Charlie Kirk’s appearance isn’t worth your time

Charlie Kirk tends to spout rubbish about free market economics without acknowledging its negative impacts

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Charlie Kirk’s appearance isn’t worth your time

Charlie Kirk speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Charlie Kirk speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Charlie Kirk speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Charlie Kirk speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

JACKSON FERDERER, Evergreen opinion editor

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Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, is being brought in by the WSU branch of the organization. Turning Point USA is a conservative political organization that spouts mostly nonsense.

If you haven’t heard of the organization, they’re responsible for a lot of those subtly racist posts that your uncle shares. You know, the posts that are usually prefaced by “this will finally get them libtards” or “when will the millennials grow up,” seemingly unaware that his generation was responsible for raising and shaping millennials.

Right now, Turning Point USA has a post on their page saying “The root evil is that the government is engaged in activities in which it has no legitimate business,” a quote by Barry Goldwater, whose face and attribution are included in the post. The same Barry Goldwater who voted against the Civil Rights Act.

On their official website they have propaganda posters that say things like “fossil fuel saves lives,” despite the World Health Organization estimating that 7 million premature deaths were caused by air pollution in 2012.

But that isn’t what Kirk’s speech will be about. According to the WSU Turning Point USA’s Facebook page, Kirk’s speech will focus on how the free market is beneficial.

The free market is essentially the deregulation of industry, meaning businesses will face little to no interference by government. That means all of the regulations that have helped individuals out of poverty would vanish.

Leigh Gaskin, American Studies doctoral candidate, said that any mention of free market is simply rhetoric.

“There is this other economy that specifically functions for people who are poor,” Gaskin said. “Whenever these people are positioning it as a ‘free’ market, it’s really not. It’s really a closed market.”

While the illusion of the free market leads people to believe that there will be more choice, that choice only ends up benefiting the already rich and powerful. The owners of industries will have a right to choose whether they give their workers a living wage or if they abide by environmental health standards.

A truly free market would mean no more minimum wage. A free market would mean no more child labor laws. A free market would mean no overtime pay unless your boss is benevolent enough to offer it.

When everything is run like a business, profits come before the welfare of the people.

“Whenever you think about a business, what’s your ultimate goal? To make money,” Gaskin said. “You have to figure out how to spend the least amount of money in order to do something to maximize your profits.”

Kirk was also the leader behind professorwatchlist.org, a website that acts as a watchdog against advancing “leftist propaganda in the classroom,” according to their website. Aside from being a tool straight out of the McCarthy era, the website has also lead to WSU professors receiving threats of stalking, rape and murder, Gaskin said.

For a movement that continuously insults others for needing safe spaces, it’s worth mentioning that this website acts as a trigger warning for conservative students before they take certain classes.

Those trigger warnings are their right, however. Just like it’s their right to have Kirk come give a speech about how the people he disagrees with are (somehow) both fragile snowflakes and the greatest threat to humanity.

Everyone else has a right to free speech too, though. If you think Kirk’s appearance is bad for the university, protest. Protest outside the event and during it. Talk about it on social media.

Or just stay home. Leave the venue empty and watch “The Kardashians.” You’ll learn just as much.