February 11, 2016

Socialist schooling

I think I need to add a new category for Socialism... I've done so for my bookmarks. Sanders' rise seems to be good time to blow the dust off this old canard.

KHOW's excellent new morning talk host who is also a serial columnist (including NRO, Am. Spectator...), has a Denver Post Column titled What the Iowa Caucus Says starting off in classic InYoFace mode:

Iowa caucus point to the destructive effects of educational institutions that have turned so many young Americans into naïve socialists whose fundamentally harmful policy positions should not be forgiven due to claimed good intentions or youthful exuberance.

Then follows with good news about how DEM turnout was down 27% while GOP turnout was up 50%, and then segues back to his main theme:

How can it be that throngs of our youth dislike and distrust our nation's most successful people, looking at millionaires in the same way that a leech looks at your ankle? How can it be that after years of "higher learning," millennials have learned nothing from the many lessons of history showing that Sanders' ideas are not only destined to fail if implemented but would also impoverish and enfeeble a once prosperous, proud and mighty nation?

He notes on his KHOW blog that the comments show that the vast majority of readers display massive ignorance on economics. So, as a service to our dear readers, I repeat some of last night's readings: the "gravity" of (Seattle CEO) Dan Prices' equal-pay gambit [pun intended], and inspired by the imitable Dr. Boudreux a Google Search on economic beliefs; the best being from RealClearMarkets. I'll wager that the good doktor is correct in that many economists still believe some really wacky stuff (esp. about minimum wage), but I couldn't find any easily.

Hugh Hewitt even picked up on this last night, while interviewing a novelist, noting the demonization of Billionaires (started by our current imPOTUS, for sure!) that seems to be sweeping popular culture. A quick pulse-check will see if this is more blatant demagoguery or a serious thread: do the names Soros or Steyer ever appear?

In sad news, my #1 choice has dropped out; good luck to her continuing to enliven the GOP zeitgeist!

Cafe Hayek readers, raise your hand!

[updated: found it under "Egalitarian Socialism" - should there be a category for Real World Socialism? discuss...]

Dem2016 Primary Education Egalitarian Socialism Posted by nanobrewer at February 11, 2016 11:39 AM

Written before the NH primary, the piece could not allude to the much more widespread mind-warping that was revealed in the "Live Free or Die" state.

But really, what are higher taxes (on a job you can't find) compared to tens of thousands in debt for that college "education" in the first place?

"Seriously mom and dad, you just don't get it."

Posted by: johngalt at February 11, 2016 2:33 PM

Before reading this (and after reading this) I was trying to think of a grown-up interpretation of the "Feel the Bern" slogan.

Feel the naive righteousness?
Posted by: johngalt at February 11, 2016 2:44 PM
Feel the Utopian Intrigue!

All hail.

Posted by: johngalt at February 12, 2016 5:33 PM

If our universities turn out graduates who believe economic suicide is a nifty idea then they most certainly should not be made "tuition-free" - they should be outlawed. Or shuttered.

If there is one specific thing against which the American taxpayer should be "going Galt" it is our public universities. What a disgrace.

Posted by: johngalt at February 12, 2016 6:42 PM | What do you think? [4]