College Dropouts to Save America

Found this neat article in the New York times. Here’s a quote.

If I were betting on the engines of future job creation, I wouldn’t put my money on college students cramming for tests and writing papers with properly formatted M.L.A.-style citations in order to bolster their résumés for careers in traditional professions and middle-management jobs in large corporate and government bureaucracies.

I’d put my money on the kids who are dropping out of college to start new businesses. If we want to get out of the jobs mess we’re in, we should hope that more will follow in their footsteps.

I mention this because it’s eerily reminiscent of my own life. As many of you know, I dropped out of college Spring 2010 when I failed “how to start a business”, for the second semester, in a row. Adding insult to injury, I had started a business from nothing at age 17, currently ran it at the time, continue to run it years later, and was the only student in the class both semester, to ever own and run a business — let alone do so alongside a full college schedule, during the class.


Will college drop outs “save” America? In a distant sense, perhaps. More accurately, man’s individual mind will save what’s left of America. Dropping out of college, in most cases, is merely reflective of this fact. College education in the American States being all but destroyed by government statists, altruists, collectivists, involuntary fiat currency, “student loans”, student welfare programs, and so on at this point.

You not only learn a whole bunch of contradictory, anti-reality information in college at this point — you pay out the nose in fiat currency created out of thin air, forced upon you to use via the threat of a gun.

What’s left of it anyway, after you pay into involuntary bankrupt programs like social security — which are more accurately called social bankruptcy — and of course, your favorite personal income tax.

All of which is being constantly debased by the federal reserve in the first place.

It seems to me young men and women are robbed at every turn today. Of what little wealth they have left, of their time, and of whatever mind they were able to salvage after 13 years in compulsory — meaning involuntary — school.

My advice? If you’re in college, in the US, you should seriously reconsider the path you are on. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, if you are in a lot of student loan debt, this only applies more, not less. Even if you are  not, it’s quite possible you are spending some of the most valuable and formative years of your life on shit that is a complete waste of your time. At this point, I would say you are better off doing anything else that is even remotely creative and an exercise in self-reliance, than attending school for ABCXYZ 4 year degree.

The only exception here being a profession you are 100% sure you want to do that requires such a degree. Even then I would very carefully look at the profession as it currently stands, and then attempt to project into the future where that industry will be in 2 years, in 3 years, in 5, etc.

Anyone entering college when I did for example (2006), that had even a basic understanding of real economics, would have seen the housing bubble nearing it’s burst point, calling for a serious reconsideration of a degree track in anything related to residential construction and linked industries.

— Anthony Dream Johnson

ps — If you discuss, or “god forbid” go through with dropping out of college for “whacky” reasons, be prepared to hear a lot of nay saying and criticism. I sure did, and I sure have seen a lot of my friends go into mountains of debt, only to leave college, be unemployed, take up jobs they hate (if they can find one), and be generally confused as for what to do with their lives.

Other than the default — more debt, more school, more soul sucking, and more time suck out of their lives — when they should really be figuring out who they are and what they want to do with their time on earth.

About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at and

5 Responses to College Dropouts to Save America

  1. Joao Eira October 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    This website should be required visit to anyone in college.

  2. MC October 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    “more debt, more school, more soul sucking, and more time suck out of their lives — when they should really be figuring out who they are and what they want to do with their time on earth.”

    I feel as if I’m dealing with this right now. Although I haven’t attended college, I’ve had at least one person try and convince me to attend college “as a back up plan” in case that other stuff I want to do doesn’t work out. Especially at work I’ve heard “trust me kid, you don’t want to be ten years down the road and still be doing this. If I could go back, I’d go to college.”

    It’s definitely got me thinking of what I do want to do with my time on this earth.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson October 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      I have similar thoughts, even today, on a regular basis.

      My conclusion is always the same though — college is the single worst use of my time. It is not a fall back — it’s the 5th circle of hell, dressed up as something it no longer is.


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