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Why Socialism Is Evil

We normal people wonder why leftists would even WANT to have socialism, considering its always abysmal track record.  Some people are deluded by the propaganda.  Some people LOVE to be seduced by any utopian promise.  And some people just live to mindlessly follow the herd.  They just believe whatever they think is popular at the moment.

Other people, the real movers and shakers behind socialism, have a very different mindset.  They are not dupes, they are con artists!  The real perpetrators of socialism are not herd animals, they are animal herders!  They are not prey, they are predators!

Socialism is rooted in not the higher, human, intellectual side of the mind.  It is rooted in the lower, animal urges part of the mind.  What are the three basic animal urges?  The urge to reproduce, to hoard, and to dominate.  Those three urges are the main motivators of almost all animal behavior in every species – including humans!

The Bible puts it in these terms:  1 John 2:16 speaks of “the lust of flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”  In short, lust, greed, and pride are just other terms to describe the urges to reproduce, to hoard, and to dominate.

These urges are the best of which animals are capable, since they lack intellect.  Humans, however, ARE capable of intellect!  Some humans even choose to make use of it!  Some people apply intellect to the MEANS of reaching their goals, but never apply it to the goals themselves.  They think a lot about HOW to reach their goals, but allow the choice of their goals to be driven by their basic animal urges – lust, greed, and pride – reproduction, hoarding, and domination.

Justice may be defined as “each individual receiving what would normally be natural result of their own actions.”  (This definition includes the phrase “what would normally be” to account for freak accidents, like the time someone was driving down the street in clear weather, and a tree fell on the vehicle and killed her.)

In most cases, each person receiving what would normally be the natural result of their own actions requires letting people choose their own actions.  There are limits to this choice.  One should not be allowed to attack or steal from another person.  People must not be allowed to inflict injustice on others.

We hear politicians talking about people “yearning for freedom” as if everybody wants freedom.  If EVERYBODY wants freedom, who’s doing all the enslaving?  SOMEBODY is out there doing it!  Everybody wants freedom for THEMSELVES, but some are not willing to allow it for others!

Socialists wish to prevent people from choosing “wrong” actions.  They want to protect people from themselves.  They are not willing to let people choose their own actions and reap the natural rewards or consequences of them. 

What makes socialists any smarter than the people they wish to coerce?  They’re at least as likely as their victims to make wrong choices! Usually MORE so! Socialists impose their will on people of whose situations they have no knowledge!  And they don’t have to live with the consequences!  Their victims do!  In most cases, socialists are acting purely out of their mindless animal urge to dominate!

But they make great efforts to rationalize their domination.  C.S. Lewis left us a great quotation about how socialists make excuses for their coercion:  “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience”.  – C.S. Lewis

It’s the audacity of megalomania: “I will dominate them for their own good!”  That’s a large part of why many academics are leftists.  They want the government to create agencies that give people like themselves powerful jobs forcing everyone to obey their theories.  “Experts” are usually the LAST people on earth to notice when a trend is occurring.  Their studies don’t detect trends until the general population has ALREADY experienced the trend directly!

Academics rarely visit the real world.  They adjust the facts to fit their theories.  A great example is the recent scandal at East Anglia University, a leading promoter of the “global warming” hoax.  In numerous emails to one another, the “scientists” openly admit that the actual data proves their theory false.  The emails discuss how to keep the hoax going anyway.

The fact that some people are willing to coerce others makes government necessary.  One might argue that people have a right to defend themselves.  They certainly do!  But not all have the means!  Government is necessary to protect the rights of the weak as well as the strong.

People have a dimension not found in animals.  They have the ability to be creative.  People may be artists or writers or inventors or builders or producers of any number of products.  Animals can only compete for food and mating rights.  Animals’ virtue (in nature) is based entirely on their strength.  Humans have value in MANY other ways.  A “weak” specimen might have GREAT value in intellect – Stephen Hawking, for example.  A human’s deservingness of being defended goes FAR beyond the individual’s ABILITY to defend himself.

So there HAS to be SOME government.  Anarchy is not an option.  In the absence of government, SOMEBODY will claim to be the government.  The urge to dominate will make them do it.  Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum.  There WILL be some sort of government!  Whether it’s a government of law or of lawlessness, there WILL be a government!  If lawful government would vanish, street gangs would quickly become the new government!

