University of Michigan Class Teaches That Capitalism Should Be Overthrown

“Capitalism,” as economic freedom is commonly called, constitutes proof that in the long run, goodness is rewarded. Every other economic system throughout the history of mankind has been based on coercion — i.e., theft and slavery. But capitalism consists of private economic arrangements entered into voluntarily for mutual benefit. If angels had economics, they would be capitalists. This way of doing things has produced previously unimaginable levels of wealth, lifting people out of poverty by the hundreds of millions.

Consequently, the sort of people running our universities hate it:

A textbook used for an “activism” class at the University of Michigan teaches that capitalism should be “overthrown” – claiming “capitalism means waste, poverty, ecological degradation, dispossession, inequality, exploitation, imperialism, war and violence.”

The textbook, “Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution,” is assigned as mandatory reading for “Organizational Studies 203: Activism,” a class at the public university that pledges to teach students about the “struggles of movements past, as well as hands-on engagement with the struggles of today.”

The course is unbiased on paper, with its description stating “neither this course, nor its instructional staff, embraces or rejects any ideology, movement, or political project. We will not preach social change from any particular point of view.”

But the book blames the “global slump we are living through” on capitalism, adding it “is the predictable manifestation of a crisis-prone economic system rooted in production for profit rather than for human need. … [F]or the sake of human development and ecological sanity it needs to be overthrown.”

It describes capitalism as morally perverse, and defines it as “a profit-driven economic system rooted in inequality, exploitation, dispossession and environmental destruction.”…

It also touts pull quotes such as “capitalism turns men and women into economic cannibals, and having done so, mistakes economic cannibalism for human nature.”

Here is a pull quote from a book that would serve aspiring activists much better:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Already capitalism is as much dead as alive under our current quasi-socialist system. Economic freedom lost could take centuries to regain. If liberalism continues to erode liberty, the future will consist of slaves toiling for overlords, so that the wealth they create can be enjoyed by others, just like in the pre-capitalist past. Progressives would call this economic justice.

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What they are filling students’ heads with.

On a tip from J. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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