Despite where your politics may lie, on the left or the right, the same goal is generally in both forms. Both sides want to provide the highest standards of living and the opportunity for the happiest life achievable within the system. The difference is how the different sides of the spectrum approach this task.
In modern society one of the many debated issues is the role of education in the political system and whether it is a fundamental right or a achievement to be worked towards. It’s a no brainer that in capitalist society a college education is used to as a competitive edge in the job market for the field they chose to study; even though education can provide a fulfilling and happy life, today it is primarily used to get a decent job. One struggle with this reality is the issue of the lower class students being unable to attend college with as much ease as higher class students. If there’s two students with the same grade average and qualifications, but one’s dad is a plumber and the other is a successful business owner, undoubtedly the son of the business owner will be chosen.
Considering this issue, the capitalist mode of handling education truly makes no sense. Capitalism depends on the brightest and the most qualified to rise to the top and to produce what others cannot. If it’s only the rich getting into college and meeting the qualifications of employers then social and technological progress will be seriously crippled, even more than it already is. For the system to be the most honestly competitive and innovative then all members of society must be given an equal chance to compete. If wealth can only be acquired by those who already have an excess of it then we live in a modern oligarchy. An equal opportunity at an education would make it so the most gifted and talented members of society, despite their economic background, would rise to the top and continue to create.
With this proposal no longer would the son of the business owner trample the son of the plumber. The person that is most naturally talented and puts in the most effort towards their education would be rewarded for it, no matter what background they come from. Whether or not you agree with the fundamentals of capitalism, improving the system is a goal for both wings. Like it or not, with capitalism being the current system it is not vain to try and improve things.
This is not to say that college would be mandatory for everyone, no, far from actually. College does not suite everybody and some people don’t realize this until they are already enrolled. Many people are perfectly happy with joining the work force and living out an honest life. There is a sense of nobility in this.
The chance at education is something both left and the right should agree on. For right wingers it means a chance at fulfilling the true meaning of capitalism and for left wingers it means delivering a fundamental right to the people. The few middle and working class students that manage to enroll in a university are so buried in debt by the end it doesn’t matter what job they get with their degree. Despite what side of the politcal spectrum you may lie, providing an education can do no harm.