Adam Piggott

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8th trait – The modern man does not waste time or money on a college degree.


Trait number eight from our list now rolls around:

The modern man does not waste time or money on a college degree.

Before you all go bat-shit crazy I’m not saying don’t go to college, (or university depending on where you live in the world). Go and do a degree if you want to, but don’t waste time or money on one. There are three reasons to go to college. The first is as a life experience. The second is as a return on investment, (ROI). The third is for the pursuit of knowledge. Let’s look at all of these separately.

College as a life experience.

The photo at the top of the page is from the movie, ‘Chariots of Fire’. What a great time that would have been to go to college. As a life experience it was purely hedonistic if compared to the campuses of today. Students had style, extra-curriculum activities were about the pursuit of excellence, and there was a wonderful esprit di corp. Of course, you had to have pots of money to go, but that kept the riff-raff out.

On college campuses today your life experience as a modern man will consist of mandatory gender awareness classes where you are ridiculed, mocked, and humiliated for the horrible crime of being a white man. If you even dream of asking a girl out there’s a good chance that you’ll be accused of raping her under the ‘Yes means Yes’ law. In Australia three students are being sued under our ridiculous offense laws for the terrible crime of being thrown out of a computer lab that was ‘generally reserved’ for aboriginal students and then having the temerity to complain about it.

College as a return on investment.

You have to have pots of money to go to college today as well. The difference is that they’ll lend you the money but then you actually have to pay it back. Crazy, isn’t it? How about a four year Doctor of Philosophy (Law) at Melbourne university? $156,992. My eyes are bleeding. If you’re going to college today primarily for a life experience or, heaven help us, to ‘find yourself’, then you’re a fucking idiot. The difference with our guys back in 1922 was that college was a good life experience because it was a good ROI. This was because there was outstanding networking opportunities available at the time and most importantly, the number of people with a degree were a tiny fraction of the population.

Which meant that the degree was worth something. It was worth a lot. The Australian government wants 40% of the population to have a degree. That’s crazy as the value of the degree has been exponentially destroyed. The number of people competing for law internships in Australia has reached plague proportions. If you’re thinking of doing a degree because it interests you, think again. This decision now is completely irrelevant. The only thing that matters is what your return on investment will be. You look at two things: the cost of your degree as compared to the qualification’s average future income, and the number of people graduating compared to the number of jobs available.

You have to be able to see into the future when deciding this. Australia had a mining boom between 2008 – 2014. So everyone and their dog in Western Australia went to study mining engineering. Of course, all those who graduated with such a degree in 2014 were royally screwed. It’s the same now for chemical engineering. No jobs there boys.

College as a pursuit of knowledge.

You’re kidding me, right? College today is an indoctrination-fest in the far left ideologies of your average worthless professor who couldn’t get a job in the real world if his life depended on it, and hopefully soon it will. Even if you had the money to waste on an English literature degree, they don’t even require you to read Shakespeare anymore.

But how can you pursue knowledge in an institution that wishes to destroy free speech and silence dissenting voices to the political correctness of the day? This goes against the very idea of knowledge. It is simply a giant circle-jerk that they are getting you to cough up tens of thousands of dollars for. If you’re after the pursuit of knowledge or a life experience, do what Daniel Day-Lewis did and go and apprentice yourself as a cobbler in Rome. That would be worth a lot more than what a degree today gets you.

Here’s a list of some of the ridiculous college courses that they are charging good money for. My favorite was a degree in the sociology of Miley Cyrus. This is knowledge? At UCLA, one of the most prestigious universities in the US, a basic English literature degree requires you to take a unit in:

Gender: Race, Ethnicity, Disability, and Sexual Studies, in American Literature.

The modern man has no time for this rubbish. He understands that businesses today require people with skills that are actually transferable in the workplace, such as time management, the ability to get on with others, and the ability to not be an utter douchebag.

Don’t know what to do with your life? Still trying to discover who you are? Then stay away from college. Only go there when you have locked down with precise foresight and ruthless calculation what you goals and expectations from four years and a mighty big sum of money will be. Here is a college that I wish that I had gone to. But I’m still not sure if it ticks the ROI box.

The modern man does not waste time and money on a college degree.


7th trait – The modern man has traveled.


First bookstore to stock my book.


  1. sth_txs

    Here in the good ole US of A, for most people, ladies included, a 2 year associates in a vocation can pay just as well if not better than many four year degrees. Some have an ‘icky’ factor with them such as dental hygienist or radiology tech, but these pay well and employment is steady. I would guess for guys an associates in computers or mechanics or aviation technology can do as well to.

    • Adam

      The government in Australia decimated the trade skills colleges years ago. Surprise, surprise, we now have a lot of millionaire plumbers and electricians. Supply and demand.

  2. tomas grace

    Agree on your take about education. One must invest in education but how that takes place these days is beyond the classic ‘go to uni for 4+ years…and be set for life!’.

    It strikes me as odd that uni’s don’t teach basic financial literacy (eg taxation, investing, saving money, etc) or other skills that people need to survive. Hell, even cooking! But no, it’s just theory and discussion. Snore.

    • Adam

      I’ve always felt that basic financial literacy should be taught in school.

  3. mick

    I think it depends on the attitude going into a tertiary institution. If someone is just trying to bag a degree, then I agree with you, however it does demonstrate to employers some degree of focus is achievable. If someone is serious however, university offers an opportunity for someone to become expert in a particular subject, which may be a sub-subject of the overall course, and pursue something that really interests them.

    Who is ‘them’ though? I think the biggest issue is that we ask kids, with no life experience at all, with no reference other than people directly connected to them who are the immediate influences, to make life decisions…….what do you want to do with your life? Anyone who has ever left school and studied to be a teacher is a prime example of my concern….they have known nothing else, so they become a teacher.

    • Adam

      Agree entirely. In Italy kids have to make these choices when they are 11 or 12 as the type of high school they select will then determine what they are able to study at university.

  4. dearieme

    The modern man says “Universities? Dissolution of the Monasteries.”

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