Just when you thought hope for conservatism was lost on college campuses, they let one of us take the wheel.
I am a Master's graduate nearing Ph.D. conferral. My dissertation is being written to demonstrate the overwhelming viability of lessened government intervention in free markets and reduced taxes as a conduit to lower unemployment, higher wages, and better benefit dissemination.
I am also a proud professor of political science and economics.
I know what you must be thinking:
What the heck is a conservative, anti-Keynesian economist doing infiltrating liberal academia?
My answer is very simple: I am fed up with the left-wing indoctrination of our susceptible, impressionable youth via public education - and rather than complain about it, I am taking my fight to the trenches.
If there is a canard to be refuted in politics, it is the ridiculous notion that liberals are somehow more educated than conservatives. Quite the contrary, conservatives have historically relied on facts and reason to quash the ideals of those espousing public-sector solutions to policy problems. It has only been the betrayal of conservative principles and values that has allowed liberal ideals to win over what has been, at times, a snake oil buying public.
The unsurprising reality of the college classroom is much like it is at the ballot box. As easily as a student can be indoctrinated by a left-wing ideologue in the classroom, he can be freed from the lies and distortions of the left with regards to conservatism. When both options are presented in a non-biased (yet factual) manner, it's quite refreshing to witness the number of students who, through no coercion whatsoever, opt for the conservative route.
This was the case when I recently presented the president's budget and the bleak economic outlook of the country (as the projected deficit exceeds 10% of the overall GDP) to my class. As they took a look at receipts and outlays, it became patently clear to all that the spending of the federal government was bankrupting their future and the futures of their children and grandchildren. As they pondered the total accumulation of debt at the end of the decade, they swiftly began to loudly proclaim that spending cuts were necessary to save the country's economic future. Not a single student made the assertion that raising taxes was the solution to this economic quandary.
This was, my friends, a class of mostly liberal students before the debate based on their comments to that point. That so many could be persuaded by facts so quickly via a single class session speaks volumes of the opportunities we have to encourage such revelations from the inside.
If you take anything away from this diary, please let it be the following:
There are some within the walls of higher academia working to overturn what has, thus far, been an unbalanced diet of anti-capitalist nonsense fed to the mouths of babes. Some of these students were strong enough to overcome the indoctrination, but others have simply needed the opportunity to properly digest both lines of thought before realizing which ideology is the economic path to individual, group and aggregate prosperity and which represents the path to despair.
There was a time when I thought my principles and values would exclude me from higher education. Now that I'm inside, expect nothing but my relentless mission to reverse the damage that has been done to our precious youth as they helplessly made their way through public school systems. The left had their opportunity to ruin these kids. Now, they're mine to educate the right way.