>>145002>You're not an autodidact? …
When they say "education", they mean enrolled in (and paying to) an educational institution. Those who call other NEETs cannot fathom that some could learn or do/work without an institution (i.e. a hierarchy, set of rules, regulations and expectations, and monetary renumeration) guiding them. NEET is used by capitalists and false conscious workers to deride those who have not rationalised themselves into the capitalist market. "You're not in or preparing yourself for the job market?! I will shame you until you conform!"
As late as the 50s people could still survive on odd jobs and scavenging for things to sell (like scrap metal) from time to time, while still keeping themselves mostly outside of" regular society". Most notably, you had the beatnik culture in the 50s, and last were the hippies of the 60s. However, since hippies were a negative movement, rejecting things, rather than positively building things, after the thing they rejected, war (and a society that wanted to draft them into a war, mostly), was no longer going on, they had no other option but to go along with the dominant culture, capitalism.
Today, capitalism has appropriated nearly all forms of existence, including the beatniks. Today you have "digital nomads", people who travel around the place, working on the Internet. And while it may feel to them that they are not living in the particular country/culture where the person/company to whom they sell their labour, they are most decidedly a part of it.
Today, the farthest away you can be from capitalism is by rejecting its institutions: educational institutions that prepare you for work, the job market where your surplus labour is exploited, state-sanctioned marriage, etc. It is impossible to escape "capitalism" because money and the logic of exchange is everywhere, you can still remain in possession of your own labour, either by working for yourself and/or never engaging in contractual obligations to employers, or taking mortgages that enslave you to the bank. While you will still get paid less than what your labour is worth, you will not take on duties and responsibilities designed to further alienate you from your existence. For example, if you do not work for a contract, you can just decide to up and leave, rather than giving in notices and riPost too long. Click here to view the full text.