(Yahoo!News) Class of 2013,

No one else is going to tell you this, so I might as well.

You sit here today, $30,000 or $40,000 in debt, as the latest victims of what may well be the biggest conspiracy in U.S. history. It is a conspiracy so big and powerful that Dan Brown won’t even touch it. It’s a conspiracy so insidious that you will rarely hear its name.

Move over, Illuminati. Stand down, Wall Street. Area 51? Pah. It’s nothing.

The biggest conspiracy of all? The College-Industrial Complex.

You ask yourself, Will I be able to afford college for my kids? Maybe that’s the wrong question. Read “Is College Worth It?” (Hardcover)

Consider this: You have just paid about three times as much for your degree as did someone graduating 30 years ago. That’s in constant dollars – in other words, after accounting for inflation. There is no evidence that you have received a degree three times as good. Some would wonder if you have received a degree even one times as good.

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