• UC Berkeley Offering a Course on the Marxist ‘Right to Be Lazy’

    Surge Summary: A bizarrely titled history course at the U of C/Berkeley candidly uncovers the way Marxists genuinely view the world and their lives.

    It’s always a plus when those with really, really bad ideas come clean and put away any pretense about their mischief.

    Well, that just happened in a familiar American university.

    The Blaze’s Dave Urbanski informs us:

    This semester, the University of California, Berkeley, is offering a course with a piquant title. (By the way, any sentence which contains the words “University”, “California” and “Berkeley” probably isn’t going to end well. So, prepare yourself.)

    The one-credit history class will be called: “The Right to be Lazy: Shifts in Marxist Thought.”

    It is part of the school’s DeCal program, described as “legitimate university classes run by students”. They are pass-fail and graded by faculty overseers.

    So, what is this ‘The Right to Be Lazy’ course of study about?

    “Growing out of the workers’ movement at the turn of the 20th century (but always including an anti-work strain) Marxism became a framework of analysis and language of struggle for multiple rebellious groups,” the course description reads. “Marx’s ideas were taken up by revolutionaries around the globe from the anticolonial militants in Africa and Latin America to those blockading the streets of Paris in 1968 and Italy in the 1970s … By studying these struggles and the creative responses to conditions they faced, we will try to better understand what it means to be anticapitalist, what are the basic categories of capital, and questions of the revolutionary subject.”

    Others’ evaluation of this weirdly named course?

    Ryan Daniel Moran, Capitalism.com founder and CEO, told Campus Reform,

    “Each of us has the right to be lazy, but none of us has the right to the rewards of someone else’s hard work. Anticapitalist ideas are rooted in entitlement, which is one of the dangers of today’s society.”

    Entitlement and anticapitalism linked? But of course! Because someone has to pay the bills, buy the food, produce the items which make our twenty-first-century lives what they are. While these slothful fantasists are chasing their Marxist delusions, who is going to make sure they have money for life necessities?

    Moran continues,

    “I hope the students at Berkeley are taught the ineffectiveness of Marx’s ideas; if you want to create change, it starts with you.”

    Berkeley College Republicans also had something to say about this (does that club meet in a broom closet somewhere on campus?):

    “We do not oppose teaching divergent subjects in DeCal classes at UC Berkeley. However, nobody can dispute the fact that if a DeCal class with a right-leaning curriculum was ever proposed, it would be promptly rejected. Colleges should be dedicated to promoting intellectual diversity, and an important part of that is giving adequate space to conservative views, even if they are unpopular with the larger campus community.”

    The DeCal courses must be approved by the school’s academic Senate. Campus Reform says they did not return a request for comment on “The Right to Be Lazy” class.

    Sorry, I can’t resist: Were the academic Senate members unavailable because they were at home sleeping?

    H/T: The Blaze’s Dave Urbanski

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