A fact that might not be obvious is that total government (totalitarianism) is very much like NO government (anarchy).  Both situations are a free-for-all!  Both situations are a struggle for domination based entirely on strength and cunning.  Total government writes voluminous laws convoluted enough to rationalize any coercion they wish to impose at any moment, while anarchy simply skips having any law and just coerces.  Either one is a free-for-all that is a nightmare for everyone except the one who is in power.  Everyone lives in terror of him.

And it’s a nightmare for the one in power, too!  He lives in constant fear of all who want to replace him!  Every dictator lives a life of paranoia – even being afraid to go to sleep lest someone kill him so they can take his place!

The urge to dominate is the urge to claim all power for oneself.  One might think that this situation is the best guarantee of the dominator’s well-being.  But, as we have just seen, this situation actually inspires the most serious THREATS to his well-being!

A much better guarantee of one’s well-being is for EVERYONE to understand and respect EVERYONE’S rights!  There will always be some who would rather violate others’ rights as much as they think they can get away with.  But the more a culture is based on mutual respect of everyone’s rights, the fewer there will be who wish to violate them, and the violators will be easier to detect and defeat.  The better everyone understands rights, the harder it is for any thug or con artist to succeed with their schemes!

What rights do people have?  Basically, they have the right to be secure in their own person and property.  They have the right to make whatever they wish with their hands, and to keep it or to trade it for other objects through VOLUNTARY exchange.  BOTH parties have veto power over any exchange.  If either one does not wish to make the exchange, then no trade shall occur.

Property rights are human rights!  Property is an expression of one’s individuality!  Your property is what you make with your hands and what you choose to acquire by trading to others what you made with your hands.  Any system that violates this principle is criminal!  Such a system is an abuse!  Any system that violates private property is dehumanizing!  Such a system reduces humanity to a herd of animals!  Such a system treats sentient beings as if they were mindless resources to be “managed” or disposed of at the tyrant’s will!

Such systems have been promoted with great cunning.  A prime example is John Lennon’s song “Imagine.”  Sung with the sweet, seductive sound of Satan, it conjures in the minds of listeners false, deceptive images of the utter horror such “utopian” systems actually produce!

When “everybody” owns everything, nobody owns anything!  Except for the few who manage to manipulate the levers of power – they own everything!  And EVERYBODY!

The best guarantee of everyone’s well-being is for every individual to own and control (as much as possible) the means of their own sustenance.  The best guarantee of everyone’s well-being is for each person to have direct control over everything they need to maintain their own well-being!  Property and power should be distributed as widely as possible.  As much as possible, every person should have control of everything they need.  Left to themselves, people will voluntarily produce or trade for everything they need.

Socialists SAY they want to “spread the wealth,” but they actually collect all the wealth and power to themselves!  Many socialists denounce the evils of monopolies (and rightly so!) but then they propose as a “remedy” the ULTIMATE monopoly – an all-powerful central government!

When I was in school it was said that “communism is a good idea in theory but somehow just doesn’t work out in practice.”  That’s not really true!  Anything that always works out so horrifically bad in practice can NOT be based on a sound theory!  And so it is with communism!  The flaw in the theory is the claim that some self-appointed cabal of “experts” is wiser and more just than the people.  This is obviously false!

The self-appointed “experts” are certainly not more just than the average person!  In fact, it is always the most RUTHLESS people who seize power through communism.  The whole system is based entirely on the VIOLATION of basic human rights!  Bad seed can never produce good fruit!  You cannot plant poison ivy and expect to reap good lettuce for your salad!  Likewise, you cannot plant coercion and expect to ever reap anything but brutality!

Communism ALWAYS produces a bloodbath!  Communism ALWAYS produces mass murder!  Communism has murdered well over a hundred million people!  And that’s not counting any deaths in wars!  That’s just in their purges!  That’s just the people they killed going house to house killing people!  Communism ALWAYS produces mass murder because communism is INHERENTLY violent!  Communism is based ENTIRELY on the violation of human rights!

But what about “sharing?”  What about “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”?  That slogan is NOT a noble ideal!  It is a false promise!  It assumes the right of a few to coerce the many!  At first glance it might sound charitable.  It is not!  Charity is the VOLUNTARY giving of one’s production to help another.  Communism is NOT giving, it is TAKING!  Communism is the OPPOSITE of charity!  Communism is THEFT! 

