Apr 272010
Authors: Samuel Lustgarten

Calls for unbridled financial freedom are ever-present in America. Much of this administration’s progress is met with ignorant contempt. Unfortunately, our generation is heeding the calls for less taxation.

A selfish rise in self-preservation has taken hold. We’re swept up by opportunists’ cries of burgeoning debt, war and a new socialist government.

Political discussions with contemporary conservatives fall flat. A smattering of commentators and parental talking points effervesce. This onslaught is appalling. People are unable to converse about the illusion of the free-market, capitalism and what socialism truly is.

Get rid of names and you see a utopian right, comparable to Marx’s left: The libertarian movement. In the face of the largest higher education crisis in this country, they argue for tax cuts. Burgeoning debt, prison and threats to social security? One big tax cut. If not a cut, a complete annihilation of every welfare system that protects the lower-middle class from further poverty.

Traditional Republicans have coupled with the libertarian movement; their commonality is a belief in laissez-faire absence of regulation. Flying in the face of our current recession, libertarian ideals argue for less –– the market will guide itself.

Fraud, corruption and greed? Our everyday Neosporin, the invisible hand, will cure all. The U.S. has already decentralized the regulatory bodies. With the devolution of power, no commission has enough clout to make headway. This negligence will lead to more Bernie Madoffs and Enrons.

How many times must we suffer to get it? Alan Greenspan’s economic model, Austrian economics, Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman, they’ve all been proven wrong (many times over). Something must be done, lest we ignore history.

Advertisers, politicians and commentators are latching on to this generation. They can quickly warp our malleable minds and push a message of normalcy that is actually an extremity.
Last week, the Collegian featured a story about the state’s funding of public higher education. Colorado’s system is set up to fail.

Taxes are misdirected, and the decline of higher education will be the death of CSU as an educator of the masses. It will become a school for the affluent or face defeat and perish. The death of public schools is happening before our eyes.

Nationwide, top schools like Berkeley are continually declining in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings, losing their strong footing to the likes of Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

Free-market, capitalist libertarians hail the demise of public schools and the subsequent rise of privates as success.

Endowments at the privates are continually rising, and billions are being pumped into their systems. And as public schools decline in affordability and quality, we’ll wave goodbye to the sanctity of this country’s future.

With such potential for calamity, how can anybody at CSU vote libertarian or believe in these Utopian ideals? Liberty won’t come from lower taxes. The propagandist message of redirected and simultaneous tax cuts is more than flawed –– it’s reckless.

Our generation’s recent stands for higher education aren’t heard –– there’s no money in it. Even more, this generation is growing apathetic and hopeless. The greedy minority would rather witness the full-scale demise of this country’s brilliance and massive education. We’ve already lost the first-place spots in most forms of education. We’re winning in the game of limbo. How low shall we go?

If you’ve made it thus far, I trust that you consider my views to be extremely liberal; or perhaps, socialist. Rather than argue against this wordplay, I’d like to promulgate the message that President Barack Obama isn’t perfect either. Shocking, I know, but Obama has a lot of room for improvement –– even for Democrats.

The mythical, devilish socialism must be rightfully considered. It’s time for a strong gut-check. The grandiose reality of the individual is quickly subverting our country’s strong hope for society as a whole. Greater regulation in markets, support for fundamental intellectual endeavors and a continued welfare state must be employed to defeat capitalism’s errors.

The gap between bourgeoisie and proletariat is widening; fail the masses, revolt will occur. I’m no longer parroting my parents’ taking points, are you?

Samuel Lustgarten is a junior psychology major. His column appears weekly in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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