It is precisely because far too many faculty, staff, and students at Brown University view themselves as "partners and agents for collective social change" that I am deprived of the pleasure of supporting a real education at Brown. They share the image of themselves as Progressive Elitists justified fully in the use of governmental force to impose values on a largely immoral or amoral people. They wish to micromanage the lives of millions of people they do not know, yet consider incompetent to manage their own lives. They ignore the essential fact that people are complex and highly differentiated in character, life circumstance, and values. They seek an easily acquired sense of intellectual and moral superiority, while abrogating to themselves power and money taken by force.
A real education would encourage students to see how honoring the equal, sovereign rights of the individual to life, liberty, property, the ownership of one's own body, mind, and labor, and the pursuit of personal happiness is the real path to achieving the general welfare. This education would illustrate the need for a legitimate government whose only purpose was the support of these individual rights and which would never seek to harm some while claiming it was helping the majority or some favored minority. A real education would make it clear that a government that forces some or many to serve the interests of others is tyranny and disruptive of the real benefits of life in a society. It would show how those benefits flow from the incredible richness of choices and freedom of action when all of our relationships are freely chosen for our mutual benefit. It would honor freedom of conscience and of association, rather than crippling these freedoms as the big government approved by most at Brown University does. These freedoms are critical to man who must live by the use of his mind. An education is supposed to aid man in developing the rationality and analytical capability of that mind.
Unfortunately, any money I give to Brown is used mostly to deprive me and those I love of our individual rights. It is used to increase the level of already exorbitant tyranny in the Land of the Free. It is used to diminish the many wonderful advantages of living among others willing to engage in a free trade of ideas, goods, and services. It creates a government so complex that the vast majority of citizens cannot understand what it is doing and how to control it. They become pawns due to their limited time, money, and intellect to those few Progressive Elitists who actually do control government to some degree. But just as the slave master was enslaved by his slaves, so are the Elitists enslaved by the ignorant or insufficiently informed people they think they control.
Soon, as is the case now, control of government is really in the hands of haphazard and conflicting special interest groups (factions in the terms of the founders), who step in and take what they want at the expense of everyone else. A few of these special interests or factions:
- Crony mercantilists such as green energy companies,
- GE, GM, Chrysler, Boeing with its Export Bank subsidies,
- farmers with crop supports,
- students taking government student loans,
- faculty taking government funded research grants,
- labor unions forcing workers to pay them dues and buying politicians' votes, while systematically underfunding worker pension plans,
- radical environmentalists claiming that economic development is the enemy even as developed countries do most to clean their environments,
- global warming alarmists falsely accusing user's of fossil fuels of overheating the planet,
- people faking disabilities by the millions,
- millions on unemployment benefits for years,
- big bankers and stock investors happy to see the Federal Reserve flood the economy with devaluing printed money,
- home buyers buying homes they cannot afford with government encouragement,
- insurers happy to see people forced to buy health insurance they cannot afford for coverage they do not need as the government asserts its ownership of our very bodies,
- millions happy to use food stamps and other welfare rather than take a job,
- those who use government licensing to keep others out of their profession,
- a huge government-run education establishment dominated by pro-big government propaganda, teachers unions, and mediocrity,
- large companies that seek to cripple smaller companies with a myriad unintelligible regulations, and of course
- the many power-hungry and corrupt politicians who populate both major parties, though especially the one most favoring the accelerating growth of government.
Being a small business owner who has repeatedly converted his limited retirement funds into capital to keep his independent laboratory going through this government caused and government maintained recession of five years duration, my charity activity has to be carefully directed to those fighting the critical battle of our time, indeed of all time. I am supporting the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, the Atlas Society, the Institute for Justice, the Club for Growth, the Tea Party movement, the NFIB, and the Right to Work Committee.
Brown University is not very competitive given its concerted deception and propaganda exercised on young minds, too many of which are weak. It gives me no pleasure to say this, since it is a huge tragedy that Brown is not performing the great service it should be and could be doing.