A clueless generation

(The following was written by an asute Millennial, Alyssa Alhgren, and published on Alpha News, a website out of Minnesota or, as some know it, Little Somalia, due to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s being elected there, a disgrace.

(But this column has nothing to do with Omar. It has to do with the ignorant, spoiled-rotten generation known as Millennials.)

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I’m sitting in a small coffee shop trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism.

I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it.

Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times.

Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.

Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”

Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth.

Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she wholeheartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college. Let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.

Let me lay down some universal truths really quick. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history.

Not only that, but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags-to-riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world’s GDP.

The list goes on.

However, these universal truths don’t matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low income inequality).

We are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it’s brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history).

We are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering).

Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why?

The answer is this, my generation has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the Great Depression, or live through two world wars, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism.

We don’t know what it’s like not to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack-of-prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague.

With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity?

Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.

My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us.

The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it?

32 thoughts on “A clueless generation

  1. When black Americans get paid their reparations, who will pay for that? When school loans are forgiven, who will pay for that? When everyone gets their free college education, who will pay for that? When everyone gets a guaranteed income, who will pay for that? Who will pay for the social welfare and food stamps for all the so-called refugees? While half the population pays no income tax, where will the money come from? Who?

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  2. Felipe: Very true for the most part. With virtually zero unemployment the only reason to not have a job is that you don’t want one, or you are unemployable (i.e. high or drunk most of the time). In my working days I worked at labour jobs that left me filthy and stinking at the end of the day, and traipsed across the country chasing work. That led me to improve my circumstances.

    When I was teaching teenagers how to drive, in conversation, part-time and summer jobs often came up. I used to ask what the purpose of a summer job was. Most would answer to buy a car or other thing. The smart ones always said “to find out what I don’t want to do for the rest of my life.”

    I now live in a town with work in the fishing and fish-processing, as well as strawberry-growing businesses. We have Mexican migrant workers (legal) here 10 months of the year working to grow strawberry plants that are shipped to Florida. We have Filipino, Vietnamese, and Thai people here on work permits that lead to landed immigrant to citizenship status. They are working at jobs that pay above minimum wage. This province has an unemployment rate of over 10%, yet we need to import workers because locals won’t work.

    If you’re not willing to develop a work ethic, and think that you’re owed a privileged life, you had better be be born into a wealthy family with stupid parents.

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      1. Felipe: I vote issues, not party. And though I believe in sharing the wealth, I also don’t believe in a free ride.

        An old friend once told me he thought third-generation welfare recipients should be sterilized. I agree.

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  3. The thoughts they have extend no farther than the end of their nose. The fantasy they talk about are ones with no basis in fact. Yet they believe they have come to earth to save it. And to have to torch handed to them.

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      1. I just ended a rip-snorting social media argument with a non-profit conservation agency called National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. The volunteers (employees?) have gone to some extreme to defend their argument against the wall. The wall is going through the land which they seem to think is the only place anywhere close to be a sanctuary to butterflies. It’s those people’s ilk that is scary because they live in the bubble of their own ignorance. Their location is on the Rio Bravo in Mission so they know there is no invasion. But the wall is being built right in their backyard, literally, as they pathetically plead for people to object. They’ve deleted the discussion, of course.

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  4. Very well written and spot on. We have construction projects all over our city, and the construction workers are mostly from Mexico. Apparently, our millennials (ding-dings I like to call them. When my wife and I spot one doing something typically millennial a little bell goes off!) don’t like to work so much or get their hands dirty. They won’t get off the couch for $20/hr. I’m not saying all of them but a good chunk. It’s sad that they’ve embraced victimhood culture. Always looking for an excuse to say, “poor me.” As you say, we’re living through an era where lots of stuff is way cheaper than 30 years ago and the selection of products is almost infinite. Unfortunately many businesses can’t find employees which is why we’re innundated with TFWs (temporary foreign workers).

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      1. Speaking of sharp and informed, I wondered if you’d seen this smart 8-year-old girl doing her AOC imitation. It’s short and cute! Here’s the link. I hope it doesn’t end up in your spam folder.

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  5. I read this piece twice — the first when a friend emailed it to me in the morning, and now on your page. That young woman has wisdom. I was going to say it is too bad she is not running for office. But she probably has much better things to do with her life, and I wish her well in that.

    Prosperity is one of those tricky topics. It reminds me of when I moved to my area of Mexico. Initially, I thought my Mexican neighbors were poor. Then I stopped comparing and looked at the facts. They all had a roof over their heads. Most had enough disposable income to buy televisions, cell phones, washing machines, motorcycles, and even cars. By worldwide standards, they were middle class.

    I still encounter that same attitude when northerners talk about Mexico being a poor, Third-World country. It isn’t. There are areas of poverty in Mexico, but Mexico is economically a First-World nation, 15th largest economy in the world, a member of the OECD. And, yet, visitors feel they have to solve Mexico’s perceived economic problems, and, in the process, often do great damage to local economies.

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    1. Señor Cotton: I was highly impressed by this young woman. She still has time to run for office. Maybe she’ll be presidenet one day. That would be great.

      Yes, Mexico is, to a large degree, middle class. It’s a Land of Opportunity, and was improving daily. Let’s see if that continues with our new doofus president who is doing more damage than many people, especially Gringos, realize. And he’s just getting started.

