Haha, I'm doing a Philosophy degree so that I can have a good degree from a good University. The material we're taught is utter crap, which means I have to do my own studies on the side, but it's a viable option if one intends to use it towards further ends (like getting a teaching degree in one year rather than five). Ultimately, though, I'm still planning on moving progressively further away from Western society until secession makes sense. It seems I might be able to get a hold of some extremely cheap/good land in dear old England, which I can build up and make a bucketload from (Organic/Traditional farming, publish lots of random books, record lots of random music) before fucking off to Canada with the guys who'd help me set up shop here. If that fails, I can teach/complain ("lecture").
Definitely not a path for the majority of people, but it's shaping up to be more than possible.