New Rule: No arguing about communism, socialism, capitalism, taxation, subsidies, nationalized healthcare, foreign aid, deficits, etc. without at least a modicum of economic education.
No, Che doesn’t count as a source of solid economic background.
Sorry, Chomsky doesn’t either.
Nor are you qualified by the fact that you care about the children.
Or by the fact that your girlfriend’s sister’s cousin got screwed by The Man.
Seriously, read up on this shit. It’s surprisingly easy. Economists can actually be pretty interesting writers, especially when they are writing for a lay audience. Which a surprising number of them have done.
Look, I’m no expert either. But at least I’m making an effort. I know how little I know, and I’m working on filling in the gaps. It doesn’t take going back to school; just a little application and a library card.
That is all.