Doesnt Tulane University pay poor Melissa for grading those papers? And dont the students and their awful parents pay Tulane?
Claiming to double down, the professor actually admitted, Of course, parents can and should raise their children with their own values.
The following weekend on her MSNBC show, Harris-Perry was back boasting that she stood by her promo spot, adding that it had touched on the core philosophical issue of our entire history, that is the balance between individuals rights and collective responsibilities.
This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, she explained, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good."
And just so we remember its all for the children, Melissa posited, Because our kids, who will inherit the nation, belong to all of us and we have a collective responsibility to them.
For the children or not — and I do like children, especially my own, but other peoples too — neither Harris-Perrys collective will nor any government has a right to impinge on our constitutionally-protected freedoms.
Melissa Harris-Perry, however, doesnt seem terribly sensitive to rights violations. She laughed off the scandal over the Internal Revenue Service targeting Obama-unapproved applicants for tax-exempt status, telling her national audience (both viewers) that no one was fundamentally harmed.
According to this progressive academic, being blocked from organizing, having your rights trampled on for years — across two election cycles — is no big deal, when its done to ones political opponents. What sort of balance between government and individual rights can we expect from Melissa and her collective?
Now, Harris-Perry is back with another 30-second promo. Her point? That everyone has the right to lots of stuff provided by others, including to health care and to education and to decent housing and to quality food at all times.
Still, she informs us that Americans will always want some level of inequality, because its a representation of a meritocracy, adding reassuringly, People who work hard and sacrifice and save their money and make major contributions: we think that they should earn a little more. And they should have more resources. And thats fine.
No problem. You want to invent amazing new technology, develop life-saving drugs, create inspiring art, produce incredible products and deliver friendly services, manufacture great wealth and abundance? Fine. Knock yourself out.
For your work and sacrifice and frugality and contributions, Melissa Harris-Perry and her great and powerful and progressive we are willing to permit little-old-you to achieve and possesses, well, a little more.
Emphasis on little. [further reading]