY!

StarvinLarry
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Once the no college degree becomes the norm for the younger IDGAF and BFYTY guys there’s no lack of moneymaking fields.

There is in any large metro area right now a huge lack of guys in the skilled trades.
Try and find a guy who can repair an 1800’s plaster freize or medallion.
Heck, just try and find a guy who can repair plaster and lath walls and ceilings properly.
Try to find an actual stonemason.
Try and find a carpenter who can recreate moldings/trim from the 1800’s.
Outside of the Amish community those carpenters are extremely rare.
Try and find a machinist who can set up and run old school manual lathes and milling machines.
Even guys to run properly det up and run CNC machines are hard to find.
My brother works in a small shop- about 20 guys- and it takes them at least 6 months to find a qualfied machinist or tool and die maker.They pay top dollar too.
Try and find a guy to repair a TV, radio, even a computer. If you do find a guy, chances are unless it’s a plug and play part- he can’t fix it.
Same with mechanics- almost all are “technicians” who can’t do anything other than replace parts.
Looks to me like there will be plenty of opportunities for those who learn a skilled trade.

deb harvey
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learning may be difficult.
the trade school near us in rhode island removed all the older equipment and replaced it with the computer type equipment so the students were only learning how to work with the modern machines.
i am sure some are still using the older machinery and those people will have to be sought out in order that they teach true hand work and mechanics.

Bill Robbins
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My experience of late is that all the snowflakes and spoiled kids go to college and the productive self-starters go into the trades or into a professional service, such as registered nurse, law enforcement officer, EMT, and the like. At age 55 and with two Ivy League degrees and a 30+ year “serious” business career, I have been taking vocational-type courses and eagerly developing my blue-collar skills. For me, the real world (some would call it “meat-space”) is turning out to be more interesting and rewarding than the world of endless meetings, presentations, computer hassles, and trying to communicate with people who could not survive if the power went out, the car broke down, or the SHTF.

Xoph
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I’m much the same as Bill. However, part of what drives me is the sense of getting something done. The corporate culture is more about meetings and processes rather than getting things done to make our customers happy. Much of this is driven by government regulations. Bad as the US is, we don’t hold a candle to many countries although we seem to be playing catch-up.

Saw a thing the other day, an auto dealer can’t get mechanics at 80K per year, but office workers for 40K are always applying. Robots are going to replace a lot of the base manufacturing. Learning repair skills or high end trade skills (master carpenter or cabinet maker for example) are a good bet. Most kids can’t change the oil or balance a carbureter on a mower.

Brian
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Right on. Once I retire from engineering, I will likely take up the machinist or gunsmith trade.
Excellent article, Tom.

drjim
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Excellent post.

I was college-bound in the late 1960’s/early 70’s and decided on my own that it just wasn’t for me. It got my Old Skool Dad upset because after all, the American Dream was to have your kids get a “better” (nominally a ‘White Collar’) job than what the father had. I always had a good job as an Electronics Technician, and in some cases the company I worked for appreciated my skills and knowledge enough to give me an Engineer title.

College is NOT for everyone, and there shouldn’t be any stigma attached to good, smart, hard working people who don’t have a 4 year degree.

Pete Ferron
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Brilliant observations Tom and certainly right when it comes to many young men and women today. I do hope the kings do return.

Danno
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Good post. In the back of my mind I have been envisioning the same thing regarding men in the West. Their situation will force them to get creative in order to succeed and all while the media is blind to it, only touting the false “future is female” meme.

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