Comment 66183

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 14, 2011 at 18:12:01 in reply to Comment 66180

So true, many, if not most that I know who went to university are now deeply indebted and still unemployed. The massive rise in university attendance over the last few decades clearly hasn't provided "opportunities" for all the graduates - in many cases it's actually devalued degrees.

One way or the other, a massive bulk of jobs (often a sizable majority) will still be "unskilled". Professionals still need toilets cleaned, dishes washed and floors swept - and if these jobs don't pay living wages, then a very large amount of the population will still be poor no matter how hard they work. Even if every poor person in Hamilton right now were given an MBA and $100K/year jobs, we'd just need to import more poor people (immigrants, rural populations etc) to do their former jobs.

We can't address the problems of poverty by helping a few determined young people "escape". As long as our economy depends on a large and underpaid working class (or lower grades of it), people will live in poverty. The roots of this issue go very deep...

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