It’s not hard to find a college student these days who thinks socialism is preferable to capitalism. What’s harder to find is a student who can successfully defend socialism when it’s challenged to the slightest degree.
Conservative college watchdog group Campus Reform discovered that when they visited Florida International University in Miami and asked pro-socialism students if they’d be willing to share their high grades with students who had lower grades.
Asked about socialism, students praised it as favorable for giving opportunities to people because “there’s so much excess in America.” One student complained about his family in Europe having free college and health care when he doesn’t.
But those same students were deeply rattled when asked if they were OK with their high GPAs being shared with students with low GPAs to even things out.
“I’m all for helping, but I wouldn’t, like, ‘Oh, let me just give you some of my portion,’” a pro-socialism student objected.
“It’s hard,” a student admitted. “I guess it would be kind of hypocritical for me to say no.”
“That’s completely different,” another female student argued before explaining, “because I’m studying all day for my grade.”
Asked what the difference is between sharing grades and sharing income, one male student said, “I feel like the difference is, “You study for your grades, and grades often reflect how much time you spend studying.”
In other words, you have to work for good grades but not for a good income?
“I sacrifice a lot to get my GPA,” said another male student who doesn’t want to share his good grades. “I don’t go out as much as I’d like to, but that’s for a greater goal in the future.
“So, no, I wouldn’t sacrifice my own things...to help somebody else who didn’t want to make those same sacrifices.”
“There’s some people who are in the bottom, but they really are working, but some people are in the bottom and they deserve that [low] GPA,” a female student admitted.
“Isn’t it about helping the less fortunate?” Phillips asked another pro-socialism student who said she wouldn’t share her good GPA.
“They’re basically profiting off my work for [themselves]!” she objected.
“I don’t think [grade equality] would be a good idea because then you’re taking from people that earned that grade, and what about the ones that aren’t really working hard for their grades? They’re just going to get something they don’t really deserve,” another student explained, giving an incredible argument for capitalism and meritocracy.
But one male student tried to give a really smart reason for sharing income but not grades, saying, “I don’t think they’re comparable because your GPA isn’t linked to your quality of life.”
“But you still have to earn it [your grades] the same way you’d have to earn a salary, right?” Phillips countered.
“Well, I don’t think most rich people in this country necessarily earn it. Much of that money is inherited. Much of that money is from made from the stock market. They’re not even actually working for that; they’re pressing a button behind a computer for that,” the young man tried to explain with two false arguments.
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