Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Libertarian" Advice for College Graduates: Join the Military

I just came across a 2014 speech delivered at the American Enterprise Institute by the "libertarian" Charles Murray.

The speech was based on his then-new book, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life.

Murray makes a few interesting points during the speech but I found his theory of culture and elitism generally unconvincing.

Most shocking though is that, in the speech, he suggests to the audience , made up of college students,  that one option they might choose is to learn "resiliency" by joining the military after graduation.

Which I guess is okay if the college students don't mind that resiliency may mean learning how to cope after having limbs blown off. Or the students don't mind adventuring into foreign lands and killing those who don't go along with the dictates of the Empire.

How horrific.

BTW: Murray mentions during the talk that he did not enter the military. He was of draft age during the Vietnam War but does not fill the audience in on how he missed that opportunity to learn "resiliency."


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