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      1. I recently saw a chart showing percentage of people that were “middle class.” Mexico and the US were about equal, but both lagged behind several other countries of the developed world. That MX and US were equal surprised me a bit. (This with the usual caveat that one doesn’t know where this info came from or how it was determined.)

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  6. I once heard a guy say “kids are experts at what they want, not at what they need.” That happened in a different context than the one described here. However, it applies. There has always been people who will refuse to work, resist improving their own lives, or even work hard at not having to work.

    The young have often been quick to make choices not in their own best interest, often out of ignorance. A good dose of study of history would cure some of that. One does not need to look very deep to see the dangers and pitfalls of societies without capitalism.

    All that in mind, it appears this young writer is correct. We have a large percentage of the population, especially the young, who have never had to do without. And, many who have had to do without have grown up being taught that their circumstance is because someone held them back. It’s someone else’s fault.

    It’s probably good to be so old that I will not be around to see how our society holds up in another decade or two. I am willing to be wrong.

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  7. Could not have been said any better. “A generation who has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast.” Absolutely, positively the best-written observation.

    Truth.

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    1. Leisa: Actually, I’ve saying the same thing for years but in a different way. Anyone under about age 38 has no memory of any national challenges, any existential threats. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. And most people are ignorant of any history whatsoever.

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  8. Our government is over 22 trillion in debt, and the foreign powers that used to buy our debt know that it will never be paid off. It is never paid off, but just rolled over. But now that seems to be coming to an end. The Ponzi scheme is collapsing.
    We have dined sumptuously at the Chinese Restaurant. The waiter is approaching with the bill, and we can’t cover it. And yet, the little spoiled brats are crying for dessert.

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  9. I’m not THAT old (67) but I’ve been hearing this “kids today don’t know how good they have it” for my whole life. I have no expectation that the sentiment won’t continue long after I’m gone.

    On the subject of the article (the wonders of capitalism), the author has points but its also easy to lose sight of some of the downsides. There’s a lot of scarcity in the midst of all that prosperity, and that’s certainly going to be painful. One writer, in an article demonstrating the limitations of both capitalism and socialism, said this: “Capitalism, as a philosophy, assigns value to products and labor only on the basis of the price they receive in the market. Anything valuable, like parenthood, loyalty, or even honesty, that fails to attract a premium in free market transactions is devalued, developing into a liability and eventually disappearing…In time, unregulated capitalism produces a broad selection of toothpaste at attractive prices for a population of people with no teeth. It produces a fabulous store of books for people who can’t read, because they have no schools. And eventually, the inevitable concentration of wealth shrinks the pool of consumers with money to spend until even the wealthy see their assets diminish.” (Chris Ladd, Politicalorphans.com)

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      1. Sr. Z, you’re assuming the choice is one or the other, but in practice it’s always a mix. For myself, the only economic or political ism I’ll accept is pragmatism. Real life is just too complicated for any of the ideological isms, right or left, to succeed. People like Rush Limbaugh and the author of the article keep saying “Look, folks, it’s really simple”, and that’s why they should not be taken very seriously. (In fact, this might be the underlying intellectual flaw of conservatism.) It’s never simple when people are involved.

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        1. Creigh: You are quite right. Life is messy and so are the people who live it. But I prefer leaning sharply toward freedom and not toward government intervention in our lives, which it does poorly for the most part and, as time wears on, it’s done even more poorly. Then it becomes a colossal mess. And that is not pragmatic.

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  10. Mr. Felipe: I think the root cause of much discontent among the young and the howling, angry whites who voted for Trump (know anyone?) is the growing income inequality, which in the socialist days of Dwight D. and even Nixon was alleviated by a graduated tax structure, labor unions and so on. Those backstops have been eliminated under the new economic policy, which assumes — without any historical evidence — that shoveling more dough toward the rich will stimulate something or other in the economy that eventually will benefit the schmoes down on the assembly line. Guess what? Those schmoes are your age and mine and working at Walmart as “greeters” for minimum wage, no pension funds that were looted during “corporate restructurings” — except for the socialist Social Security scheme — and no health insurance besides the Communist-inspired Medicare. Looking at this picture, it’s no wonder that coming generations are a little apprehensive and don’t see how they can hope for a better standard of living than their parents. As far as Socialism equals enslavement, look toward Europe where most people live quite well.

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    1. Señor Lanier: You’re channeling Bernie! And an excellent job it is. As for the “howling, angry whites,” which I know all leftists say are the only people who love the Blond Bomber, here are a couple of those Trump-loving angry whites for your edification!

      And there are plenty of other “people of color” who support Trump. Have you heard of the #walkaway movement?

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        1. Señor Lanier: I am not surprised you’ve never heard of the mushrooming #WalkAway Movement of people abandoning the Democrat Party. I imagine the NYT and your other usual “news sources” avoid mention of it. It was begun only about a year ago by a gay (yes, one of your people!) New York hair stylist named Brandon Straka. It rapidly exploded big-time, and new YouTube videos of former Democrat voters proclaiming their change of heart appear daily.

          Here’s a news story to help bring you up to speed, as they say:

          https://tinyurl.com/yyfafgrt

          Here is Straka’s original video:

          Many, maybe even most, #WalkAway declarations are from blacks who’ve come to their senses and abandoned victimhood. There is no #WalkAway movement of people leaving the Republican Party. It’s strictly a Democrat phenomenon.

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