freedomlover wrote:But do we really have a "free market?" Can it be a "free market" if CEOs earn so much, and people are only hired on family connection bases? We as a society as enslaved to our own debt.
I think you're confusing what a free market actually is. It has nothing to do with how much a CEO earns and totally allows for people to hire based on nepotism alone. A free market is one where there are no rules and no governing forces. Where the government can't say "you have to have racial diversity in your hiring practices" or "it's not right to discriminate who you hire based on sexual preference, race, or religion." A free market is one where the government can't say "no, I'm sorry, you can't hold a monopoly on X product just so you can jack up the prices" and where the postal service, national parks, hospitals, roads, and schools are owned by private business-people who can charge whatever they want for any of those services, and who can discriminate in their prices and who they provide their services to. In a free market, there is no FDA saying "okay, this drug is not good for human consumption, you can't sell that to people" or where there are no licensing boards saying "okay, you have the training to follow the rules and be a good real estate agent/auctioneer/accountant/lawyer/any other profession that requires a license to practice." You don't want a free market. A truly free market is Mad Max.
freedomlover wrote:People major in cool things at university, but the only "jobs" available are working at Walmarts or a grocery store. We are told to "get more education" but they make it so unaffordable you'd have to work at Walmart for many years before getting reasonable money.
I really don't understand why people are saying "we can't give everybody a job in their field" or "we can't give everybody a job" but everybody has the right to live right? doesn't the right to live extend to mean a right to a job? preferely in the field you studied so you can actually put your education to use?
I'm going to be brutally honest here and say that I completely disagree with the idea that everyone is entitled to a job in the field they studied, because let's be honest: some people study stupid things. (And sometimes "cool things" that people major in do not a good source of income make.) My younger brother is majoring in Classics. There are a few jobs that having a degree in Classics and a fundamental understanding of Ancient Greek philosophers and an ability to read and write in Latin are going to be good for, but there aren't a lot and they don't really contribute to the fundamental needs of society on the whole. When the gatekeepers of those jobs say "listen, we can't give everybody a job in this field" and close the door in his face, he's going to have to soldier on and find temporary other work until he can get in where he wants to be.
And you know what? That's okay. Because my brother is studying Classics by choice. He knows that the likelihood of walking out of Convocation Hall on graduation day isn't going to result in some man in a fedora walking up to him and saying "you have a degree in Classics, we're going to pay you sixty million dollars to help us on our expedition to the lost city of Atlantis." (Or, from a more mundanely realistic standpoint: "you have a degree in classics, you should come and work as a research assistant at our museum/university/place of learning.") My brother knows he might have to put in some work at Wal-Mart first and that's okay.
And that doesn't just apply to Classics: if you study Arts History or Film and Television or English or Medieval Studies or Paleontology or Theatre Arts or Sociology or Hospitality and Tourism, it just might not pan out for you.
Not right away and maybe not ever. That's the risk that you take. And that's okay, because while you're waiting for your Medieval Studies job to pan out and you're working at Wal-Mart or Starbucks or the gas station or bussing tables, you're filling a need that society has for the service industry. And one day, if you're lucky, the Classics professor at your alma mater will die suddenly and a position will open up and you'll
get to teach Classics to the next generation of service industry professionals.
That's life. "You're a special snowflake and you can be anything you want to be" but you'll be way more successful way more quickly if you become an accountant or a nurse or a computer engineer because that's the kind of stuff we actually need.