"Being a self starter has nothing to do with whether or not you went to college."
Really? I don't meet too many college graduates who I would consider self-starters. Very rare, actually.
"Having a college degree isn't the only thing that matters but it can be a very useful indicator of what the person standing in front of me is capable of."
"I have several college degrees including masters in both engineering and business. I've started 5 businesses, am a certified accountant, run a manufacturing company and am on the board of a non-profit. My wife has a doctorate and does even better than I do. If you think our college degrees have held either of us back in any way you are delusional."
I'm sure they haven't held you back, but I also don't see the purpose of those degrees connecting with your 5 businesses. Sounds like you wasted a lot of time chasing degrees. I wouldn't hire you.
"So you want to hire people who have no respect for others? Nice. I'll be sure to avoid you and the people you hire."
Feminists have respect for others? Please. Progressives have respect for others? Yeah, sure, tell me another one.
"You know a lot of engineers or doctors who picked up their profession "on the streets"?"
I own an engineering company and I have no degree. Two of my consultants who work with me also don't have degrees.
And I did mention in my OP that STEM degrees can make sense -- but they aren't the end off for confirming someone's ability to engineer.
The greatest engineer I ever met, in Chicago, who has been retired just 5 years, did not have an engineer degree. And he was the #1 guy in a certain engineering field in the Midwest. My mentor, of sorts. Never went to college.