Disagreeing With Dad; Or, Why I Should Know Better Than To Read Margaret Wente On A Full Stomach

One day this past fall, I picked up The Globe and Mail. This was probably a mistake, all things considered, but I do try to keep myself somewhat well-informed. Apparently I was in a mood already, because that’s usually the only thing that will possess me to read a Margaret Wente column. Yep, Margaret Wente. The pro-capitalist, anti-feminist, victim-blaming, you should have thought of that before you became peasants, old white man with boobs who writes for The Globe.

In all fairness, the “you should have thought of that before you became peasants” line isn’t hers, or even mine. It’s a line from The Emperor’s New Groove, but it does fit remarkably well, in fact, it’s pretty much the tl;dr (that’s “too long; didn’t read” in chat speak for anyone who’s interested) for the article.
In case you’re interested in reading the article, it’s here.

Apparently, it’s the money-eating unions and public-sector workers, the higher education institutions, and those damn old people who are taking all the money out of the system. Even more than these people, it’s the poor, the indebted, the recent graduates who can’t find jobs in their fields.

Of course, we should have given up our interests and passions for various fields in the humanities, just like Ms. Wente did, to become a mechanical engineer, just like Ms. Wente did…

wait.

I wonder what Ms. Wente’s retirement package looks like. After all she has a Master’s degree, presumably in the humanities, given that she writes for a living.

The undercurrent of the whole article is actually something my dad says fairly often (especially when I’m stressing about not being able to find a job, let alone one in my field) “No one owes you a living, no one owes you a job.”

This is the bit that I disagree with. Regardless of what kind of system you favour: capitalism, socialism, communism, or any other -ism you can think of, it’s supposed to work. The fact that there are a certain number of people in the economy who want to and are able to work means that’s how many jobs there should be. And if there aren’t, then it’s the system’s job to accommodate those who don’t have a job because of its failings.

Nobody owes me an allowance, but if I’m willing to work, then there should damn well be a job for me to do, and it should pay enough to support me above the poverty line.

Of course, all of this assumes that the system works, and right now, it doesn’t.

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