Tuesday, March 17, 2009

From the Exponent Archives: The Case Against Libertarianism

This is one of the articles that got me banned from The Exponent, Baldwin-Wallace's Campus Newspaper. I was probably the most popular writer in the Op-ed section, though this probably due to the fact that I was the only one who wrote about the real world, not silly "I love my college" childishness. A rich alumni threatened not to give any money any longer if I was permitted to continue writing for the campus paper. Apparently, rumor has it that somebody on the college's Board of Trustees had it in for me from day one, and actually tried to make the case that my articles were "illegal" under some law.

I was banned from the Exponent after Timothy S. Davey started writing articles in response to mine in the paper. I eventually debated Davey, and 100 people came out to watch the debate. This was the first student debate in Baldwin-Wallace's history. The debate then circled the internet, and was covered in Workers World Newspaper. It was shortly after the debate that I was banned from the paper. In my opinion, the Exponent Staff are mostly a bunch of greedy, childish, careerists. During the election, the Exponent featured articles on "The Good Points of Barack Obama" and "The Good Points of John Mccain", written by the same person. The Exponent also attacked the campus protests against John Mccain's speech, with an article titled "Rudeness is not covered by the first amendement." Ironically even the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise, but what does research matter when you are a mouthpeice for the college bureaucracy...

None of the Exponent staff even had the balls to so much as speak to me about this issue since it occured. Ironic no? Oh well, here is an article from the archive. I intend on publishing many more of them.

The history classes in this country’s high schools are not doing their jobs. If they were, we would all know that there was a time in American History when there were no minimum wage laws, no welfare, no social security, no unemployment insurance, and no trade union rights.

If history classes were doing their job, we would learn about how this period of American history was known for horrendous working conditions, starvation, massive poverty, massive unemployment, child labor, and basic misery for almost everyone. If history classes were doing their jobs we would learn that the only people that benefited from this Lassaize-Faire period were the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and like, who brutally smashed all who resisted such conditions by forming trade unions and striking.

If history classes were doing their jobs, we would learn that it was because of the misery created by these conditions, that the government was forced by movements of the people to adopt programs to save people from the built in horrors of the free market economy. We do not have workplace health and safety regulations because of “elitism”, the agenda to make sure people make more than 6.85 an hour, hardly a living wage, has nothing to do with socialism.

If history classes were doing their jobs, we would know that the extreme free market capitalist system advocated by Ayn Rand, Ron Paul, and such has already existed and it was misery. Changes were forced by the people, who suffered greatly under them.

If history classes were doing their jobs, rather than lecturing us about the evils of “Communism”, there would be no massive support for Ron Paul’s candidacy among college students.

When I say “history classes”, I specifically refer to High School, because it is in college that many of us are forced to see the reality that there are, in fact, problems with the free market system. Sadly, many refuse to acknowledge this even now, and simply declare what they are learning is “liberal propaganda.” This is tragic.

Think about it? Do you want your student loans to still exist? Do you want to be able to collect unemployment while you are between jobs? Do you want to be safe in your workplace, and know that if you are injured on the job your boss will be held accountable? Do you want people to be starving because they cannot get government assistance to buy food?

The New York Times reports that this is already happening in Japan, as
one old man died of hunger because his benefits were cut.

Now, I can already guess what the libertarian response to such a claim will be. “His fault!” They will say. This is the libertarian belief to its core. Are you poor? It is your own fault. Do you not have the same educational opportunities as someone else? It is your own fault. Are you discriminated against? It is your own fault. The government should do nothing to help you. It must be your own fault, because everybody knows that capitalism is great, end of discussion.

The above is lunacy! But this is the belief of libertarians.

Wake up fellow college students! There are loads of the problems that exist in this world, and we have learned a long time ago that free market chaos and anarchy is not going to solve them.

Let’s march into a future that puts people in control of the economy, that’s a solution that HAS worked.

Note on Copyright: I was given verbal permission from Matthew Jurick, the Editor of the Exponent before it became the mouthpeice of the administration to publish any articles published in it on my blog, despite the fact that Exponent Campus Media owns the rights. If ECM wishes to challenge me for posting these "offensive" and "ravid" articles, I will happily take them to court, and use the trial to expose the censorship of this campus "forum."

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