Communism not only steals from the people, it rationalizes the theft by claiming that the goods already belong to the recipient!  If the person who produces the goods has no right to them as communism claims, then how can someone else who has done nothing to produce the goods have a right to them?  Communism says they do!  This is obviously false!  Communism is INTELLECTUALLY bankrupt as well as being completely evil all the way to its core!

Communism truly is a “sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose final pages are now being written” as Reagan said.  Communism is NOT progress!  It is a REGRESSION of humanity backward to their lower, animal urges!  Communism is a degeneration of humanity backward into brute beasts stealing from one another!

What about “democratic socialism”?  Wouldn’t that be better?  At least people get to vote about it!  No, democratic socialism is also a sham.  It is still a violation of basic human rights!  If a majority of people vote to violate your rights, they are violating your rights just as much as if a single thug violates them!  Besides, in “democratic socialism” the minds of the majority are largely controlled by a small cabal who controls what the media tell them.

Most societies today that are called democracies are actually controlled by a surprisingly small number of people.  There are six main institutions that control society.  Three of them – media, education, and religion – control what people think.  The other three – government, finance, and business – control what people do.  (Medicine is a part of business – a very key part of it.  Government wants to control medicine because their animal urge to dominate extends even to your internal organs!)  Once you start tracing out the connections, you find that ALL SIX institutions are largely controlled by a rather small group of people.  Those people are found mainly in finance.  Money controls everything.  How do you think those billionaires got a trillion dollar bailout at your expense?

“Democracy” is still a violation of your rights!  Only freedom, not democracy, brings anything near true justice!  Only freedom allows people to try whatever they choose and reap the rewards or consequences of their choices!  Only freedom empowers EVERY brain in society to participate in the running of the society.  Democracy does not!  If you’re in the minority, you’re disenfranchised! 

A free market is the ultimate form of democracy!  A free market allows EVERYONE to participate!  “Democracy” does not!  Capitalism is NOT the free-for-all!  Socialism is!  Capitalism RESPECTS people’s rights!  “Democracy” forces everyone to obey the shrewdest manipulators.  “But aren’t many heads smarter than one?”  Not always!  In democracy, the average usually prevails.  In freedom, the excellent few are allowed to make their creations available to everyone.

Some might ask, “What about monopolies?  Or what about when a few companies control the market?”  If a few companies control a market, it is not a free market!  For decades, a few auto companies controlled the market.  And they bribed the government to pass heavy regulations for “safety” and “the environment.”  Publicly, the companies protested the regulations.  But privately, they celebrated them, because they kept small competitors from popping up.  That’s an example of a business-government partnership that oppressed the people.  It’s almost as bad as a total government monopoly.  It was corrupt.  It was unlawful.  It was an abuse of government power.  A government that stayed within its lawful limits would not have committed such an abuse.  It would have allowed the consumers to have the improved products that new competitors would have produced.

Capitalism is a LAWFUL system.  Democracy is mob rule.  In capitalism, one gets paid only when they have satisfied the desires of another.  Democracy FORCES you to pay for what the government wants, whether you want it or not!  Capitalism RESTRAINS coercion.  Democracy PRACTICES it!

Power and wealth should be distributed as widely as possible.  Most important is the power to keep your own wealth.  Private property is an absolute right!  Government cannot grant or take away any right, it can only respect or violate it!  And nobody has the right to force someone to provide a service to them!  You have the right to what YOU produce!  Not somebody else!

One might argue that capitalism fulfills the desires of those who have money, but ignores those who don’t.  Experience shows that it is socialism that leaves FAR more needs and desires unmet!  Socialism does not enable the meeting of needs anywhere near as much as it RESTRAINS the meeting of needs!  Socialism forces everyone to rely on a single source for each need.  If that source fails, you’re out of luck.  Capitalism, however, allows an unlimited number of providers to exist!

Adam Smith (the one who wrote “Wealth Of Nations”) did not create the rules of capitalism, he discovered them.  The rules of capitalism are not LIKE laws of nature, they ARE laws of nature!  The law of supply and demand cannot be repealed any more than the law of gravity!  Society can heed it and prosper, or ignore it and suffer the consequences!  But no one can EVER abolish the law of supply and demand!

Capitalism also allows an unlimited number of employers to exist.  Smart capitalists know that people without money might be of little use as customers, but they are a great resource as workers!  And once they become employed, they soon will have some money!  And will become valued as customers!

