A 2020 Citizenship Questionnaire for Millennials   Leave a comment

By Tom DiLorenzo (found on Lew Rockwell)

Source: A 2020 Citizenship Questionnaire for Millennials

The following is a set of propositions about the nature of government and its relationship to the citizenry that I think should be of special interest to the younger generation, whether they are “millennials” or one of the other nicknamed younger age groups.  Look at it as a quiz, with each answer either “agree” or “disagree” and see how you do.  Here we go.

  1. It would be better if we had a unified country. Disagree. I think we should dissolve into regions or constituent states.
  2. We should have equal rights with respect to other nations. I suspect I disagree with this. What does the question even mean?
  3. Any person who is not a citizen will be able to live in our country as a guest. Disagree, kind of. Guests have obligations to not mess up the place and in my home, if  you want to stay a long time, you will be given chores to do.
  4. Government has a duty to provide employment for all of its citizens. Disagree.
  5. All citizens should have equal right and duties. Agree – emphasis on EQUAL and with rights comes duties. If you shirk on the duties, the rights aren’t automatically yours.
  6. The economy must be carried out within the framework of the general good of the community. Disagree. Sure, you shouldn’t poison your neighbors, but businesses exist for their owners and shareholders to provide goods and services to their willling customers. It’s none of the community’s business what I do with my company, so long as my activities are not directly harming them.
  7. War profiteering should be a crime. Agree and disagree. War profiteering through the US government should be a crime. What a manufacturer of armament does in other countries is none of my business.
  8. Large corporations should be nationalized so that they serve the common good and not private interests. Disagree. Government should stop favoring some companies over other companies and then get out of the way.
  9. Corporations should adopt profit sharing. Agree and disagree. I think corporations that want to adopt profit sharing should, but they shouldn’t be forced.
  10. Government should provide old-age pensions to all retirees. Disagree, because of reality.  I’ll get a government pension that you can’t afford to live on. My private retirement investments will provide me with something I can live on.
  11. Government should cultivate a sound middle class. Disagree because government should just get out of the way and let people live their lives.
  12. Government should have a right to expropriate land for public purposes without paying for it. Disagree.
  13. Government should use tax dollars to educate all children. Disagree.
  14. All children should be educated about the state by the state as early as possible. Disagree
  15. All college education should be “free” and paid for with tax revenues. Disagree
  16. Child labor should be banned. Agree, except we need to define what constitutes child labor.
  17. The army should be a national army controlled by the central government. Disagree.
  18. Spreading false “news” should be illegal. Disagree. One man’s false news is another man’s facts.
  19. There should be religious freedom for all, as long as it does not endanger the existence of the government. Disagree. True faith is probably the largest danger to the government that could exist and that’s a good thing.
  20. Excessive materialism should be condemned and outlawed. Agree and disagree. Excessive materialism is a moral sin, but it shouldn’t be outlawed. Maybe ostracized.
  21. Government policy should be guided by the dictum of “Public Interest before Private Interest.” Disagree. What the heck is “public interest” and why is that somehow better than what individuals want?

If you answered “agree” to at least eleven of these statements, then you would have made a good Nazi.  They are all taken from the February 24, 1920 Platform of the Nazi Party, formally known as “The Program of the National-Socialist German Workers’ Party”.

Our good friend, the late Professor Butler Shaffer, used to present a version of this questionnaire to his first-year law students at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, generations of which must have been very surprised at how the previous sixteen years or so of public school indoctrination in collectivism had turned them into ideological soulmates of Adolf Hitler.

Posted January 3, 2020 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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