The difference between the Liberals and Labor/Greens


Via Merilyn on email.

A young woman was about to finish her first year of university. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very Labor minded, and she was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs – in other words, the redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch blue-ribbon Liberal, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had attended, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harboured an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth, and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing at university.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 90% average, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many university friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?” She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 50% average. She is so popular on campus; university for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 20% off your average and give it to your friend who only has 50%. That way you will both have a 70% average, and certainly that would be fair and equal.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the Liberal side of the fence.”

If anyone has a better explanation of the difference between Liberal and Labor/Greens, I’m all ears.

Another oldie but goodie is here.

Comment: Subject: Capitalism vs Socialism

Interesting way to explain the difference

Think about this…

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single
student, but had once failed an entire class.

The class (students) insisted that socialism worked since no one would be
poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said,
“OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.”

“All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so
no one will fail and no one will receive an A.”

After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The
students who had studied hard were upset while the students who had
studied very little were happy.

But, as the second test rolled around, the students who had studied little
studied even less and the ones who had studied hard decided that since
they couldn’t make an A, they also studied less. The second Test average
was a D.

No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average grade was an
F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling, all resulted
in hard feelings and no one would study for anyone else.

To their great surprise all failed. The professor told them that socialism
would ultimately fail because the harder people try to succeed the greater
their reward (capitalism) but when a government takes all the reward
away (socialism) no one will try or succeed.

Of course, both are fictitious examples, but their essential truth is solid. It’s a real head-scratcher how anyone with half a brain ends up a Leftist.

And BTW, here’s a comment from where I found the Texas Tech story…

This Professor would have looked like a bit of an idiot if the students had all joined together, and helped out the struggling students, and shared revision notes and textbooks, and if the knowledge that their own hard work would benefit the whole class had spurred them on out of a sense of shared purpose with their classmates, and everyone’s grades had improved, and the lazy students had worked harder as they did not wish to let their friends down, and everyone had got As.

But that would never happen. That’s the point.

UPDATE

“Leftism” makes me wanna do this (not for those with weak stomachs!).

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    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • January 10th, 2011

    An explanation for ‘being Green’: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eric_tank/2678855518/

    Cheers

    • Fond memories, mate. Fond memories.

  1. I am glad to see the first story has been adapted (or perhaps adapter here from you) from the Colonies Democrats and Conservatives. ;)

    • Jus’ holding the fort… ;)

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