Today’s Students

The UK, my country, has just come within a hair of electing a 1970s Trotskyite relic as Prime Minister – and it was a surge in turnout among young people that made that almost happen. Theresa May’s lackluster Conservative Party campaign was totally uninspiring, while Jeremy Corbyn promised to shovel money into the pockets of everyone who wants the government to subsidise their lifestyle. Specifically, he promised to abolish university tuition fees for students; students repaid him by turning out en masse to vote for him.

(Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn)

I can’t stand Jeremy Corbyn. He’s a leftover from the bad old days of the hard left, who’s never had a real job in his life. He claims to be anti-establishment despite walking straight into a trade union job when he left school then sitting in parliament for the last 34 years. His answer to every problem is to either throw money at it or stand on a stage beside terrorists and enthusiastically embrace their cause. As a former British soldier, it’s his long-running support for the IRA that sickens me most (along with his recent claims to have kick-started the peace process, which in fact he was excluded from) but his fawning admiration of Hamas is pretty disgusting too.

Then again, I can’t stand students either. Part of that’s down to their support for Corbyn and part to the ongoing “shitstorm” at Evergreen College in Washington, where an ultra-liberal professor has just been hounded off campus because ultra-ultra-liberal students think he’s a racist.

Ironically, I was a student myself once. I was in the UOTC and mostly focused on cheap beer, weekend infantry exercises and occasionally passing some exams, but some of my fellow undergraduates did get involved in politics. It was all fairly conventional student protest stuff though; Stop the War in Wherever, complaining about Maggie Thatcher, the usual low-grade post-adolescent rebellion.

Today’s students seem much, much worse. They don’t just fancy going on a few protest marches before they must get out into the big bad world and look for a job; they seem to want to change the world to suit them. Their demands start with more free money for students, then go on through safe spaces, tolerance for 97 made-up genders and lifelong support for them as they struggle to make a living on YouTube or some half-arsed “social enterprise.”

At no point does it occur to them that A) all this free stuff should be paid for by someone or that B) they are not special snowflakes who have a right to be supported for life by us boring, normal people who have real jobs. This doesn’t occur to them because their parents, their teachers and their professors all failed to give them the mental tools they need to comprehend it. Bring someone up to believe they can have everything without effort and, however wrong they are, eventually they’ll start to believe it.

In my darker moments, I wonder if President Trump might not like to drop another MOAB on Evergreen College, just to burn out that particular tumor. Sadly, though, I don’t think there are enough MOABs to deal with every college that’s reached this level of insanity. Maybe it’s time to bring back National Service and the draft. I don’t believe for a moment that either the British or US Armies need a bunch of undermotivated young people, but this isn’t about producing soldiers; it’s about producing 20-year-olds who aren’t just massive babies.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Fergus Mason

Fergus Mason

Fergus Mason grew up in the west of Scotland. After attending university he spent 14 years in the British Army and served in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq. Afterwards, he went to Afghanistan as a contractor, where he worked in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Camp Leatherneck. He now writes on a variety of topics including current affairs and military matters.
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