One might argue that, in the real world, a person needs a home before he can get a job, but cannot afford a home until after the gets a job.  That is true.  But means for taking care of that need do exist.  That duty falls primarily upon the person’s family.  If the family fails (as many do) other means exist, such as churches or other charities.

Libertarians are not opposed to people getting the help they need, they are opposed only to government forcing others to pay for it!  Libertarians are great advocates, and often practitioners, of PRIVATE charity.  VOLUNTARILY helping the needy absolutely IS a good thing to do!  Socialism eliminates much of the opportunity for such noble behavior, and erases from the mind of the recipient any appreciation for any favors bestowed.  Thus, socialism is a huge DESTROYER of culture and civilization.

Studies have found that conservative people tend to donate to charities that provide real help to actual needy people, while liberals tend to donate to symphonies and ballets and such like.  That is, conservatives tend to support real charity, while liberals tend to support what are actually their hobbies.  It’s not really charity, it’s just a way to get a tax break in funding their hobbies!  Often, the donation is mainly a status symbol.  “Look at me!  Look how much I’m giving!  Look how great I am!”  That’s not charity!  That’s self-aggrandizement!

Also, the IRS reports that the sum total of donations received by all registered charities is DOUBLE the amount of the sum total of all charitable deductions claimed on tax returns.  Half of the donations going to registered charities are not even claimed as deductions on tax returns!  There really is a lot of charity going on!

Of all the things one might do with “surplus” money (“discretionary income” or “disposable wealth”) the one thing that is probably the most beneficial to society is to INVEST the money in ways that create new products and new jobs (as opposed to simply playing numbers games in the markets.)  Those who do have more money than they need to live on have much opportunity to make life much better for EVERYONE!

And it really is worthwhile doing such wise things with money.  Extravagant living can provide only limited pleasure, but wise investing and giving can keep the world from destroying you.  (This section is especially for the wealthy.)  If the wealthy spend all their money on extravagant living, the problems of society will fester and grow, and charlatans (socialists) will exploit the people’s neediness and organize them (community organizers) into a force that will destroy civilization!  They will fundamentally change society from a civilized, lawful society into a totalitarian nightmare!

You wealthy people are the front line of defense against all the evils of socialism described in this article!  You NEED to invest in new jobs and donate to sound charities – not just to make yourself feel good, but to save your own skin!  You have the most to lose!  When society falls for the propaganda of “change,” YOU are their main target!  It’s happened in one country after another: they will kill you!

If you do not help build the economy and support sound charity, the problems that would have been solved will grow.  Politicians will exploit the problems and impose government “solutions” that don’t solve the problems, but make the sufferers permanently dependent on government!  Socialists are “for poor people” the same way a drug dealer is “for the addict.”  He’s not for the addict, he’s for the addiction!  Socialists are NOT for poor people, they are for POVERTY!  They perpetuate the poverty so they can exploit it, solely to keep themselves in power!  Their goal is driven by their basic animal urge to dominate!

That is why socialists hate the Bible.  They either ban it or pervert it by misquoting or misapplying it.  The Bible commands that we all control the basic animal urges (lust, greed, and pride) that are the driving force behind the socialists’ goals.

Socialists promote lust through their almost complete control of the entertainment media.  (Socialists own Hollywood.  Libertarians need not apply.)  Socialists promote lust because they want to create millions of single mothers who depend on government for their sustenance.  And the children of those single mothers will mindlessly support the socialists because they’ve never known anything else!

Socialists promote greed (materialism, slavery to fashion) to get everyone to be slaves of debt.  They claim that you keeping what you earn is “greed,” but them taking it from you is “charity.” 

Socialism is all based on their pride – their baseless assumption that they are somehow better than all other humans and are therefore entitled to manage them “for their own good.”  It is socialism that is based entirely on humanity’s lower, animal urges.  It also plays on those urges to ensnare everyone into their schemes of enslavement.

Animals driven by those urges eventually can only end up tearing one another apart.  As weapons become more and more powerful (nuclear, biological, chemical), sooner or later, a global socialist society is bound to eventually end up under the power of an ultimate megalomaniac – one who really would kill every last person on earth!

