“An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, and name calling all resulted in hard feelings as no one would study any longer for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because under capitalism when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when the government levels the playing field and takes more of reward away; no one will try or want to succeed as much as before. Could not be any simpler than that.” -evilteabagger
Every time the Evilteabagger opens his mouth, you can literally smell the you know what!
First of all, it’s tempting to just say that making the analogy of an economics class to that of the economy as a whole is just absurd and well… like comparing apples to the economy.
But let’s just go with his analogy for a minute. Because in a very unintentional way Mr. Evil shows us how his theories are like hot air balloons. They appear solid and massive, but as soon as the supply of hot air runs out, or if someone were to poke a hole in it, the balloon will shrink and fall to the ground.
Mr. “Professor” fails an entire class for trying to prove how Socialism might be a good idea. Instead of using logic and reason to prove them wrong, he demonstrates how the class is powerless over his authority. Basically by demonstrating how one corrupt person change the intent of a well meaning majority.
The professor employs a carrot and or stick incentive model. Which is ironic because he’s using the tools of capitalism to control the outcome of a socialistic experiment. Do well as a group and the whole class passes. Do poorly as a group and the whole class fails.
First- I would argue there there truly is no benefit or incentive. A person with the mental capacity to pass on his own wouldn’t even bother signing on to such a ridiculous experiment. If someone could document the actual class and who this professor is, I’d like to know. I doubt this is little more than a silly story spun up by a third grader to prove his point. Not to mention how unethical this experiment is. That is, if it’s true.
Second- It really only has punishment at it’s core. No one really argues that everyone should have the same as the next person. Just that things should be more fair. What if instead of grades that the clever professor/tyrant/capitalist had the power to distribute let’s say water on an island where there is none. This I would argue is much more of an incentive. And if the class as an average failed, than the whole class would not get any water. But if they all did their jobs correctly as a whole than no worries, everyone gets water. We can take this analogy further and say that the professor hires the biggest boys in the group, and pays them with water, to ensure that no one else takes any water. And on top of that the professor singles out the prettiest girls to enjoy his company and his water just because he just likes them. Well this pretty much ensures that everyone else will do as they are told. What’s the alternative? A fight to the death? Perhaps, but I think most level headed people would do almost anything to avoid that kind of scenario. And I’m pretty sure that as a whole the test would be satisfactorily accomplished. Sure there would be some students who couldn’t keep up, that’s just nature, we are not all capable of the same things, but the consequences will ensure that the rest of the group will pick up the slack. This is a classic divide and conquer mechanism at the heart of capitalism.
Third- Of course socialism cannot survive in a capitalistic construct. That really isn’t what socialism is about. So let’s say that the class, without a leader to make up his own arbitrary rules, decided to divide the water equally without regard to some despotic leader’s notions of fairness, or regard for the stupid meaningless test itself. Than I would argue that fairness would rule the day. Unless of course someone decides to conspire to take control over the water and to have his bidding done in order for anyone else to get any water. Than he would be the new professor, same as the old professor. Which is exactly what capitalism is. It’s the authority of the powerful, dictating the rules of survival. Don’t like it? Tough luck, your fired, because he’s the boss. So instead of passing some stupid test, now you have to clean his house, polish his trophies or any other meaningless arbitrary task. And this leader would say something like: “Without me none of you would have any water, and none of you would have anything to do, so this is the best way to keep social order, otherwise we’d all be wasting time on the beach, or fighting over the water. FALSE! We would share. It’s in our nature to be kind. But when barred from doing the right thing, by threat of hired enforcers of the system, (cops, banks, tax collectors, schools, corporations) than yes we are all gonna scramble and do what we gotta do to just to get the water and survive. To be kind is in most of our natures. And it only takes one clever, greedy little tool/authority figure, to fuck it all up for the rest of us.
Thank you Mr EVIL, You are the best spokesperson for socialism I’ve ever met.
P.S. Socialism is at the heart of every religion and spiritual belief, and capitalism is Godless. Peace out!