There’s no better time than the present to opt out of the old and new normal and pave a new path forward.

November 22, 2021

By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP

path forwardI see a lot of younger people posting resentful thing toward the older generations. Dan Price is particularly uppity on LinkedIn and Twitter. One of his tweets reads:

52% of young adults now live with their parents, the highest rate ever, surpassing even the Great Depression.

The most education (and most in debt) generation in history did everything they were supposed to and got this.

The system. Does. Not. Work.

Sounds like someone who has a finger on the pulse of what’s really happening. But that’s not where his finger is at all.

It’s that second sentence that makes this whole thing fall apart: The most educated (and most in debt) generation in history did everything they were supposed to.

First off, let’s not conflate educated with informed. They clearly are not the same thing. Had this forsaken generation he speaks of been informed, they wouldn’t be in the debt they are in. Or at least fewer of them would be.

Second, doing everything they were supposed to. Which part were they supposed to do exactly? Get a degree with no evidence of a return on investment? Mortgage their future? Live grossly beyond their means?

What they heard, and what they were supposed to do are not at all the same. Telling someone to get educated in a particular skill or trade is the right thing to do. How you go about it is not prescribed. There are countless ways to go about getting educated in a field of work.

  • Start working at a place that does it in a low-level position to learn more about it and see if it is a proper match for you.

  • Maybe see if there is a certification you can get that is quicker and cheaper than a four year degree.

  • Consider taking the first two years of school in a junior college and transferring to an affordable 4 year college for only the last two years.

It used to be that everything was structured to make good workers. The whole Prussian model of education was adopted for that sole purpose: make good employees. George Carlin even notoriously observed:

They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking.

They want obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the moment you go to collect it.

The system is rigged, and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care… that’s what the owners count on: that Americans will remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white, and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day.

The owners know the truth: It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

Here’s the thing: technology is making it harder and harder for those in power to keep people in line. They tried controlling the information on the main media channels, then the internet came along and turned all that on its ear.

They tried to throttle information on the major social media outlets, and new platforms and independent news publishers emerged.

They try to control public education, but that recently started to see a collapse in attendance as homeschooling and charter schools offered something better than the status quo.

They try to control the economy through fiat currency, until the block chain showed up and now cryptocurrencies are being used in some of the poorest areas of the world as a counter currency to the failing one they have.

Carlin was right: they don’t want critical thinkers. They want order-followers. They want people to fall in line. That worked for a while when people were able to do well enough to feel satisfied with what they had.

But more and more basic things are further out of reach. People used to be the manual labor force, but technology became the preferred alternative. Robots don’t get sick. Robots don’t need benefits. Robots don’t file lawsuits. All in, robots can work tirelessly for hours on end with little demand on the employer.

Everything from bank tellers to cashiers are being replaced.

Sounds great, except what happens to the entry level jobs that people with no work experience relied on to build their resumes and earn money? The barriers to success within the existing system in many first world western countries are ridiculous to the point of giving no recourse to those left stranded by their pandering policies.

There are of course the establishment old-guard regulations in place like permits, taxes, assorted regulations having to do with each respective industry. Now an additional burden is introducing itself onto the scene: Net Zero Emissions.

Look I don’t care how you make a car or factory work. If you can make it run on hopes and dreams, I’m fine with that. The more choices the better, in fact. If we have everything from fracking, to solar, to wind, to fossil fuels, to water, that’s great! It’s all fine by me.

The ambition to get to a net-zero emissions goal by way of policy making and further regulations is where I drop off. Mandating or subsidizing these “green” tactics that businesses would otherwise not employ, will inevitably add to the already rising cost of living. In an article from Zerohedge, “Net-Zero Policies: Taking from the Poor and Giving to the Rich“:

Rather than maintaining our capitalist societies where a large, asset-owning middle-class underpin a stable democratic system, we are becoming stratified feudal societies.

Home and small business ownership are declining, especially among the young and the less well-off, a group of technocratic elites are establishing themselves as permanent rulers in the apparatus of the administrative state, and corporate oligarchs are coming to dominate both the economy and broader society.

The real net outcome of these lofty agendas in places like the UK, Australia, and even the US depending on where you are, is a pass through cost that hits the poorest the worst. The article goes on to say:

In fact, all too often, “taking action on climate change” just means taking away the jobs, cars, electricity, food, and hobbies of the lowest-income households.

More and more the solution appears to be: get an online job or start an online business that services people in or from those countries, but live somewhere else far more affordable.

  • What are some services that you could provide to other location independent individuals?

  • What could help people who intend to be somewhere for longer than a week?

  • Are there concierge services you can offer online?

  • Are there ways you can assist other businesses you can get certifications for like building websites, graphic design, or online advertising?

When I tell people about all the online possibilities, they are confounded that such an option exists for them. People are so busy following the rules, doing what they were told, and coming up short. There’s no better time than the present to opt out of the old and new normal. The sooner you do, the better off you’ll be!

There’s something that rings true about missing one hundred percent of the chances you don’t take. Whatever point in life you are at, don’t let yourself be the biggest obstacle to finding a path forward.

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