This must NEVER be allowed to happen!  We need to be protected from it not just by one last line of defense, but by as many lines of defense as possible!  Power must NEVER be allowed to be concentrated in a global government!  Power in each country must never be allowed to be concentrated in a single person!  Power must ALWAYS be distributed AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE!  Every person on Earth has the RIGHT to be the master of their own realm!  We must ALWAYS defend that right!

Sometimes that takes courage.  Sometimes one must stand alone against injustice.  And sometimes you have an opportunity to stand with someone so courageous.  It is truly sickening when one person has the courage to stand alone, and many others, even though they know better, refuse to show the much smaller courage it takes to stand with him.

“I don’t want to make waves” is the lame excuse given by the disgusting cowards who side with evil by refusing to stand for good.  “I just want to fit in” is the very thing that enables horrific monsters like Stalin and Mao and Hitler to gain power!  People who want to avoid loss, or even worse, think they can advance themselves by supporting evil, end up arranging their own destruction!  Benjamin Franklin said it well in 1776: “If we do not all hang together, we shall surely all hang separately!”

Sometimes there is a time to lie low.  Sometimes you may have opportunity to give help secretly when giving support openly would cost you everything you have.  Just be sure that you’re giving help to the right side whenever possible, in whatever way possible.

America’s founders laid out the only moral system of government in the world.  All of the other governments were based on who was shrewd and ruthless enough to outmaneuver their competitors.  The American government was based solely on protecting people’s rights.

Today, much of the American government is based on using perverted ideas of rights as an excuse to violate actual rights.  To say that someone has a right to receive a product or service is to say that he has the right to FORCE someone else to provide it.  This sort of abuse is NOT Americanism!  It is exactly the sort of abuse the Constitution was written to prevent!  The Tenth Amendment is absolutely clear: if the Constitution does not say the government may do a given thing, then the government may NOT do it!

James Madison left us with a great quotation on the subject:  “It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties.  We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late revolution.  The freemen of America did not wait until usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and had entangled the question in precedents.  They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”  – James Madison

America’s founders did not write the Constitution as a “grand experiment” as is taught in some schools.  The founders were all well educated.  They knew history.  They knew what had always worked, and rejected what had always failed.  Plus, they’d had 150 years of experience with state constitutions.

But most of all they had the eternal principles from the Bible.  Theft is theft!  Whether an individual does it or a majority votes to do it, it is still theft!  These principles are as unchanging as the laws of nature.  They will NEVER become obsolete!  A society that ignores the laws of nature (that is, a socialist society) cannot escape the consequences any more than a person who ignores the law of gravity.  Just like that ignorant person, the socialists are marching us right off a cliff!  Socialism ALWAYS produces bad results because socialism is built on bad principle!

The USA as designed by its founders IS the pinnacle of civilization!  Freedom is better than socialism in EVERY way!  It is morally superior and it always produces the best results – the most prosperity and the least suffering.  Freedom is based on true enlightenment.  Socialism is based entirely on animal urges.  The right choice is as clear as any choice could ever be!  Up to heavens more incredible than anyone can imagine!  Or down to a pit of torture and death and even extinction!

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67 comments to Why Socialism Is Evil

  • jesse

    I have what you would call…specific technical expertise and “credentials” and an MBA not an MA. I am also not the only person who is a “teacher” in the class. I have been involved in classes that have panels of “professors” to ensure that the student receives the most comprehensive and current aspects of the professional environment. This provides a wonderful learning atmosphere for the students who are able to learn from small business owners, professional consultants, PhDs, etc.

    Perhaps this is what you mean by “non-traditional” where people aren’t trapped in a room with a tenured professor who stopped learning 20 years ago.

    Also, I didn’t mean that you had to pull yours out when I said, we can all show what we have. If I remember correctly you started the education discussion when you said, ” If you need more quality education, it’s quite affordable at Sinclair.” After which I didn’t say, “I have an MBA, I have an MBA.” I said, sarcastically. “Let me know when you want to start putting letters after our names and I will let you get a head start…as you are a bit older than am I.” Does that really seem like me instigating your pompous response? By the way, what part of, “OK, Jesse. Two bachelors, a masters, and a PhD. Not to mention considerable short courses and seminars at academic conferences.” is not flaunting your credentials? And what part of “BTW, I teach this stuff at the college level–intro. and upper-division courses–in more than one discipline.” isn’t trying to demonstrate that people shouldn’t argue with you because you are a “professor.”

