Henry Rollins: Education is the End of Disaster Capitalism
The biggest cause of debt in this country
besides mortgages, student debt because there are no jobs out there for these people who
trusted their country to be there for them. They basically did that exercise where you
fall backwards and you workmates catch you. They jumped out of the 40th floor window
with that student loan and America went that looks like that hurt. Suck it up Caroline.
Get a job. Don’t be a leech. So would I advise a young person looking at their senior
year in high school to become a freshman in college the year after? That is a damn good
question. How long will it be until America fiscally turns itself around to where the
risk of the investment on that student loan to get a person through four years of college?
Will that person get a job where paying off that loan and getting a house and affording
a family, will that be a possibility? In the present America it doesn’t look like
it is. When will that turnaround? When will that
get better? When will be okay for someone to go I’m going to college? I don’t know.
I don’t get to push those rocks around, but as it is now there are a lot of really
qualified people who are doing jobs fathoms below their ability level. We are wasting
people’s time who put considerable amounts of energy, time and their youth into hitting
those books when they wanted to go off doing every else as a young person **** want to
do. They hit the books. They did what they were told. They paid and paid and they’re
parents paid and they’re not getting the promise of America because those jobs went
away and the people who could be in charge of the jobs that went away went away. So
people who could be in upper management there is an upper manager, but he is in Beijing.
He is in Phnom Penh. He is in Bangkok. Those jobs went away to please stockholders
and so it does not matter how you shift the tax burden around that much. There are no
jobs in this country. There is just until major industries come back you got what you
got and so when you say get a job okay, to get a job your way I’ll have to get three
of them. I’ll work at the hamburger place until evening.
There is a great story. I’m sure it’s kind of a folktale. Some guy told it to
me. A guy goes into his building ever day and he sees the custodian, morning, morning,
same guy in the green suit with a broom. He sees him on the way out. One night the guy
stays late and he is working late, big deadline. He leaves at like one in the morning. He
sees the same guy in the security officer’s outfit, the janitor guy, some building, different
uniform. So he goes what do you have a new job. He goes no, this is my other job. The
guy goes down to the locker, gets a dinner break, puts on the other uniform and walks
through the rooms he was sweeping five hours before and that’s where a lot of Americans
are at. Some of those people are in college and—sorry, some of those people have a college
degree and so you have a country that is undercutting itself for the cheap, quick buck. They are
after the fast high. They are after the grift rather than going all in on America
the long term goal and investment. If it were me I’d be going like China said,
500 years at a time. I’d be looking way up the road. I’d be looking up the road
so far my eyes would fall out of my head. That is how much I believe in America. That
is how much I love America to where I want America like Europe where they’ll educate
your kid until his head explodes. You want to go to college, go, we need you, we need
doctors because people grow up and fall down and go boom, everyone is going to need a doctor,
let’s have three doctors per floor of every apartment building in this town. How about
that as a good idea? Like that is a good idea. Okay, so let’s make college tuition
either free or really low and if you have a country full of whip-crack smart people
you have a country the rest of the world will fear. They will not invade a country of
educated people because we are so smart we’ll build a laser that will burn you, the enemy,
in your sleep before you can even mobilize your air force to kill us. We will kill
you so fast because we are so smart and we will have foreign policy that will not piss
you off to the point to where you have to attack us.
The world would be a better place and all the war profiteers and the people who make
money on discontent, robberies, the pillaging of economies in other countries they would
be screwed and it would be the end of disaster capitalism and so again it’s always down
to the education. As it is now education is kind of this whipping boy. It is that
which gets teased, oh, you’re going to school, where the intellectual, as in the times of
Pol Pot and Hitler and Stalin, is seen as the enemy. Watch Fox News, he is part of
the liberal elite. He is a leader. And so they fear the polysyllabic word and those
who read and write poetry as Hitler did and Mao and Stalin.
We wipe out the thinkers, the people who really do use their First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment
rights to freedom and privacy. We get rid of those people because they are not towing
the party line and that’s where your country is at right now. You have a country that
the rest of the world—I forget who said it. Someone said a couple of years ago the
rest of the world is a dynamic place. That is changing. That is going with it. That
is following science. That is realizing that the acidification rates of the oceans
have hit full saturation. They are no longer absorbing CO2. They are seeing rivers get
narrow. They are watching watering holes shrink in diameter and the only major industrialized
country in the world whose not getting with the program is America.
The rest of the world they got it and they’re moving, India, China, all these booming—well
booming for now, but these developing and expanding economies. They see solar energy
and America is getting moved on and moved past and that is by design. There is going
to be five people who are going to make out like the bandits they are. The rest of the
people are going to be left flatfooted and it could have been different. The main question
is can things turnaround. Can this be turned around? Good question.
I’d like to think so. I’d like to think that America our biggest virtue would
be educating our kids to where they are like these brainiacs. I think that would be great.
Instead you get people homeschooling their kids and they we have one book because you
only need one book, the Bible, that’s the only book they need. Great, I have a Bible.
I also have a lot of other books. It’s one of many books that I’ve spent time reading.
There is the good book. I have a lot of good books. Come over to my house sometime.
I’ll show you hundreds of good books.
So I think America is narrowing its opportunities by taking education out of being the main
apple of the eye of America’s great future. Without an education you won’t have a