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Secret to success in the arts

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https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-secret-recipe-for-success-in-the-arts/#!

The woman who wrote this article (and a previous article) has some valuable observations that most people are unaware of (although people who read this blog will not be surprised).

If you meet someone who appears to be “successful” in an artistic field, it’s probably because they have rich parents, or a spouse who makes enough money that they don’t mind that their marriage partner isn’t contributing anything economically to the marriage.

A college degree in art is a pretty crappy deal. After spending $150,000 to $250,000 to get a degree, you wind up making $25,000/year as an artist, if you are lucky.

So in conclusion, does the author recommend that people major in something practical like computer programming or HVAC? Nope, instead she demands that society change its ways so that people who don’t have rich parents can still have a career as artists:

• universal healthcare;
• universal care for children, seniors, and those with special needs;
• free education and vocational programs for all, from preschool through graduate school;
• affordable housing for all;
• redistribution of wealth through taxation, reparations, and universal basic incomes;

Back when I was a libertarian, I would have been outraged. But now that I realize that robots are replacing human workers, and we have a post-scarcity economy, so I just have minor nitpicks. Such as:

Affordable housing: Housing is very affordable if you want to live in a mobile home on the outskirts of a prole city in flyover country. But because there’s a zero sum game of people wanting to live in the most desirable neighborhoods (including artsy neighborhoods like Chelsea or Williamsburg if we are talking about the NYC area), those neighborhoods are never going to be affordable. Someone should establish a mobile home coop for artists in a place like Reno, Nevada.

But since a basic income and free college is definitely not going to happen during the next decade, it would be good advice for young people whose parents aren’t rich to not spend a lot of money for college and to major in something practical. Someone needs to say “sorry, if your parents aren’t rich, then you can’t do something cool and fun with your life.”

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December 8, 2017 at EST pm

Credentialed learning vs. learning

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In our current time, learning (for those who are self-motivated to learn) has never been easier or less expensive. Besides being able to buy any book you want at Amazon.com, most textbooks can be pirated for free at online sites like Library Genesis. (And as much as it pains me to advocate breaking the law, after consideration, I am in favor of poor people, who can’t easily afford to buy books, pirating them in order to increase their knowledge.)

At the same time, the cost of credentialed learning (in other words college degrees) has never been higher.

It turns out that it’s only credentialed learning that United States society values. Try getting a job by telling people you don’t have a degree, but know everything that a degree holder has because you read pirated textbooks. Good luck with that!

Well, there may be an exception for computer programming (and by “computer programming” I mean a broader range of technical skills related to information technology and software development). But even in information technology, you will eventually hit a glass ceiling for those without formal degrees. Plus the problem with those sorts of jobs is that after a certain age, you become too old to keep learning new stuff and you eventually become sort of useless. I haven’t coded anything in approximately 9 years, and I know that I could never pick it up again because of cognitive changes as I’ve grown older.

Most people lack the self-motivation to learn much without some sort of external motivation, but I’ve previously written about the BARBRI model of education. BARBRI helps people pass the bar exam. You can just buy their books, but most students prefer to pay more for the classroom approach where you attend lectures (and the live lectures are the best, it’s pretty unfortunate if you have to view the lectures on a video screen) and get a few graded homework assignments, and the structure motivates you to get through all of the material and pass the exam.

BARBRI type of education could be used for learning most anything, except that actual learning isn’t valued by anyone, only degrees from universities, preferably prestigious universities, are valued.

I think it’s important to break the university monopoly, especially given that universities are controlled by liberals and SJWs. Only conservative-controlled government can break the monopoly, because there is no desire by private companies to change their existing hiring and promotion practices. If the government started handing out jobs based on passing tests and ignored college degrees, it might trickle down to private industry.

But right now, this doesn’t seem to be anything that conservative politicians are interested in. Perhaps if Steve Bannon is reading my blog, agrees with the idea, and starts promoting it, then we could see some action.

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November 13, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Education

Asian fraternities

First, a pledge is blindfolded and separated from his assigned ‘‘Big,’’ an older fraternity brother, by a line of brothers whose arms are linked together. For the most part, this line signifies the barrier between glumly accepting America’s vision of emasculated, toadying Asian men and the great promise of success and masculine fulfillment.

Interesting NY Times Magazine article about Asian fraternities, the Chinese-American immigrant experience, and a specific murder prosecution for a death at an Asian fraternity hazing ritual.

