I'm sitting at a Panera near my home taking advantage of their free wi-fi and getting out of the home office for a bit. I hear a conversation between two men in a booth near me. Let's call the first guy "Eugene" in honor of Eugene Debs. The second guy was pretty much silent.
Eugene: "So I don't think it would be a bad thing if the economy shrunk. In fact, it would be good for the environment. I could just work in the warehouse for a while or something."
Second Guy: "Mmm" (presumably eating, or dumbfounded).
Eugene: "Yeah, it just feels like the country is moving in a socialist direction."
This got me thinking: the business my wife and I founded has a mission to educate other small business owners in our area of expertise. Basically, we want to help them make better decisions. If "Eugene" is as ignorant as he seems, does it make sense to take a similar approach with the left? The subject, of course, would be the workings of the free market.
It's an easy idea to scoff at, but I'd submit that this is one of the things that Marco Rubio did to win his Senate seat. I watched the full hourlong session he had with the Miami Herald editorial board. In it, he kept talking about how the economy creates jobs -- and he did it in a way that didn't belittle his audience, using tangible examples to drive home the broader point. He was simply trying to help them make better decisions.
We take it for granted that people understand some of the basic assumptions we make. Clearly, that is a mistake. What do you think? Is the education of the liberal left on your agenda?