[quote=“shockedcanadian, post:7, topic:47716”]
I went to University and took a number of Humanities and Sociology courses (most were mandatory). Being from a poor family myself, I heard a great number of arguments of how the poor had it tough and the reasons for it, to disagree would place a target on your back. I agreed with the first part of the discussion that the poor have it tough, the second part I disagreed most of the time, and in particular with the responses/solutions. Having a laissez-faire, right leaning opinion was always unacceptable during my University years, and in particular, it is unacceptable in Canada where many (usually those working for the state) deemed right leaning opinions as “dangerous”, because, well, you know, “this would force the government to be smaller, more efficient and OUT of the lives of citizens. This would allow the free market to reign, based on talent and competition”. Very few if any will say it, but if you dig deep enough into someones discourse (I generally start with “what do you do or a living”) you will understand why they have that position.
During an MBA class a female professor was explaining to the class why women should work hard to be leaders in the corporate world, she said it was the only way to “change the prevailing male dominance in business”. When I asked her what her thoughts were on women starting businesses and innovating NEW businesses and corporations, her response was “well so many new businesses fail so that’s not the best approach”. Huh? That’s the attitude coming from an MBA prof, you can imagine how the person from the sociology department feels.
I recall my Aunt being so proud of me when I graduated with Honours, as she put it “you have really done well considering where you came from”. I responded that where I came from didn’t matter, where I was going was the important point, the application of my abilities should lead to success. I too realized early the crutch that people would provide and the arguments AGAINST free markets, Individualism (at least in Canada) and globalization. The desire to take more from those who had, while expecting nothing more at all from those who need and should be working hardest to achieve. I absolutely disagreed except for a few instances, such as my professors right to strike, which they did, and in which I still went to school and even approached one of the professors who was picketing to let him know, in essence, “I support your right to strike, I need to come to school and do my work as I don’t have the luxury of falling behind”.
These college students are setting themselves for failure. Instead of working hard and demanding equality based on the inequality of talent, which would ensure the best and brightest are awarded as they apply themselves, they want Communism. They won’t use the words such as Socialism or Communism, but that is what they want, without even knowing that this is what they want.
Oh. For the record. I am currently working in a job I don’t like, among much younger and unprofessional employees. I am doing this as my wife have to pay our mortgage and make ends meet, it is what it is for the moment. I hear some at work complain about the low wages we get and the hard work (which it is). I agree with them, but I also say, “no one is forcing us to be here”. It has become more clear to me that Canada isn’t a place where talent and effort is rewarded as it should be, and my wife and I have discussed leaving for greener pastures. Your colleges are becoming like our Universities, which doesn’t bode well for the next generation of Americans. This is why I have a strong affinity to the words Carson and Rubio speak, they understand the dangers of socialism (and worse) by living through those difficult circumstances and still being able to see the forest through the trees…
[/quote]These are typical reactions of people who are basically common-sense folks when exposed to the utter LACK of common-sense among those in academia. I pursued an undergrad degree in Sociology because, at the time, I was a police officer and my academic “advisor” encouraged that “discipline”. At that time, I was ALSO intending to make law enforcement my career–despite the fact that it was NOT known to be terribly well-compensated monetarily. I always respected the law–in particular the Constitution. I made it my business to study it, what it says and what the intent was of those who wrote it. I acquired copies of The Federalist and studied IT in minute detail. I was accepted at the FBI’s Law Enforcement Academy and was scheduled to begin studying in Quantico in January of 1975, but made what may have been my WORST career mistake by allowing myself to be persuaded by the Mayor and City Manager to LEAVE the PD and take a job as an assistant to the City Manager. Since I was no longer a commissioned officer, I was therefore ineligible for the FBI Academy and missed out on that opportunity. During my pursuit of my bachelor’s degree, I managed to obtain enough non-sociology credits to graduate with a double major–including business administration. In my sociology classes, I was required to read some pretty militant stuff…“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and “Custer Died For Our Sins” among them. I was fortunate enough to have professors who were willing to accept my deep criticism of socialism as a political system and understand how I found it to be unworkable under our Constitutional Republic system. Their attitude was rapidly replaced in the 1970’s by one of INtolerance towards any opposing point of view. Remember that this was in Texas which has ALWAYS been pretty conservative–even when it was majority Democrat. We even had a GOP Senator in those days–John Tower, who was a shrimpy little guy, by the way–about 5’4" or so–and had to stand on a box to see over the average lectern.