This Professor

The fire of his intellectual jargon melts away the irony.

What irony?

I once heard a guy say, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

My musings are interrupted by this professor, who states

“Our institutions must be changed to address the racial disparities and inequities set forth from the legacy of oppression in America. This restructuring will solve the reality of the current systems of a white male-dominated hierarchy. Our only tool is the fire and the courage to assemble the political power necessary to correct past wrongs”.

So he wants a more expansive government with more power to establish “equality,” promote “fairness,” and adjudicate social justice?

Do we trust the government who interned Japanese-Americans, established Jim Crow laws, drafted Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam teenage soldiers, legitimized slavery, imposed dictatorships, embargoed nations, deported people and tortured protestors with this power?

Can we say that such misdeeds are all in the past? So we want to give such power to a government that establishes Arizona SB 1070, operates Guantanamo Bay, incarcerates the highest amount of people in the world, defines who can marry whom, invades our privacy, supports irresponsible banking and wants to violate personal sovereignty and responsibility?

Maybe the solution is not more but less government.

This professor wishes to drop thoughts into my head without me questioning his opinions, but I am not a piggy bank. The fantasy of retribution through force, coercion and intimidation by the state is simply not how I roll.

Individualism and the vehement defense of property, of rights and of human life are social justice. It means judging a person:

By their ideas, not their color
By their minds, not their class
By their talent, not their accent
By their creation of value, not their sexual orientation
By their enterprise, not what’s between their thighs

Its corollary, free-market capitalism, establishes voluntary, decentralized and peaceful social cooperation. It rewards serving customers and punishes prejudice.

We do not live in a free society, nor we do not live in a socialist one. However, every violent, vicious and voracious breach of free will continues to empower those with privilege and further oppress the oppressed.

We do not live in a free society, but I want to live in one.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I heard a guy say that once.

 
 
 

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