EqualityFREEDOM QUOTE: “As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible but more mysterious.” Albert Schweitzer

As a kid growing up in tin-roofed shacks and cotton fields in rural Oklahoma, I considered my prospects of ever attending university a far-fetched dream. No one in my family had ever even graduated high school. My dad could neither read nor write.

My road to college turned out to be long and convoluted—four years in the U. S. Navy immediately after graduating high school; four years as a Miami, Florida, police officer, including an intermission to train as a U. S. Army paratrooper and Special Forces (Green Beret) soldier; marriage and the birth of two sons.

I finally made it to Florida State University on the GI Bill, a scholarship, and a work-study program. I was 28-years-old. This was in 1968 while the nation was exploding with protests and riots in what I refer to as the first serious bowel movements of socialism/Marxism in America.

Students on campus were marching and protesting with signs and shouting about “equality” and “fairness.” Much along the lines of Black Lives Matter and Antifa in the era of President Donald Trump. Professors on campus went along with the movement down the daisy-strewn path to “progressivism.”

Only one of my professors—History Professor Lensen—might be considered reasonably arational. He and I became friends; I was the only student in class who dared speak out against the insanity beginning to infect the nation.

One morning Professor Lensen gave his history class a test. A general uproar resulted the next morning when he returned the graded papers. Each received the same grade—D.

“This isn’t fair!” the class shrieked.

“I should have received an A!”

Professor Lensen calmly restored order. “How many of you attended the rally protests this week? Let’s see a show of hands.”

Hands slowly appeared above puzzled expressions.

“If I’m correct,” the Professor continued, “the rally was in support of socialism, fairness, and equality for all.”

The class grumbled uneasily. The Professor smiled and explained. “Your test grades—D for everyone—will appear on your records. ’D’ is what socialism is all about. No matter how hard you work, what your talents and ambitions are, everyone except the dictator elites receive the same result in the name of equality. In socialism there is no incentive for the individual to do better. Eventually, we end up eating our dogs and canaries in order to survive. That is your lesson for today—that “Marxist socialism” has failed throughout history and will continue to fail. So. run along now with your D’s. The protests against inequality are about to resume.”

Charles W. Sasser is author of more than 60 books and thousands of magazine articles. His latest book, Crushing the Collective, is available on-line and at bookstores. His book, Pattons’s Panthers, has been commissioned by Hollywood as a major movie.