    With regard to Austrian economists theories in the real world. Are you kidding me? They have worked out perfectly and are the best means of explaining the downturn. The manipulation of the interest rate forces malinvestment and an over investment in early stage products.

    Please see the following power point to clear up any confusion (Sustainable and Unsustainable Growth). http://www.auburn.edu/~garriro/ppsus.htm

    Honest enough?

  • jesse

    Should I also accept your not touching the scarecrow as acceptance that you….aaaaachoooo… sorry. Damn straw. What was I saying?

  • truddick: you are an ass, and nothing more. it shines through all the transparent paper you try to hide behind, but at the end of the day, you are a pretentious, pompous twit who is secretly hated by his or her students for being such an arrogant little bit of whingey dung.

    get a life, sir. if you had any guts, you would just be kind and not brag or boast, and comment anonymously, relying solely on the quality of your arguments – the text on the page, nothing more.

    what’s in a name?

  • truddick: i dropped out of college because i was tired of people like you telling me how to learn about things that are important. you are a professional student, from nursing school to high school to university to masters/phd to assistant professor to full professor to tenured chair – it doesn’t matter. it takes a special person to be a professional student and still be in touch with the real world.

    have you ever been homeless, lived in your car, or been locked up? have you ever had 70 dollars left and gotten a 75 dollar late registration fine from the Ohio BMV/cash only? have you ever had your bank account down to less than a dollar? i have. and i grew up in Oakwood, my friend, and went to a non-ivy league school that does not practice grade inflation, with a vengeance.

    I was paid at my college of choice to debate, i was paid to fly to the national tournament in 2004. i walked circles around students from places like U of Chicago, Notre Dame, state schools, ivy league schools, exclusive tiny liberal arts schools, you name it, i out argued them in terms of content and style. that said, the judges there were like you – more concerned with form and appearance and the practice of a rule game within a set than with truth and beauty, so i quit the team. eventually i quit the school. i ‘flunked out’ by choice. nothing i do is unintentional, and my ONLY regret is that i may have not learned from my own mistakes, or that I may have led someone less intelligent than me astray. my conscience is clear, i choose to not participate in your society, my family EXPECTED me to be at least a doctor or lawyer or both. i refuse. i refuse to be a part of a world where a man’s worth isn’t based on the security of his word and the condition of his heart. i refuse to bow down to your false idols of status and reputation and custom without cause.

    i do what i please, when i please, and i fear no man. who are you? what a big man you are, talking trash to a college dropout! apparently your time must not be valuable, yet i think my time is priceless, that’s why i don’t invoice people for my services.

    i don’t take IQ tests because my ego is out of control enough as it is, and i try to be humble here, and you just insult me, disrespect a complete stranger, and call me a coward. it is you sir who are the coward.

    or taken in others who have into your home and let them sleep on your couch or floor (their pick).

    i’m not better than you, but at least i can say i’m honest.

    if you would like to apologize to me man to man, do it now, or i’ll call you around 8 am on your phone. no need to post it in public, i already have it.

  • nuota bene: those budget figures look suspiciously like an S curve.

  • just so you know who T. Ruddick really is, since he’s not man enough to just come out and say it – here’s some information publicly available on the internet.

    Greetings.

    I’m Thomas E. “TR” Ruddick, associate professor at Edison Community College (Ohio), usually teaching in communication and humanities, also taking on courses in theatre, music, or culture. Ph.D. (communication) Bowling Green State University, 1995; MA (theatre) U. of South Carolina, 1982; BM (music history) and BA (theatre) Northern Ky. University, 1978. Not to mention a year’s instruction at United Electronics Institute.

    My overly diverse career has included mounting a senior photography exhibit on a Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky bus in 1975, playing in a wide range of rock, folk, and world-music groups (currently Snakes Rising, http://www.snakesrising.com ), writing as a restaurant critic in the Dayton Voice weekly, and publishing articles in such diverse publications as Dragon magazine and Dictionary of Literary Biography. I’ve also worked as a school bus driver, an X-ray technician, a telemarketer, a window-dresser, and a farm-supply company stock clerk.

