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  1. Chip, I’m sure he will be ok. His teachers may have tried to screw him up but he had and still has you to keep him straight. Let him milk the ivy league for all it’s got and give nothing back. Keep him straight and when he’s done he will turn on them like a beaten dog right after they fed him all they had.

  2. This is a superb article, Chip. I feel your palpable terror. I avoided that crisis with my son, by talking him out of going to college to learn how to be a suitable employee. Since I wouldn’t permit a stultifying TV set in our home while our children were growing up, he was already an avid reader and autodidact, taken to reading our encyclopedias cover to cover (this was before the Web existed). I would venture a guess that he was nearly as bright as your son. 🙂

    As concerned for his mind as you are for your son’s, I sat him down at age 14, and explained to him that when he graduated from high school, I was going to break his dinner plate, and he could no longer live in my home. He needed to be prepared to support himself, because my job as a parent and provider would be over.

    I explained that I would not pay for college tuition or co-sign a student loan, and why. I told him the choice was his; but his only hope of attending college was to buckle down and work hard to get straight A’s, in hopes of earning a scholarship. He certainly had the ability; but school was boring for him. He wasn’t learning much he didn’t already know, and considered most homework to be a waste of time. Achieving perfect grades, while easy, was an unpleasant chore.

    I offered instead an apprenticeship in the world of the entrepreneur and super-salesmen. By the time he graduated (and promptly moved into an apartment with his future wife), he was working full-time on a work-ed program, as my controller keeping our computerized books, doing most of the purchasing, my best salesman, and earning $3K a month (exceptional pay for an 18-year-old in the ’80s).

    When I sold the business a couple of years later, he got a big pay raise to manage the business for a couple of years transition for the new owners, before leaving to start one of his own. The Marxists professors never got a chance to poison his mind, and I am rather proud of the job I did as a parent, creating a productive member and successful employer for our society.

    I am glad you found and appreciated Brandon Smith’s profound article. I found it on Zero Hedge a couple of days ago, and linked to it here:

    This is a thought-provoking article on an important topic, of particular interest to me. Forget Left vs. Right, they are just two versions of altruism arguing over which side gets to rule the collective. The real battle is, and always has been throughout history, between individualism and collectivism. Individualism by its very nature fosters…[Read more]– ◄Dave► (@thoughtsaloud) April 14, 2013

    …where I commented:

    /// “This is a thought-provoking article on an important topic, of particular interest to me. Forget Left vs. Right, they are just two versions of altruism arguing over which side gets to rule the collective. The real battle is, and always has been throughout history, between individualism and collectivism. Individualism by its very nature fosters Liberty. Collectivism by its nature, always devolves into tyranny, of one sort or another.” ///

    I beseech you social conservatives to pry your minds open just enough, to notice that your advocacy of a ‘Christian Nation’ ruled by ‘godly men,’ employing the coercive power of the state, to enforce your preferred model of proper moral behavior on the rest of us, ‘for the good of society,’ is every bit as collectivist in nature as Marxism or Islam.

    If for no other reason, perhaps then you folks might better appreciate where libertarian oriented sovereign individualists like myself are coming from. A pox on both camps of altruistic, authoritarian, collectivist, statists, which are precariously perched on the steep slippery slopes of the pit of tyranny. Forgive me if I wear out this nearly 50-year-old quote:

    /// “You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down–up to a man’s age-old dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order–or down to the ant heap totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.” -Ronald Reagan, 1964 ///

    …it encapsulates my thankless mission to free minds from the Left/Right Kabuki theater, which the feudalistic oligarchs use to keep their collectivist vassals at each other’s throats, instead of their own. ◄Dave►

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