Quit pinning your hopes on IT employment to sustain conservative households

This fragility is hardly sustainable or robust or even terribly conservative.

Conservatives, especially the ones drawn to homeschooling, homesteading and other self-sufficient/independent type movements (check that irony!) really have a blind spot a mile wide on this one.  IT employment is in fact subversive and crimethinky, but the fact that it disproportionately has conservative, traditionally living people employed in it doesn’t make it conservative or traditional at all.  The fact that IT employment can and does allow many a white Christian conservative male to make 60k+ a year and support a private homeschooling and homesteading household is a temporary phenomenon and the really rich types who run the industry are working hard to ensure that this phenomenon doesn’t persist much longer.

Probably in another short post I will explain in more detail why IT employment is subversive and threatening, but for now, let’s just take that as a given because the IT titans sure are.  Thus, conservatives relying on an endless supply of decent, well-paying IT jobs (particularly without a college degree required) to support a homeschooling SAHM and 4-6 kids are putting their eggs in a fragile basket.  It’s no Galt moment to move out to the sticks but be chained to telecommuting for large corporations who have every incentive to destroy that option for you and your family.  It’s also completely antithetical to the loudly proclaimed localism and community focus of these sorts of sufficiency-driven conservatives.

Now, I am not saying nobody should be employed in IT.  What I am saying is that it is not practical or conservative to promote IT employment as basically the One True Path to self-sufficiency.  A cushy IT telecommuting work at home gig is nearly always lurking behind so much conservative spiel about self-sufficiency and crunchy conservative localism, etc. etc.  I’ve seen the pattern over and over and over, that sticking it to the librulz is done by the guy getting some IT gig that lets him work from home a lot and the woman stays home raising and teaching kids and growing all the food.  I’ve already covered a little bit how silly and unfeasible the latter part is, but putting so much hope and reliance on a single industry that *doesn’t like your beliefs or you and is working to push you out entirely* is even more economically insane.  This is not how to build a sustainable alternative economic structure.

But, don’t quit that cushy IT gig just yet.  Just stop promoting it as a sign of how off the grid and “independent” you are.

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2 thoughts on “Quit pinning your hopes on IT employment to sustain conservative households”

  1. And if you are going IT… figure out how to fix the *hardware*. Things always break, but your call-in job can be done from India. Someone has to be there to fix the printer and hook up the mainframe.

    Dude Who Fixes It will always have a job, so long as he’s good at fixing more than just one thing.

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