Reclaim the amateur status of the Arts.

When I was young, living in a centrally planned conservative country, university places were hard to get and you got a small stipend to go there. You did not take loans: that came with the neoliberals. As did the use of the university (and now all education) as a vector for activism, not knowledge. In the end, I joined a learned profession. My kids have done courses that in New Zealand are undergraduate degrees and in the USA require Master’s level courses.

Leung. From Facebook.

But New Zealand is poor, and we can’t afford the four year indoctrination that the American system has before learning something useful. In the old day, you learned basic logic at high school and then used the library to teach yourself. We should return to that.

The real problem is convincing woke corporations to change their practices, so that they abandon “degree” requirements. Since the tail wags the dog in those places, i.e. HR dictates policy, we have to go after HR.
That meas unwaking the woke. If you can solve that problem, you can solve our culture’s main problem. Which doesn’t seem likely.
Next step is to target parents and kids. Convince them that “degrees” are too damned expensive, that becoming a slave to a woke corporation with tens of thousands in student-loan debt in tow is not a worthy goal. There are better ways to live. Forbes doesn’t think so. They say “Taking out loans gives students a reality check.” So does dropping a bar of soap in a prison shower.
Be a carpenter, or mechanic, or plumber, electrician, specialty farmer, anything which frees you as best as possible from the working for the woke corporate oligarch-controlled machine. Marry early, have a family, stay close to home, go to Church, and live modestly.
That strikes me as not only more feasible, but all evidence is that it works in practice.

Matt Briggs.

When I was young I read. One should always have at least one book going. Preferably something meaningful and something fun. Sigma Frame notes that many will need guidance, or they will waste their time.

When I was in high school (late 80’s) and college (early 90’s), the required reading included classics such as Louisa May Alcott, Ambrose Bierce, Lewis Carroll, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm), E. A. Poe, William Shakespeare, H. D. Thoreau, Mark Twain…
My Christian mentors advocated authors such as G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Henri Nouwen, J. I. Packer, Derek Prince, A. W. Tozer, Warren Wiersbe (The Strategy of Satan), and as of late, Timothy Keller…
I’ve always felt that these works contributed to my set of beliefs and character immensely. So why do we not see young people reading these same works?
In lieu of a proper education in classic literature, I kindly suggest fathers may consider assigning selected readings to their children.

Sigma Frame

Since I am a decade or so older I was set James Joyce, Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Alexander Pope in my final year at high school and was reading for fun J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis, Francis Schaeffer and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. My kids were set modern young adult fiction: woke but poorly written: far more poorly written than the commercial genre fiction of this time. And we wonder why they play games and do not read.

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If you are interested in the arts: music, literature, drama, the visual arts… do not try to make it a career. Make it a hobby. You can avoid all the woke academics and choose your texts yourself. You can read old stuff. You can look at old paintings online and (if lucky) in old, unconverged museums. You can read old books on how to paint, to draw, to photograph.

If needed, hire a tutor.

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It is time to reclaim the amateur status of art and sport. It is too important to leave to the professionals and academics. Besides, most of them hate their subject and want it to go away.

Perhaps that, also, will be sustainable

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2 years ago

“Since the tail wags the dog in those places, i.e. HR dictates policy, we have to go after HR.”

HR gets its power from executives who don’t want to do the central job of being a boss – hiring, firing, handing out compensation for work done. Executives are empowered to do this, to abrogate the gob of being a boss – by the bosses above them and ultimately the shareholders.

Shareholders are other companies. Investment firms, retirement funds. They need to become woke to the wokeness, to know that companies run by the PC brigade are a bad investment. Follow the money, it all flows from there. The difficulty is that the investment industry by law is in receipt of a firehose of free money in the form of mandatory retirement savings. It literally does not matter where they put the money – people by law have to continue giving them cash out of their hard-earned.

2 years ago

Well written. Linked over from Pushing Rubber and will be following with interest.