You do realise the purpose of quote marks, no?
You do realize, that not everything in quotation marks has to be a quote, regardless of your attempted "assault on my credibility?" (See what I did there?)
Look I can see you're pissed
I'm not pissed, just providing a counter-weight to your purely anecdotal "wisdom" you're "providing" here. (Oh, he did it again.)
The fact that it doesn't make you better than people with experience shouldn't upset you
I'm totally chill, dude, so chill in fact that you may call me Mr. Mellow, if "chill" is too nu-school for you.
I'll always have an edge over most other self-taught people (except for those, who make a point of studying actual theory), not only due to the fact that I've been constantly acquiring real-world experience over the past 15+ years, sophisticated, (some - very) well-paying and quite demanding projects in terms of knowledge and understanding requirements, but also, because the theoretical foundation (which doesn't change a lot, if you know) will always (on average) allow me to understand concepts better than someone, who only focused on practical applications.
A degree is certainly good for getting your first job. But after that it becomes less and less useful for work, as experience gives you the real knowledge you use day to day.
You must have had a shitty experience in higher education, because what I've learned in university and now teach to others helps me every time I work on anything and is a formidable foundation on which to further my studies and expand knowledge.
As you might have guessed, I went (much) further than just getting a bachelor.