As an English major…

February 19th, 2008

…I resent that it’s always the English professors who come across as idiots.

In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story lauding the developement of high school “diversity” courses, viagra usa capsule Marquette University associate professor of English Christine Krueger is quoted as saying:

“I think part of why this is attracting attention is that all the metaphors we used to use – melting pot, search mosaic – just aren’t working anymore, clinic because they let us skirt the ideas of injustice and equal distribution of goods.”

Equal distribution of goods?

She makes it sound like there is a big pile of stuff and the only fair thing is that everyone gets their share.

Of course, there is NOT a big pile of stuff sitting out there somewhere left by God or aliens or Mother Earth.

Goods are PRODUCED through the application of capital and labor to raw materials. And goods (and services) are only efficiently produced when there are significant rewards and incentives in place  for the workers and investors.

True fairness is when everyone is rewarded commensurate with their contribution. Unfairness is when someone gets an equal slice of the pie for doing significantly less or absolutely nothing.

And why would a course on multiculturalism lead to a focus on the equal distribution of goods?

A course on Marxism? Maybe.

A course on the utter failure of communism as a viable economic theory? Maybe.

A course on black, hispanic, asian, and native American cultures? I don’t think so.

Entry Filed under: Philosophy,Politics

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  • 1. Dave  |  February 21st, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    As a fellow English major I agree. Sometimes we get trashed for our fellow comrade’s idiocy. (hmm comrade, imagine that in a Russian accent)

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