Excuse Me, Professor
– Challenging Myths
Liberal propaganda is full of clichés – ‘humans are destroying the earth,’ ‘government solves problems,’ ‘communism helps the poor.’ Are conservatives prepared to challenge the status quo — and win? This past month on Eagle Forum Live, Anne Cori interviewed Lawrence Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education and author of the new book Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism.
Some people say that Jesus Christ was a progressive, that Jesus advocated income redistribution to the poor. Reed couldn’t disagree more: progressivism, he says, is at odds with Christ’s teaching. Additionally, the evidence proves that income redistribution doesn’t help the poor — history shows us that socialism hurts them! Has anyone told Bernie Sanders?
Many prevailing ideas about economics and government are based on misunderstandings, and Reed’s book seeks to debunk those common myths. From “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,” to “people are destroying the earth,” and “capitalism hurts people,” no cliché is off limits, and Reed weighs into controversies with ease.
“To assume that the outcomes in the marketplace should all be relatively equal is to deny the unique individuality and the unique contributions that each of us make,” Reed pointed out on the air. While progressives present the idea that government operates as some kind of benevolent parent, making sure that everyone plays nicely and that no one has too much more fun than anyone else, conservatives take a different view. Government should not stand in the way of individual accomplishment: it should facilitate a secure and just environment, where all have the opportunity to create value and achieve success.
Lawrence Reed has authored more than 1,000 columns and articles on the topic of sound economics. Excuse Me, Professor is an anthology of common sense and wisdom on various economic questions, challenging progressive ideas and offering conservatives the tools they need to make articulate arguments. You can find the entire conversation between Anne Cori and Lawrence Reed by visiting the radio archives page at EagleForum.org/radio.