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Grinding for Money

A place where capitalism runs rampant, allowing consumers to acquire anything they wish, as long as they are willing to pay the price. For example, I could casually stroll to Dutch and order my weight in doughnuts. This brings me to my main point: Any society where one can purchase 165 pounds of doughnuts should allow people to grind if they are willing to pay for it. Before I continue, I should clarify. I am not promoting grinding. In fact, I don’t even like grinding. What I am promoting is freedom of choice; the ability to decide for oneself whether grinding or not is a good investment. Wouldn’t it make sense to simply sell grinding bracelets in the weeks leading up to school dances? Or even better, wouldn’t it make sense to form an intramural grinding club, called iGrind, where for a flat fee, students can “get their grind on?” It’s a win-win scenario. Strike that, it’s a rare and exotic quadruple win. Students will be able to grind at will and the school gets to keep all the money from the sales. The parents win, as they don’t have to waste their free Saturday nights babysitting crazy teenage kids. Capitalists all across the world rejoice as consumer choice and free market economy once again thwart the evils of communism and injustice. Now I know there is going to be controversy. Questions such as, “What if grinding makes me sick?” and “What if grinding promotes the ideals of making it rain cash money?” immediately come to mind. However, iGrind circumvents these concerns. Sure, for some people grinding isn’t their forte. But that doesn’t mean a select posse of students can’t gather after school every week and grind in an isolated location, such as the wrestling room or the media center or basement closets. As for being sickened by grinding, no one is forcing you to join iGrind; it is a choice. Smoking makes people sick, but people are still allowed to smoke in select areas. iGrind would operate on the same principle, and it wouldn’t actually be detrimental to your health. The ideals of making it rain cash money are also subject to criticism as anyone who has acquired a considerable amount of bills can theoretically make it rain money. There is no grinding prerequisite in order to make it “rain.” Grinding may not be for everyone. Grinding may not even be for anyone, but our nation was founded on principles of a free market economy where all and any legal products are welcome. Grinding and iGrind should not be exempt from this concept simply because a majority disapproves of it. At the end of the day, whether you approve of grinding or not, the real principle at stake here is the principle of choice.

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