Socialism to classroom analogy
By Evan Bolling
November 21, 2009
Al Johnson's socialism to classroom analogy is absolutely genius.
Of course, however, if you think about it for even a second
more it becomes totally ill conceived.
Mr. Johnson is under the impression that his analogy reveals
a flaw in the concept of socialism. If Al was a contestant on
a game show, and drew that conclusion from such a scenario, the
annoyingly effective "ERR! ERR!" would rattle his inner
ear like an air hockey puck being slammed against the of edge
of its table. "I am sorry Al, but that is entirely incorrect"
the host would respond.
Here is why: Let's call the college class Al Johnson refers
to, "Class X". Being the dirty little college Commies
that they are, Class X believes in the idea that if everyone
works for the common good the world will continue spinning round
just as easily as it did under capitalism, perhaps a little better
even. The professor, an apparent allagiphobiac (the fear of
change) will not stand for such blasphemy, thus he conducts his
experiment. The fear of altering the status quo, a dominating
characteristic within the conservative platform as well.
For an easy follow along I have compiled a translation list.
Grades= Material gain in a society
Students= Members of any society (in this case America)
Teacher= "Tyrannical Red Regime" (government)
Level of Studying=Level of effort in a given environment
Students who study and ace the exam represent those who "produce
the most effort", i.e. doctors, lawyers, teachers, the money
making class of any hierarchy. And students who choose not to
study are analogous of those at the lower end of the caste, i.e.
janitors, gas station attendants, supermarket courtesies etc.
Here lies a poor comparison.
A failing grade means a failing in contribution to the overall
effort, "the common good" in Johnson's story. But
being a janitor, a gas station attendant or a supermarket courtesy
IS contributing to the common good. This fantasy comparison
is no bueno. It shows a HUGE lack of respect perhaps even prejudice
for vitals members of our economy. Both sides are equally important.
One could argue, however, that a doctor's duty to protect life
is a greater good to humankind than a worker who sweeps the streets,
and from one angle this is defendable.
The New York Yankees 1920 line up, featured Babe Ruth, the most
recognized player in sports history. Now Babe had hit 60 home
runs and was without a doubt the giant on the team. Wally Pipp
played first base for the pinstripes in '20. He existed barely
visible in the shadow that was the Bambino, so one could say
Ruth's effort was of higher value to the success of the team.
But what if the manager took Wally Pipp out of the game, every
throw to first base would have no greeting of leather, the team
would be broken. And a broken team, is a broken team, is a broken
"A Day Without a Mexican" directed by Sergio Arau best
illustrates the consequence of such harefooted thinking, One
morning California wakes up to find 1/3 of its population has
vanished. Garbage piles up and everything is falling apart.
The social, environmental and political implications threaten
the state's survival. As the day goes on we discover the characteristic
that links the missing people together is their Hispanic dissent.
The realization is that what has disappeared is the very thing
that keeps the American Dream running: cooks, gardeners, nannies,
farm and construction works, athletes and entertainers, and without
them what's left is a broken system. Just as a broken team is
a broken team, a broken society is a broken society. In that
sense, the most important sense all people's roles "A-F"
as Mr. Johnson would say are of equal value to maintain a working
In true Marxist fashion there is no social hierarchy, all are
equal. "From each according to their ability and to each
according to their need." What's so evil about that?
About: "Resident of Ketchikan
Received November 15, 2009
- Published November 21, 2009
lesson on Liberal vs. Conservative By Al Johnson
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