  • oh, and I might add, I utterly CRUSHED the competition at BGSU, especially the students from BGSU that participated. Sad, really. But any asshole can get a PhD, sort of like Maxwell Schnurer, PhD, who said in a public debate at the world debate institute in burlington, vermont in August of 2003 (iirc): “industrial capitalism is just like auschwitz.” when asked to elaborate, he said, in all his lofty, intellectual sincerity: ‘well you see, there’s ovens and conveyor belts and things like that. blah blah blah’ (i paraphrased that last bit).

    you’re just another mini-Marx wannabe.

  • let’s see what Herr Doctor Thomas Ruddick’s own students say about him and his courses at Edison Community College, Piqua Ohio, the Jerusalem of the academic world as he teaches people he feels are ignorant hicks the “humanities”:

    from http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=195308

    from his Humanities 121S, we can only assume they are part of the class appropriately prefixed with “under”:

    “gave short notice on all assignments and was very unclear on all the oral reports an papers we had to give. It was an easy class if you tried, but uninteresting and quite boring. He believes himself to always be correct and seems to enjoy making students feel like they and inferior to him”

    “Opinionated and overbearing, of course. But he’s a humanities teacher. Of course he’s a liberal blowhard. More importantly, you learn a lot and actually are challenged.”

    “I enjoyed the class. But I agree that he never believes himself to be wrong. He didn’t seem to enjoy teaching, but he does give lots of interesting information. He also has very fun, and interesting class projescts.”

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    (frowny face icon next to it tho, lol!)

    “He always thought that he was right about everything, and there was no room for argument. He gives me the impression that he hates all of his students and that he doesn’t want to be there. I hated this class!”

    “Hated the class and felt he wasn’t really fond of students or teaching in general. Seemed sort of aloff.”


    I did not like this teacher at all. His lectures were very boring. He made alot of rude comments(you have to have a good temper)and doesn’t like to be wrong. I wouldn’t recommend taking this class.”

    wow. noticing any patterns there?

    how many of these kids did you alienate, tommy? how many people did you have a chance to reach out to that you insulted and turned away instead? how angry are you that you DESERVE to be teaching in a top tier school and be a tenured or an ‘endowed’ chair by now? how jealous are you? why are you hatin, homey? clearly, these poor country kids don’t DESERVE you. and i mean that in the worst way possible. they deserve to be treated with kindness and respect and competence. 1 out of 3 just isn’t enough. we’re talking about education here, tommy.

    Socrates and Jesus are ashamed by your behavior, Tommy boy. Where’s the joy Tom? Where’s the love?

    But i’m sure you’re right all the time and you never need to apologize ever. After all, WHAT DO KIDS KNOW?

    words cut sharper than any sword, because memories do not heal the way flesh wounds do, Tom. maybe it’s you who needs to grow up finally, and start being good to these POOR kids. i mean it. don’t make me read these on a bullhorn on the ECC quad. I’ll come back from Arizona just to do that. You need a public spanking, boy, so here it is.

  • Dr. Tommy, you have 45 minutes to apologize online here or I’m just going to ask you to apologize to me in my own voice.

  • ok, you get an extension on the exam. don’t worry, there’s no curve, being nice to people is always just pass/fail.

  • Robert Vigh

    He called me cute, I thought that was nice.

    Besides, Truddick has accomplishments whereas you are a dropout scrub lacking any discipline. What do you do besides anger Editor? . . . . . . . . . lol, I’m just kidding, I was trying to inspire another 8 consecutive posts.

  • robert vigh: justice.

    that’s all. i’m just a fool who was stepped on too much as a child, and no one ever explained why adults would hit me with hands and unkind words, and when i lashed out in pain, i was the one in the wrong because i had the gall to cry in public. i was wronged, and i’d like at least one of you so-called ‘grown-ups’ to just fucking apologize and really mean it. find a child you wronged who has still failed to grow up, and you will find an adult person that hit that child in anger and never said sorry and admitted they were wrong.

    AMERICA’S MOTTO IS: IF IT FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE, IGNORE IT.

    is america your favorite football team?

  • Robert Vigh

    I think you may have gone off the deep end.

  • if you don’t like it, get off the internet.

  • Robert Vigh

    There is not a like nor a dislike, just an observation.

  • i’m treading water robert, and it’s fine. jump in if you like!

  • Eric

    … meanwhile, Dr. Ruddick continues his role training the next generation of Ohio teachers …

    With all due respect to Academic Freedom, the state does have minimum standards teachers need to be prepared to meet. Will Gov. Strickland seek lower minimums so Dr. Ruddick’s students can clear the bar?

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