An Idiot Grows at Harold Washington College
The professor clearly has no clue concerning economics or the societies that reside outside of campus computer centers. The letter sounds many of the same paranoid and delusional rantings that we have heard from the slavers of communism for decades. The response to this kind of nonsense is simple, where in the world have the ideas of Karl Marx helped poor people achieve anything beyond poverty? That is your weekend assignment professor, have at it.
Hugo Chavez is harming the oil sector that he has stolen by getting rid of people who actually know how to operate oil companies and the systems within those companies. Mr. Chavez is also looting the "nation's" oil revenues, which of course further helps to impoverish the poor of Venezuela. The professor also seems to appreciate the Cuban dictatorship of Fidel Castro, the man whom Chavez is emulating. Another weekend project for the professor: if Cuba is such a wonderful success why is the newest car on the island a 1958 Chevy?
The American embargo is not an answer due to the rather obvious reason that they could buy automobiles from other parts of the world. The Cubans could buy: Audis, BMWs, Mercedes', Porsches, Maybachs, Skodas, Volkswagens, Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Aston Martins, Fiats, Ladas, Ferraris, Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Toyotas, Lexus', Hondas, Mitsubishis, Nissans, Masserattis, Bugattis... They could buy new cars and they could buy used cars. No, an island nation of car guys who can keep fifty-year-old Buicks on the road simply cannot even afford a used Yugo, the simple reason for that is socialism. Socialism does not create wealth because it gives no incentive to anybody in society to succeed except the thugs who run the place. The ideas of Marx have given free rein to the sadists who are regime thugs throughout the communist world.
Ironically the places where the ideas of Marx have taken hold outside of the thug world of sadistic communist nations is the strange world of academics. These poor saps believe that they should be in charge of others despite the fact that for many of these people the biggest move that they have made is to off campus housing. The professor's delusions are especially distressing due to the fact that the student population at HWC is no doubt taking out loans to secure themselves a better future. I also attended college using student loans and know how difficult it can be to repay those loans while attempting to start a career. I also payed for college by programming computer systems, mostly accounting and inventory systems. To those students I have one thing to say, watch out for any professor who is friendly towards the ideas of Marx; sure you can brown-nose those fools in class and on tests but the minute you walk out those doors toss those idiot's ideas in the trash where they belong.
In 1865 America concluded a hot war (the cold war went on for years and in some areas is still going on) that cemented the idea that individuals cannot own other individuals. People like Castro, Chavez and Buchheit believe that they can collectively own individuals. They are disgraces.
So here is the challenge Professor Buchheit, where in the world have the ideas of Marx helped people? As a warning, I've been doing this little exercise for decades.
Update: the title of this post was inspired by the Betty Smith novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The book was later made into a musical after Hollywood made a movie out if it that was directed by Elia Kazan. The late Mr. Kazan was a living, breathing Boogie Man to generations of American communists and their fellow travelers.
Update2: I have amended two sentences that a reader found offensive. The amended sentences were accurate but needless.