Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Free College and the Resurrection of Fascism

Fascism is defined in the Dictionary as “a governing system forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.” As a historical movement, fascism gained prominence in Italy during the run up to World War II as a prominent feature in the axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan. The racism that resulted was genocidal. The suppression of free speech was suffocating, including the burning of books that remotely expressed ideas of opposition. And, the fruit of this ideology was so grotesque, it left the world to resolve that it would never happen again … until now.

Earlier this month, a movement began on our American college campuses that if not thwarted soon, could produce fruit that is similarly toxic to the freedoms that America represents. While the movement had various credits to its beginning, it found widespread prominence with the abrupt resignation of the President of the University of Missouri along with two other faculty members. By way of background, there were three incidences of alleged racism on campus, two of which were never substantiated. The one that was substantiated, was never proven to be racially motivated, nor was the culprit ever identified. Certain activist groups on campus started demanding specific actions of monetary reparations towards minorities. The President was slow to respond resulting in students calling for his resignation. After a large portion of the football team threatened to boycott the upcoming game unless the President resigned, he appeased their wishes and resigned. This failure in leadership to stand up to intolerant student bullies resulted in a virus that spread to other campuses. Students walked out of classes under the guise of a “Million Student March.” They set up “free speech zones” where speech was in fact not free. They even denied the press their Constitutional freedoms. And, certain students were openly and violently punished for their stated views. As a result, racism reigned not in the faculty but in the students claiming to oppose racism. For example, on the campus of Dartmouth, black students were caught on camera screaming insults at passing white students, “F*** you, you filthy white f***s!'” and “F*** you, you racist s****!” That is racism on ugly display, but not by faculty. This is the beginning resurgence of fascism at the hands of those apparently poorly-educated in the subject of history. Allow me to illustrate this conclusion.

It is fascism that seeks as its means to its ends, to deny the freedoms of others. How ironic that “free speech zones” on college campuses are precisely where speech is censored and violently denied. Here is a newsflash: America is entirely a free speech zone! Stop trying to change that. Instead of denying the speech of those you disagree with, for the sake of freedom, respect and honor the freedoms of others. Abraham Lincoln famously said, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Which brings me to the richest irony of this sad chapter in American history. The demands of these college students include “Free college for all!” But, before anyone can effectively demand "freedom", they should start by honoring the freedoms of others, especially those who disagree. It is the very nature of this demand for "free college" that glaringly illuminates the protesters’ immaturity. What they are demanding with threat of fascist uprising is socialism. But, socialism is never free.

Probably the most important lesson we learned in Business School is this: There is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone always has to pay. Whenever you hear politicians or poorly-educated college students advocating for free anything, you are about to either be deceived, robbed or both. Either way, your attentions are better served elsewhere. Socialism, like fascism requires that we deny freedoms of others, if not all, under the lie that all will be free. All is never free.

On that point, Christian, as much as your heart might scream at you otherwise, socialism is not aligned with Christian theism. Jesus is not a socialist, but a King and benevolent dictator. Jesus imploring us to individually give to the needy is not advocacy for State-sponsored socialism. Individual charity is not socialism. And socialism results in suppression, the exact opposite of charity. For example, the Parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25:14-30 is a pretty clear example of economic freedom on approved display, not suppressive socialism. And, there are many more examples just like that one where Jesus advocates for freedom, including economic freedom.

By the way, under Christian Theism as well, there is no free lunch. Someone has to pay. But, under Christian Theism, that someone is Jesus. Jesus paid it all so that He can offer all to us freely (i.e. “It’s on Him”). Christian Theism, therefore, grants true freedom to all. But, Socialism denies freedom from all ... except for the ruling class, of course.

Economic freedom is still freedom. Christian, God does not approve of government denying economic freedom. Neither should you.

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