Why go into debt to get skills the elite is going to outsource anyhow?
I'm all for education, but this is cautionary:
We constantly exhort young people to invest in their human capital. But investments in human capital, like those in real estate, don’t always yield a reliably high market rate of return.
Middle-class culture in the United States rests on the precepts of human capitalism — invest in your own skills and those of your children, and the market will reward you. These precepts now seem shakier than they have in the past. No wonder middle-class spirits, as well as incomes, are sagging.
Only ten years after the dot com bubble, too!
If you don't want debt, the only thing to do is hunker down with local skills. If I'd been smart, I would never have become a computer programmer, or a blogger. I would have become a plumber or, up here in Zone 5b, a heating contractor. Fortunately, I can grow a lot of my own food; perhaps that's one skill that the elite won't make it impossible for me to use.