Thursday, July 08, 2010

Hammond's Fact of Life #1

This country provides equal opportunity for success and rewards those who have talent and/or a strong work ethic. Those who disagree and are not successful have no talent or a strong work ethic and, therefore, deserve their lack of success.

5 comments:

  1. That's such a facile and incorrect observation. Do you really believe that a child born in poverty has the "equal opportunity" to succeed as a child born into wealth?

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  2. Hi, Pogie. Nice to hear from you again.

    I absolutely do. I know people who have. It's certainly more difficult but it can and has been done all the time. I also know people who were born into wealth who squandered it all and amounted to bums.

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  3. And then there are the loser school teachers like Pogie, who teach the ABC’s of being a loser:

    A. It’s not your fault you’re a loser, kid.
    B. It’s not your fault you’re a loser, kid.
    C. It’s not your fault you’re a loser, kid.

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  4. So, Andy, if for some people "it's certainly more difficult," doesn't that imply something different than equality of opportunity?

    I'm not arguing that individual effort doesn't matter, but I think it's just simplistic and wrong to suggest that everyone has an equal chance. Read some Jonathan Kozol. He brilliantly skewers that argument.

    Nazz, I think we'd all be a lot better served if there were fewer teachers and more anonymous blog commenters whose only contribution to public discourse is a series of cheap shots.

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  5. Actually, we'd all be better off if there were less smug pinheads telling us how we can all be better off.

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