Hi, I am Rick Hairgrove. I am currently unemployed (just like 40 Million Americans because of COVID-19) in the Austin, Texas area after moving down to work in tech sales, but when people aren’t buying your product, it is hard to continue to pay people that work for you. This is one of the most basic ideas of capitalism: Demand needs to be there to sell your supply, and when supply is outpacing the demand, money is being lost because you are not selling your product.
I don’t like the fact that I had to be laid off, but it is something that happens in capitalism. Capitalism, though, creates more opportunities than any other system in the world. Understanding this point allows you to live with the hope that you will succeed. If you look at the numbers, capitalism is the only way to give everyone an equal opportunity to be successful. This is one of the reasons I have been an advocate for capitalism and the freedom the United States promises every single citizen for nearly my whole life but did not realize it until about 2012.
I am from the middle of the map America: Kansas City, Missouri. My background is in sports, and football is truly my first love — which is why I have such a strong opinion on the sports world chiming in on everything political, but we can save that conversation for another post. I played college golf in Southeastern Oklahoma and then made my way back up to Kansas City to continue my college golf career as a Graduate Assistant Golf Coach for the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
During this time at The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), I began my graduate courses in the field of Economics. I feel that this is where I found the need to fight against socialism in the United States. The economics graduate program at UMKC was a very strong proponent of Keynesian and Marxist economics. The program is home to Randall Wray and Stephanie Kelton. They are said to be two of the biggest proponents of Modern Money Theory (MMT), which basically determines that it is okay for the government to just constantly spend money because money is just a keystroke on the National Debt. I strongly disagree with this component of economics because it does not make sense. This makes people believe that the government can bail you out of any issue; it can be the savior for private citizens. I personally believe that the individual is the most powerful being in the capitalist system.
My belief in the individual is paramount to my life. I am an individual; I don’t want to depend on others to be the best person I can be. I don’t want to blame others for my failures. I want to wake up every morning and understand that the collective doesn’t control my life. Because that’s what socialism is: the collective and the rich control every narrative, and freedom is destroyed. My goal is to try to talk with and convince those that don’t agree with my position. I want to create a dialogue, and that is my reason for writing for Young Americans Against Socialism. I am extremely thankful to YAAS for this opportunity and hope that I can be a strong voice fighting against leftist and socialist ideals.