Getting the Grade: Socialism in Practice

I’m amazed at how many people actually identify themselves as socialist-progressives, especially on college campuses. But how many of these people truly believe what they say they do?  By using the old adage of “actions speak louder than words,” I set out to find if these self-proclaimed socialists actually understand, and, more importantly, practice their coveted socialist principles.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this month, I attended a seminar that encouraged participants to get involved on college campuses. It is well known that the liberal indoctrination of our schools is in full swing, so it’s important that we do what we can to take back some of that ground. One of the concepts that really caught my eye was exposing socialism for its destructive, regressive, and unpopular nature.

Since socialists rely heavily on redistribution of wealth principles, I decided to bring those principles to my campus. I started a petition to redistribute the grade point averages (GPA) from the high scoring students to the students that are struggling to pass. Since the 4.0 students are ‘too successful’ we could trim off their excess points and redistribute them to the lower tier of students. For a campus with an average GPA of 3.0, this would mean that every student on campus would be able to pass and ultimately get their degree.  This plan symbolizes why No Child Left Behind is ineffective.

When I first introduced the idea to my socialist classmates, they quite literally laughed at me.  They scoffed at the idea and remarked that this is “not fair to [them] since [they] generally receive “A’s” in all of [their] classes.”  They told me that it wouldn’t be right for them to give a grade they made to someone who scored poorly.  They even had the audacity to tell me that they “earned” their grade.  Needless to say, they refused to sign the petition.  I also asked them if they still believed in redistribution of wealth in regards to the federal tax structure.  They unanimously responded with “yes.”  Sadly, they don’t see the irony in their answers.

So why is socialism so destructive?  An economics professor at Texas Tech University gave us that answer.  At his students’ requests, he decided that he would experiment on socialism in his classroom.  The class thought that redistributing the test grades would be a novel idea because everyone would pass if the grades were averaged together. There would be no A’s, but there also wouldn’t be any F’s; it would be the great equalizer.  On the first test, the class average was a “B.” The students that studied hard were upset, but the students who studied very little were thrilled. As the next test came up, the slackers studied even less and the good students decided that they also wanted a free ride, so they studied less as well. The result was everyone getting a “D.” On the third test, the class average was an “F.” The professor pointed out that “socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.”

As you can see, we need to move away from the socialist direction that we are heading.  We desperately need to inject incentive back into the equation. How can we do this?

We need to eliminate the progressive income tax system that our government uses; the progressive income tax is heavily outlined in the Communist Manifesto.  The progressive income tax penalizes success by taking more money as you earn more. We need to replace it with a flat tax system that allows everyone to have some “skin in the game.”

We also need to scale back all of our welfare and entitlement systems in this country; they are choking us. The government (more accurately, tax-paying citizens) can no longer afford to subsidize those who want a free ride. The government simply needs to perform only its legitimate functions such as maintaining a military and improving infrastructure. It doesn’t need to partake in institutionalized plunder in which it forcefully takes property from one citizen who earned it and gives it to another citizen who didn’t earn it.

Liberals are enamored by the concepts of equality and fairness, but they go about achieving it in the wrong way. They simply want to create a system where equality is the outcome. Everyone will finish the race at the same time. We conservatives are also concerned with equality, but in the equality of opportunity. We believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity in pursuing their dreams, with work ethic and determination being their only limiting factors.

Jeffrey Max :: Texas Wesleyan University :: Fort Worth, Texas :: @JeffreyMaxxx

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  1. ZT205
    Feb 27, 2012 - 05:24 AM

    The anecdote in the article is an urban legend: http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/socialism.asp

    I think it’s also clear the author hasn’t actually read the Communist Manifesto, because the central theme is definitely not income tax. Wealth is not the same thing as grades– wealth is often a product of many factors one doesn’t control, and is built using resources that initially came form the commons. Grades, on the other hand, are designed specifically to measure individual achievement.

    Furthermore, there’s a big difference between Communism (abolition of private propety), Socialism (state ownership of most businesses and heavy redistribution of wealth) and a progressive income tax which redistributes a relatively modest amount of wealth– even before you consider all the loopholes for businesses and for the wealthy. The author seems to conflate this with redistributing all wealth. This is just stupid. It’s kind of like arguing against a war by comparing it to slaughtering an entire country. Obviously, if a liberal made that kind of blatant error you’d notice.

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    • CB
      Mar 19, 2012 - 08:44 AM

      @ZT205 – Perhaps it’s urban legend, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Clearly you didn’t read the link you posted.

      Secondly, communism is a failed social experiment. There has never been a successful communist government, for exactly the reasons outlined above; with no reward there is no effort. Capitalism may have it’s faults, but it doesn’t hold a candle to communism when it comes to state-sanctioned suffering. I’d suggest you read some history before you get too involved in politics.

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  2. Frank
    Feb 22, 2012 - 05:43 PM

    love the socialist grading idea, and the irony in the follow up responses. unfortunately, this isn’t limited to college campuses. people i know who claim to have “socialist values” are the first to seek out the best hospitals for their kids if anything goes wrong, and they also tend to have expensive hobbies or habits. tell them you’re going to take that way in favor of giving someone who can’t afford those things a “fair shake”, even if they didn’t earn it, and you end up with a blithering idiot unable to defend his/her own political stances.

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  3. Tray
    Feb 22, 2012 - 04:06 PM

    That’s just a false dichotomy.

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