One thing you’ll learn during your indoctrination into capitalist education is that a pedigree is the preferred method of proving yourself as a career asset. It’s also important to note that your legality is assessed as a function of your socioeconomic level–meaning that if you are a member of certain groups, you’ll be systematically criminalized and ushered into the criminal punishment system. In this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri challenge you to see beyond the pedigree to what constitutes meaningful experience.

Topics discussed include Master P the capitalist rapper, a New York newspaper printing names of registered gun owners, the gun control debate, criminalization of certain groups in America, law and order, authority, education versus experience, credentials and pedigree, college education versus on-the-job training, online colleges, and more!

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Segment 1

  • Discussion about Digital Underground’s “Humpty Dance” and Master P.

  • Discussion about Master P’s lavish home furnishings, including his Italian marble ceiling.

  • Master P got started using $10K inheritance from his grandfather.

  • A New York newspaper printed the names of all of the registered handgun owners in the state. In retaliation, people made public the name and personal information of personnel from the newspaper that printed the gun owners’ names.

  • Discussion about the gun debate sparked by the Newton, CT school shooting.

  • Discussion about the notion that if you believe people should be able to defend themselves with guns, then they must be members of the NRA or be in agreement with the organization.

  • The U.S. has all of this fire power, but they are telling other countries to give up their firepower. This is no different that those who want to disarm the citizenry.

  • Discussion about the police response time being different depending on where you live and other factors, like socioeconomics.

  • Discussion about the parallels between nations and individuals when it comes to the idea of gun control.

  • People often feel that authority should have guns, but nobody else–just like they think the U.S. should have power while other countries are disarmed.

  • What is authority, and what does it do? What is law? What makes an act “illegal?”

  • Discussion about the idea of what a crime is.

  • Discussion about the criminalization of certain groups of people–making certain activities that may be common to the group illegal. The government authority systematically criminalizes targeted groups in the United States–Blacks for instance.

  • You cannot talk about wealth and equality without talking about law and crime.

  • Capitalists need to make people stay in line with their principles so that they can continue to extract wealth from them. The authorities are there to protect the assets of the wealthy. This is directly related to the need for workers to produce the wealth for the elites.

  • Discussion about employment or looking for work being a term of parole.

  • What is a crime and what is right versus wrong are not necessarily connected.

  • Most people in jail are there for drug-related “offenses.”

  • Discussion about the authorities seizing things that are illegal and using them for their own purposes.

  • Above all else, the system must perpetuate itself. People must follow the rules and deviation from the system is not accepted.

  • In this economic system, it is considered “cheating” the system if you circumvent the elite power structure getting their cut.

  • People who are not rule-followers do not do well in this system. In school, these chilren are labeled as “problems.”

  • Discussion about the concept of “law and order.” If you think about the TV show with the same name, they reinforce the notion that most crimes are things that people find morally wrong. People don’t think about the administrative crimes, fines, and penalties for things like licensure.

  • Discussion about administrative debts, like parking tickets. When the city boots your car, they don’t care that you don’t have a way to work–they only want to get the money.

  • Discussion about businesses using information in credit reports and background checks for hiring decisions. This is a form of discrimination.

  • Discussion about the use of education and credit to weed out people from opportunities in school and in their career.

  • Discussion about colleges that are completely online. The completely online schools are not given the same respect as colleges at well-established colleges and universities.

  • Discussion about University of Phoenix, and that those credits cannot be transferred to most four-year schools.

  • Discussion about the accreditation of online schools.

  • If you are in a career where you need a license, it’s important to ensure that you graduated from an accredited program.

  • Most of the jobs people do shouldn’t require a college degree. On the job training should be utilized more.

  • Discussion about school entrance exams and licensure examinations. There should be no prerequisite–if you can pass the test and show command of the career on the necessary level, they should receive the job.

  • Discussion about paying your dues in your career.

  • There are some careers where you need some basic knowledge, but even those things can be learned on the job in different roles.

  • Discussion about entry level positions, and what’s required for them.

  • Discussion about the movie, “Something the Lord Made,” with Mos Def. He had better skill than many heart surgeons–he was teaching doctors–yet, he was told when trying to enroll in medical school that this experience wasn’t valid.

  • Cheri discusses one of her experiences in the medical device industry.

  • Discussion about the hierarchal structure within the nursing career path.

  • Discussion about people who value a degree over seasoned experience.

  • Discussion about police officers and the training they receive as a gun owner.

  • How do we shift these mentalities? It starts with the individual recognizing experience regardless of the form–traditional versus unconventional experience.

  • Discussion about who you’d want to draw your blood–the doctor or the phlebotomist? The phlepbotomist is the expert at drawing blood and they do it frequently.

  • When we post things, people often ask us, “What’s your source?” And, our answer is always the same… “We ARE the source!”


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