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By: Paul Murano – November, 2011

No one seems to notice the relationship between two converging occurrences in the news recently. Person number seven billion has joined us on this spinning and rotating rock we call earth, on Halloween day according to demographic analysts. Welcome to the human race number 7 billion! In the meantime some of those seven billion have been occupying Wall Street….and Boston and Oakland and DC and New York and many other places.

In this crowd you find a gamut of people from unemployed workers to old 60′s hippies, socialists and anarchists. But perhaps the largest demographic in this slice of the living 7 billion who are protesting is recently graduated college students – with hefty student loan bills that cannot find work. They are angry and have decided to vent it toward “Wall Street”.

The end goal is a bit perplexing; but I guess they’re saying to management types everywhere: “Stop being greedy” and expect to get the response: “Okay, good idea”. But they’re also mad at government for bailing out the “bad guys”. The problem with aiming at these two “villains” is without them you are left with anarchy. Both socialism and libertarianism depend on the uprightness of people in government and in business respectively. The problem, however, is deeper and more complicated.

This is where population comes in. We have been conditioned by the lies found in the landmark book “The Population Bomb” of 1968, which predicted mass starvation and major social upheavals in the 70′s and 80′s, and demanded immediate action to limit population growth. Since then, with the help of the the pill, the western world has moved from having five children per family to a paltry 1.5. This has in fact caused a very dangerous underpopulation problem. Europe is now in the process of dying out and the only thing keeping the U.S. afloat is massive Latino immigration coming up from the south. But even still there is a large discrepancy between retirees and young workers that is going to get worse. This adds up to less human ingenuity, less job creation, less people working, and more social security and health care benefits to be paid. Couple this with the creditor nation we have become with its unending debt and you have serious problems.

The fault is ours

For now I will refrain from mentioning the foundational cause of this crisis – contraception – since I have written extensively on this popular evil in previous articles. Perhaps we should ask the people who were fortunate to come into existence during our contraception era why they paid $50,000 per year to go to college.

Because of this the idea of college has evolved from being a place where natural curiosity is satisfied by learning about the human condition, the world, and the purpose of life — to becoming a job-preparation factory. And even the holdouts who still see college as a place of learning and formation are often propagandized by professors who were themselves baptized into the falsehoods that are the foundation of the relativist and materialist philosophy plaguing our times. Academia has also created a silly tenure system that enables professors to earn hefty salaries while filling students with an ideology of cynicism, perpetuating the immorality on campuses that destroys character and hope.

Why is college so expensive? One big reason is student loans; the same principle that crashed the housing market and made the economy as fragile as a china shop in an earthquake. The more you pay for something with future money the more prices go up. In areas of the economy where insurance and loans are heavily involved prices skyrocket, consumers are squeezed, and things eventually crash.

Get rid of student loans, teacher tenure, and the silly idea that everyone has to go to college (which in effect makes undergraduate college “the new high school”) and you will see tuition drop like a rock, more people able to afford it without a lifetime of slavery to debt, and the quality of the experience raised. College has evolved into a rite of passage for young people to “find themselves” among the artificial society of campus life.

To be blunt, for many college is the place where you spend $200,000 to be fed false ideology, lose your virginity, become cynical and angry, and be saddled with debt. Only those who choose the right school (not the most prestigious one), for the right reasons, and take the right professors are those who truly benefit from the experience. As a former student who teaches college himself, I would be extremely cautious if I were a parent discerning my child’s future as well as her character in choosing a college.

So contrary to popular belief, we have a serious underpopulation problem that is affecting the economy and bringing college grads to the streets to protest the social scam they have all freely accepted. Their confusion about what they are protesting is an extension of their confusion about life. If we were wise we would instead be protesting the media and academia for being the main contributors to this problem.

Paul Murano

Paul Murano

Paul Murano teaches philosophy at North Shore Community College and theology at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen. He is host of Beneath the Surface television show at Burlington Cable Access TV and is co-host of the Paying Attention! radio program. Paul is also chairman of Heartbeat Pregnancy Help center in Burlington and is a singer/songwriter/musician.

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