Socialism is all the rage on our college campuses nowadays. What’s responsible for it? The cool factor of Bernie Sanders? A complete failure of knowledge? Indoctrination by the public education system? The ghost of Alger Hiss haunting middle schools built on top of communist graveyards?
Except for the last one, I’m pretty inclined to believe all of these played a part. And, if you believe the last one is operative in your community, I’d urge you to burn an effigy of Whittaker Chambers along with a stick of incense made of pulped-up pages from William F. Buckley’s “God and Man at Yale.”
I hear the smoke from that clears things right up. Or get a prescription for Seroquel, one of the two.
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However, no matter how widespread the influences of reason, purifying ritualistic smoke and/or antipsychotics become in this modern world, there’s still little that can dissuade low-information college students from becoming self-professed socialists nowadays — particularly when it comes to workers in “sweatshops” overseas who receive low wages for assembling goods bound for the West.
Even if they don’t know what the hell socialism entails and would identify Groucho as their favorite Marxist if they could identify either Groucho Marx or Karl Marx, four out of every 100 adults now say socialism is preferable to capitalism, according to the National Review, and younger liberals play a major part in that number.
Yaron Brook, executive director of the libertarian/objectivist Ayn Rand Institute, has a surprisingly liberal-sounding answer for any college student who might think this: Check your privilege.
In this viral clip, Brook described exactly why we have it all wrong when it comes to how individuals are paid in developing countries… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]