There is a certain truth in the old quote:
If you aren’t Liberal in your 20’s, you have no heart. If you aren’t conservative in your 40’s, you have no head.
With all that said, college kids get it, they just can’t believe it.
See, it’s not that somehow incentives don’t matter in the young, they do. It’s just that most folks lack the maturity to acknowledge that, and the harsh life lessons, that go with that when constructing a world view.
My favorite story regarding this matter is that old story of the Econ Professor, usually he teaches somewhere in Texas, who decided to teach his class the joys of the tender mercies of socialism:
That class had insisted that Socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, “Okay. We will have an experiment in this class on Socialism.” All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged, and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset, and the students who studied little were happy. But as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less, and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D. No one was happy.
When the third test rolled around, the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name-calling all resulted in hard feelings, and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed to their great surprise, and the professor told them that Socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
Such a simple and beautiful story, even if it’s urban legend.
But check THIS out. Real life example of how kids “get it” but simply can’t rectify their heart and head.
Hat Tip Scotty Starnes
I urge all of you to conduct the same interview on the campus of your choice.