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.


  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?

  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.

  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.

  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.

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