Hipsters on Food Stamps Part II

… hipsters may lack drive, but the world they live in wasn’t set up by them, it was set up by their parents, i.e. the Dumbest Generation Of Narcissists In The History Of The World, the ones who magnified the importance and cost of college without having any idea of what should be its purpose, let alone its content.

Society is nothing more than individual psychology multiplied by too many to count. If narcissism is what drives this society, then only narcissism will explain it.

All along you’ve said “you need to go to college so you can get a good job” but the system was not designed to raise producers, it was designed to raise consumers. Well, here we are. Why are you surprised that they need consumer stamps?

So start with an interesting hypothetical: does everybody need to work anymore? I understand work from an ethical/character perspective, this is not here my point.

[Living wages] have to pretend to be something else: this is for food, this is because of a medical problem we just made up, this is because you were caught with weed so we’ll leave you in here for 6 months until we sentence you to probation. And they have to have these fake reasons to give taxpayers a little emotional distance…

The point is not to get you to accept that hipsters deserve food stamps, the point is the opposite: to enrage you, infuriate you, so that you will resist — because then and only then will you pay for it.

If this seems implausible to you, consider the following extreme analogy:

Say your father raped you repeatedly for a decade. Now you’re 40, and he shows up asking you for $2400 because, and I quote, “you have a responsibility to take care of me.” There he is in your living room, eyeballing the nice things in your home. If it is a fact that you will inevitably give him the money, is it easier to for you to pair it with your venom or your sympathy? Though it’s enraging, there is a perverse pleasure in giving that bastard the money. It tells you that you showed him that you are better than him.

You might think that the rage is the spark for a transformation of America... That’s not how it works. If this is narcissism, then its purpose is protecting identity, defending against change. Doesn’t matter what side you think you’re on, unless you are unplugged you are for the status quo.

All the system had to do, starting around 1965, is not incentivize this madness. If there were not guaranteed student loans, up to any amount, available equally across majors and across colleges, independent of skills or promise or societal need, none of this would have happened. Easy money got us into this mess, and easy money will keep us sailing until we go right off the edge of the map.

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