Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder is passionate about fixing America’s schools and helping parents who believe in liberty keep their children from falling for the liberal indoctrination used in so many K-12 schools and higher institutions of learning.
In an interview on Sunday morning with Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” Elder was asked what parents can do when their children return home from college as mini Bernie Sanders clones, and Elder said one of the best tools he’s found is a short section of a lecture given in 2012 by leftwing activist and rock star Bono at Georgetown University. The relevant section begins at the 37:25 mark.
In the video, Bono, a high-profile supporter of numerous leftist causes, discusses at length the state of the African economy and comes to the conclusion that only entrepreneurial capitalism can fix the ailing region.
“So, some of Africa is rising and some of Africa is stuck,” Bono said. “It’s a question of if the rising bit will pull the rest of Africa up or whether the other Africa will weigh the continent down. Which will it be? The stakes here aren’t just about them. Imagine, for a second, this last global recession, but without the economic growth of China and India, without the hundreds of millions of newly minted middle-class folks who now buy American and European goods.”
“Imagine that. Think about the last five years. Rock star preaches capitalism,” Bono said with a laugh. “Wow. Sometimes I hear myself and I just can’t believe it. But commerce is real. That’s what you’re about here. It’s real. Aid is just a stopgap. Commerce, entrepreneur capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. Of course, we know that.”
Elder said Bono’s message can have a profound impact on college-aged young adults.
“I think if your kids realize that a rock star, a leftwing rock star, spending all these years to raise money for the poor finally realized that the best method, the best way of alleviating poverty is—wait for it—capitalism!” Elder said. “Not Bernie Sanders collectivism or socialism. Capitalism. Entrepreneurial capitalism. Kids need to understand that when you look at the history of the world, the states that have engaged in free markets, limited government, private property, those are the ones that prosper.”
Elder also explained that the best offense against socialism is a good defense; parents need to prepare their children for the onslaught of liberal ideology at an early age.
“Well, in my first book, I have a whole chapter about academic bias, and you start by arming your children with the information,” Elder said. “I think most people don’t know that liberals outnumber conservatives on college campuses by about a factor of 12 to one—if you can find a conservative in the department. It’s often the case that in a women’s studies department, for example, you won’t find a single conservative.”
Elder said parents can help the problem by directing their children to colleges that aren’t as likely to preach liberalism as the only valid option.
“Well, you can also choose the college,” Elder said. “Most colleges—big, small, east, west, north, south, public or private—are leftwing. But there are some small liberal arts colleges, often religiously based, one of which is called Hillsdale in Michigan, that don’t even accept any kind of federal money because they don’t want to have the federal government interfere with their teaching process.”