Millennial Traitors, Part Two: Charlie Vidal
|by Rob Schneider|
File under: Baby Boomers07 Aug 2013 12:46 EDT
You know you're living in Fakenation when public policy majors are lecturing other people on their lack of productivity.
Allow us to explain.
There is a new younger conservative/libertarian site called "Policymic". Like the Daily Caller, it seems to have a thing for Justin Bieber, and publishes articles about him, so we know we're dealing with serious people.
But it's not all fun and games. Recently, Policymic featured a rather trenchantly titled article about the minimum wage:
You got that, you dirty burger flippers? $7.25 an hour is what you're worth. Forget the wholesale destruction of the economy wrought by your elders who spent the country's capital fighting two criminal wars and bailing out corrupt bankers. They have nothing to do with your lowly state of employment in our permanent economic depression. It's your fault for being worth so little to such a corrupt system that you can only work as a burger flipper.
You want to really be productive? Maybe you should be more like the author, Charlie Vidal. You see, Mr. Vidal claims to be a libertarian, somebody who believes in free markets. Presumably, somebody who believes in the power of the productive individual to succeed if given the freedom to do so.
So, of course, there is only one logical educational path for this maverick individualist. Get a degree in Public Policy Studies, of course!
The true frontier spirit of liberty indeed. In fact, I think that's what Henry David Thoreau suggested freedom fighters should do in Civil Disobedience — get pseudo-degrees that qualify oneself to work as a Beltway technocrat.
And don't miss the last sentence of that bio: "Charlie is a fan of the New York Rangers, Jets, and... Tottenham Hotspur." For those who aren't familiar, Tottenham Hotspur is a British football club (read: soccer team). We find it hard to believe that a fan of American sports could also somehow appreciate a single UK soccer team. In fact, we're willing to wager that Charlie has never even watched a full Spurs match. No, he just mentioned that fancy-sounding name to add a bit of 'high class' aristocratic garnish to his bio, to appear above the average, dopey American sports fan. Unfortunately, Spurs fans are nowhere near 'high class'. Not here, and not in the UK.
But more importantly, his degree of doublethink is truly outstanding. Let's assume that Mr. Vidal is entirely right that fast food workers are paid exactly as they should be paid, according to market forces. If you are a real free market libertarian, isn't the infinitely greater injustice in the world the massive government-corporate apparatus that is robbing the country blind daily? Wouldn't their salaries, the salaries of all the overeducated bureaucrats and corrupt contractors, be precisely zero in a free market system? And aren't they the people that have destroyed the economy to the extent that McDonalds is attractive employment to many otherwise talented people?
Of course, it's so much the easier to pile abuse and scorn upon the underclass than fight the people who have put them there. Especially when you want to join them.
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