Guess What: Now You Can Major in “Social Justice”

Just what the world needs: another worthless college degree.

Today the University of Iowa became the latest institution of higher (so-called) learning when it made the nonsense concept “social justice” into a degree program.

In doing so it joined a growing number of universities offering such degrees, thereby giving left-wing students still greater opportunities to live in a bubble for four years, be confirmed in all their existing views, and not be troubled by dissenting voices.

(Meanwhile, outright assaults on their worldview are what libertarians and conservatives can expect to find on college campuses.)

What, pray tell, will people do with a “social justice” degree, except use their paychecks from Starbucks to pay off college debts for the rest of their lives?

In the meantime, I’m going to help teach younger folks something actually useful.

Save the date: on September 28, T.K. Coleman and I are going to run a free, live video session on entrepreneurship for teens. I’ll remind you as we get closer.

As of June, I myself am the father of a teenager. And I sure don’t want her ground up in the educational-unemployment complex. I’m sure you feel the same about your own children.

So forget the social justice degree. Head over to my live session with T.K. Coleman on September 28, and we’ll actually teach stuff that matters. (Hop onto my email list, which includes a free book, and I’ll remind you.)

In the meantime, here’s the opposite of a social justice degree, where you can learn non-p.c. history and economics that would give the social justice crowd a collective heart attack:

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It’s Back to School, Kids! Now Write Down This Stuff That Never Happened

It’s back to school time, and you know what that means.

“Why, children, where would we be without our wise public servants? You’d all be working in mines for ten cents a day, and the rest of us would be dead from poisoned sandwiches or exploding computer monitors.”

Suppose Walmart funded and administered the schools, with portraits of the the various Walmart CEOs smiling benignly upon the children from the classroom wall, and students taught to credit these men for every good thing about America.

We’d find that creepy.

But when it’s U.S. presidents on the wall, and the U.S. government credited with all that’s good and decent, that natural skepticism goes right out the window.

No doubt millions of kids are about to learn that the free market caused the Great Depression, and that “greed” explains financial crises. (Why aren’t we constantly in a financial crisis, then?)

They’ll learn that the New Deal restored the economy, even though unemployment remained in the double digits throughout the 1930s.

They won’t be told how the New Deal’s suspension of the antitrust laws to create cartels and artificially prop up prices made economic sense, or why slaughtering millions of pigs or paying farmers to plow their cotton back into the ground could have made people better off.

They’ll learn about the “robber barons” and “monopoly” in the 19th century. This will be mostly fact free, as I’ve noted on my show and in my books.

I myself remember leaving junior high school wondering how anyone could favor a laissez-faire economy. Why, haven’t they seen those pictures of terrible working conditions? That was as far as I was capable of taking the analysis.

Students will likewise learn that political decentralization is backward, stupid, and oppressive, and that centralized government is liberating.

This despite the fact that states used the power of nullification against the federal government in defense of free speech and free trade, and in opposition to slavery and unconstitutional searches and seizures.

State nullification will be portrayed as a “Confederate” cause, even though New England appealed to it more often than the South did, and even though Jefferson Davis denounced northern nullification of fugitive slave laws in his farewell speech to the Senate.

I’m not a Rush Limbaugh fan, but his best line of all time, uttered after being told that his show ought to give the other side equal time, is this: “I am equal time.”

So’s my Liberty Classroom.

I can’t do anything about teachers who are dead set on inflicting comic-book history on hapless kids. Same for the professors who are gearing up to do it in college.

But I can provide the truth to people who want it. I can inoculate you and your children against this foolishness.

Let me be blunt: almost no one knows even the small sprinkling of history in just this email.

There are volumes and volumes more where that came from. Listen on your commute, and make that time productive.

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They Don’t Dare Tell You the Point of July 4

Independence Day is coming up, and I wonder how many people really get why it matters.

In school, we were told this: “No taxation without representation.” Zzzzzzzz.

The real principles were more like the following.

(1) No legislation without representation.

The colonists insisted that they could be governed only by the colonial legislatures. This is the principle of self-government.

This is why a Supreme Court ordering localities around is anti-American in the truest sense. It operates according to the opposite principle from the one the American colonists stood for.

(2) Contrary to the modern Western view of the state that it must be considered one and indivisible, the colonists believed that a smaller unit may withdraw from a larger one.

(3) The colonists’ view of the (unwritten) British constitution was that Parliament could legislate only in those areas that had traditionally been within the purview of the British government. Customary practice was the test of constitutionality. The Parliament’s view, on the other hand, was in effect that the will and act of Parliament sufficed to make its measures constitutional.

So the colonists insisted on strict construction, if you will, while the British held to more of a “living, breathing” view of the Constitution. Sound familiar?

So let’s recap: local self-government, secession, and strict construction. Are these the themes you learned in school?

Almost certainly not, but they are the themes of our own course on the American Revolution. That’s on top of 16 other courses taught by pro-liberty professors, and that you can listen to in your car.

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Three Creeps Your Kids Are Taught to Admire

Ah, the U.S. presidents, whose benign visages looked down at you from your elementary classroom wall. Why, wherever would we be without these great men, citizen?

Here are a few we’re all expected to love.

Teddy Roosevelt, whose immediate predecessors had never issued more than 70 executive orders (and some even zero), issued 1,006. He couldn’t get a treaty through the Senate, so he dubbed it an executive agreement and enacted it himself. He thought executive power included whatever hadn’t been expressly prohibited. He’s a hero, kids!

Franklin Roosevelt blamed the Depression on greedy rich people (now there’s a sophisticated business cycle theory for you), and then suspended the antitrust laws (so far, so good) so business could collude with government to keep prices up via the National Recovery Administration. He threw millions out of work by artificially limiting how much agricultural land could be under cultivation, and had huge quantities of wheat, cotton, and pigs destroyed. We’d all be dead in a ditch without him, kids!

Harry Truman, who, fresh from his war atrocities, contemplated sending the army into the countryside to confiscate meat from farmers, instead of just lifting the price controls. He seized the steel mills from their owners — because hey, he’s the president! He took the country to war on his own say-so, ignoring the Constitution. He was awesome, kids!

There are plenty more where these came from, as Brion McClanahan shows in his new book, 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America.

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