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It’s a real shame about the closing of Mount Airy Lodge in 2001, which provided a Catskills-like experience for gentiles. I guess it didn’t survive for the same reason that the Catskills resorts didn’t survive.

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August 9, 2017 at EST pm

How can Harvard fight back?

Harvard can simply do away with financial aid and need-blind admissions. The law says that Harvard can’t discriminate based on race. There’s no law that says that, if you’re selling an expensive product, you have to give the product away to poor minorities who can’t afford it.

If every student was required to pay full price, that would keep out Asian strivers with foreign-born parents. As well as middle-class white kids.

At least it would be clear to everyone that Harvard is a school for the richest, and not a school for the smartest.

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August 3, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Education

Is it a good thing if Harvard becomes 40% Asian?

We assume that if Harvard stopped discriminating against Asians, the student body would very quickly become 40% Asian. U.C. Berkeley is 42% Asian.

Harvard obviously thinks this would be a bad thing for Harvard, otherwise they wouldn’t discriminate against Asians.

But would it be a good thing for the nation as a whole? I say yes. Anything that reduces the prestige and influence of elite liberal Ivy League professors is a good thing for American. Forcing Harvard to treat Asians fairly would, maybe, force a reckoning about the truth of HBD.

I predict that, if Harvard does become 40% Asian, it will cause it to have a loss of prestige among rich white kids, who will seek out less Asian schools. This dynamic happened with Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, After it became almost all Asian, affluent white people pulled their kids out and sent them to whiter private schools. Or they moved to white suburbs. Just about the only white kids left at Stuyvesant are the children of poor Russian immigrants.

This would be divine justice on those liberal elite Harvard professors who ruined white middle-class schools by forcing black kids into them in the name of desegregation.

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August 3, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Biology, Education

Rich kids vote Democratic, so I say raise their inheritance taxes!

Steve Sailer has a chart showing where rich parents send their children to college.

With the weird exception of Washington and Lee University which is well known as a politically conservative school (but probably Koch Brothers open-borders conservative) with a tiny undergraduate enrollment of only 1,890 students (smaller than a lot of high schools), all of the other schools on the list are hotbeds of liberal political activism, and where Republican-voting students are a small minority.

These are the kids who will inherit their parents’ money. Instead of voting for the party that has shamelessly been trying to eliminate the estate tax, they vote for the party that wants to raise the tax and thereby significantly reduce the amount of money that they will inherit.

Once again, this leads us to the conclusion about the stupidity of Republicans, who are hell-bent on lowering the taxes of people who hate them, people who by their voting patterns obviously want their taxes raised. They should raise those taxes and distribute the money to those working-class and middle-class people who vote Republican.

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July 3, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Education, Wealth

Asian “dean” fired from Yale for restaurant reviews

Asian “dean” at Yale fired because she used the phrase “white trash” in a review she wrote on Yelp.

Read the collection of reviews. I think they’re pretty funny. Ms. Chu is just a real person. Surely, there’s a place for this sort of frankness?

Would Paul Fussell, if he were alive today, be fired from Penn for writing Class? (Although I suppose that Fussell carefully avoided mentioning race.)

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June 21, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Education

Elite schools only admit “leaders”

I enjoyed reading this essay at the New York Times, despite the subtle bashing of Donald Trump.

I am almost certain that the girl in the essay who’s a cellist and biomedical engineering major is Asian. It does seem to me that the demand for “leadership” is one of the ways that elite schools manage to discriminate against Asians.

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March 26, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Education

Lion says Trump is right, WaPo wrong

The Washington Post thinks they caught Trump speaking an untruth again. Trump said that most people don’t know Lincoln was a Republican. The Post responds ha ha you are wrong a poll shows that 55% of people knew that.

But since the poll seems to only have had three choice (Republican, Democrat, don’t know), we can be sure that some of the people merely guessed that Lincoln was a Republican and they didn’t get the correct answer because they actually knew the correct answer. Surely less than 50% actually knew that Lincoln was a Republican. So Trump is right, the Washington Post is wrong.

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March 22, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Education

Intranational brain drain

J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy writes in a NY Times op-ed:

As one of my college professors recently told me about higher education, “The sociological role we play is to suck talent out of small towns and redistribute it to big cities.” There have always been regional and class inequalities in our society, but the data tells us that we’re living through a unique period of segregation.

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March 17, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Education

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