by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
Using reductio ad absurdum argument against leftists tends to fail. Leftists are not only quicker than you to conceive absurd ends, but also they probably have already reached or surpassed them, rendering your argument moot.
Basically, you ultimately can’t outdo a practiced illogician on his own turf. (That would be related to the old adage, “Never argue with a fool — they will drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.”)
Back in 2009, for example, I tried to illustrate the president’s faulty economics by putting them in the classroom. Good grades, like income, are earned through hard work or natural ability or some combination. Taking from those who earned them to give to those who haven’t will not only discourage those who earn good grades, but also encourage the others not to apply themselves any harder and therefore remain mired in a position where they could not earn good grades.
My satire tells of a teacher trying to fix the problem of the class’s poor learning through a series of bad policies:
My main assumption was that it would be so obviously foolish and irrational to treat grades this way that perhaps it would reveal the less obvious but still foolish and irrational treatment of income that way.
Instead, that assumption is what Cordato’s Law has struck down, hard.
The Pope Center has the details from University of Wisconsin at Madison economics (see?) professor W. Lee Hansen, writing in alarm over UW-Madison faculty senate’s newly adopted “diversity” policy, which calls for, among many other things:
proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.
Presumably, then, the “living grade” notion isn’t far behind, and per Cordato’s Law it’ll be followed by something even more ridiculous that I am fundamentally incapable of dreaming up.