The Pitt News, like most college newspapers, is know more for articles written by liberals and libertines than libertarians. Nevertheless, in the last few months I’ve noticed several editorials that present or at least hint at libertarian ideals. Here’s a sampling. Give me your impressions in the comments.
“As an industrial engineering major, I’ve been educated on how to identify when systems are failing. Such analytical tools have led to a few important conclusions. For example, when Democrats are elected to public office, it is obvious the American public education system has failed. And when Social Security pays out more in benefits than it takes in through taxes, it too will be a failing system. It also takes very little analysis to determine that Social Security has always been a catastrophe in any libertarian’s mind.”
“The notion of a federal amendment to define marriage seems unlike the typical conservative. The usurpation of power from the states doesn’t fit my definition of a ‘pro-states’ rights’ Republican.”
“Every time Congress authorizes federal funding for the Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt or the dictatorship of the House of Saud in Saudi Arabia, it abdicates its position as an arbiter of human rights.”
“A student organization at Slippery Rock University is currently campaigning to make its campus a little greener by initiating a proposal that would require every student to pay an extra $5 each semester to support environmentally friendly projects and awareness programs…While it’s hard to deny the importance of enacting environmentally friendly policies and initiatives on college campuses, it should not be the responsibility of the students to fund these types of programs with a specific student fee. Environmental awareness is important, but AIDS awareness, cancer research and ending world hunger is important, too. Allowing a university to tack on a mandatory fee for one charity project only opens up opportunities for adding on more that are as equally deserving. There are countless charities that could use extra money (even on our own college campuses), and students shouldn’t be called upon to finance all of them.
I find this “slippery slope” editorial particularly interesting. The same argument used against compelling students to pay for environmental projects can be used against the federal government compelling citizens to pay for all sorts of programs and grants, including This entry was posted in government, law, and politics and tagged education, homosexuality, libertarian, marriage, media, newspaper, Pennsylvania, Pitt News, Pittsburgh, politics on .