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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COMMENTS

Rob says:14 Aug 2013 22:55 EDT
Harami, thanks for that Lesniewski quote. Can you post / email me a link to your source?

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Harami says:14 Aug 2013 15:24 EDT
You guys really need to add an edit or delete option, now I've tripled posted, the horror!

Jacob Lesniewski, a former professor of Charlie Vidal, calls him on his bullshit. Here is his summary/closing remarks.

"The problem low-wage workers who provide us with the high calorie processed food that we so crave face is not that the invisible hand of the market has set their wages so low because of their own human capital. The problem is that the very visible hands of corporate strategy and government policy have weakened the institutions that can empower them collectively to bargain more effectively for better working conditions and wages. The market and consumers can bear higher wages. The question is whether or not the pendulum of power in this country can shift enough to workers so that they can push for those changes."
Harami says:14 Aug 2013 15:17 EDT
And a character limit cut me off, but here is the quote from the joke of an article,

"If McDonald's increased the wage to $15 an hour, workers who currently make more than current McDonald's employees but less than $15 an hour would flock to apply for the new higher-paying job. With people whose employers currently see them as worth $12, $13, or even $14 an hour seeking to work for McDonald's, the current McDonald's employees would have little chance of hanging on to their jobs."

If you raise the paying wage PEOPLE WILL FLOCK TO MCDONALDS AND MASS CHAOS WILL FOLLOW!!111! OH THE HUMANITY111!! We have to protect their jobs by paying them a wage they can't fucking live on! Ungrateful scrub serfs!

If he's a Libertarian (he isn't) he'd be all for a competitive market and paying someone a decent wage so they could have the opportunity to better their life.

Oh well, I'm sure Leah will ignore all the points I've made and focus on run on sentences as it offends her inner grammar and syntax nazi. Sorry that learning a masters level education in Arabic has obliterated my sense of a rational length sentence in English, not that it'd impress her anyway.
Harami says:14 Aug 2013 15:11 EDT
Leah and the rest of the cheer leaders in the comment section... you missed the point of the article. You chose to ignore the fact Charlie Vidal wrote a piece titled, "McDonald's Pays Minimum Wage Because That's What it's Employees are Worth". Typical bull shit to avoid the crux of the issue and instead go for the "he's just making fun of someone" meme.

The fact you also chose to intensely focus on poor little Charlie's feelings and attempts at change instead of his message makes it pretty fucking evident you're playing on the establishment team.

I'll quote it again in the off chance you come back so I can spell out the cruel irony in a Millenial bashing his own generation for making minimum wage and then referring to himself as a Libertarian:

"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."

The entire article, if you bothered reading it (which I doubt) from Charlie Vidal, smacks of hubris and he makes it abundantly clear he's better than lowly serf minimum wage scrubs because he has a useless certificate of attendance from an accredited institution. That and it's utterly fucking illogical.

Here is a brick of intellectual honesty right here from the article...

"If McDonald's increased the wage to $15 an hour, workers who currently make more than current McDo
Anonymous says:09 Aug 2013 15:22 EDT
Anyone else feel like this website looks like a bad trip on acid?!
Rebecca says:09 Aug 2013 15:14 EDT
Is there a point to this article? Thanks, Google, for dropping me in the dark corner of the internet again...
Leah says:09 Aug 2013 15:08 EDT
I find it hard to be enthralled in material written by someone who rather make personal attacks against aspiring writers rather than prove them wrong. I mean, have you made one logical point against the article? Bullying others simply because you disagree with them accomplishes nothing. In fact.

The real "traitor" is the person who rather attack advocates than contribute to society. You either have a personal vendetta against these writers, or you seriously have nothing else to do.

No matter what the answer is, bless your heart.


And to your buddy who commented above:
Dropping curse words in your posts discredits your point. Also, if you would have embraced our "adult day cares," you would have learned how to avoid a run-on sentence.

I appreciate your effort, but I'm not impressed.
Mom says:09 Aug 2013 15:01 EDT
Rob, this is your mother. How many times do I have to tell you to quit posting these childish blogs? If you don't get your butt off the couch in the basement and start looking for a job, then I will have your father deal with you. Those McDonalds jobs would actually be better than you writing posts on here with no substance about some kid you don't know that likes to watch sports.

It's time to grow up son. You will never be a writer or a journalist.
Anonymous says:09 Aug 2013 14:52 EDT
Hi, my name is Rob Schneiderdick. I have nothing to say, so I'll just make fun of someone that I disagree with.
Harami says:08 Aug 2013 17:54 EDT
Charlie Vidal, future try hard for the establishment and despite his unpaying debt has managed to convince himself he's better than his scrub compatriots that didn't have the gaul to better themselves at government indoctrination camps, I mean college.

No, I fucking meant indoctrination camps, or adult day care.
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