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Your Parents Swindled You

by David Doody

Tags: Michael O'Hare, University of California Berkeley, taxes, Politics, The Reality-Based Community, Obsidian Wings, David Doody,

Berkeley Michael O'Hare Post

In a letter to his incoming students, Michael O'Hare, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, apologizes for the fact that his (their parent’s) generation did not hold up their end of a deal made long ago by Californians: invest in California, rather than only in yourself.

Beginning about 30 years ago Californians decided to walk away from this deal, O'Hare writes, because although they had done well and prospered on the whole from the agreement, they realized they could do even better individually if they focused their spending on themselves.

While we often hear that states simply can’t afford things like art and music in schools or more police on the force, O’Hare argues otherwise:

O’Hare’s letter is not only an apology, though.  It’s a call to action.  O’Hare pleads with his students to do better than his generation and actually work toward making a better world for the generations to come.  A novel thought.

(Thanks, Obsidian Wings.)

Source: The Reality-Based Community

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