This headline is very misleading. For young people it's not about socialism vs capitalism in a hard delineation. Rather a blending of the two systems. And this has nothing to do with age either, except in the fact that younger people don't have any memories of the cold war, Berlin wall, USSR, patriotic
This headline is very misleading. For young people it's not about socialism vs capitalism in a hard delineation. Rather a blending of the two systems. And this has nothing to do with age either, except in the fact that younger people don't have any memories of the cold war, Berlin wall, USSR, patriotic indoctrination, etc. Those who prefer a purely socialistic society are very few and far between, and of all ages. In truth, we Americans already incorporate and appreciate a wide variety of socialist programs, and they're much older than anyone alive today. The fire department, a police force, emergency services, airport security, military anything, postal service, roads, electrical grids, and the list goes on. All of which is required for a capitalist society to thrive. Indeed a purely capitalist society is incapable of long term sustainability, becomes self destructive when the lack of regulation allows greed and other human fallacies to go unchecked. Not to mention the gross disregard for environmental protections. Young people are trying to gain a footing and become productive in an incredibly unstable and unpredictable economy, and the cards are stacked against them. The increasingly poor housing to income ratio, the exponential costs of becoming educated, etc. All thier lives they've been told to sit down, shut up, and do what they're told. That's the world that older people created for them. Older people who were taught in their youth to fear socialism. People who created a credit-based economy, with relatively low GDP and exports. The current standard business model isn't designed for long term stability, but rather, to make as much money as fast as possible before stocks dive and declaring bankruptcy with mass layoffs. It's a volatile market, one that takes the most from those who are just starting out and often leaves them incapable of providing for themselves. Young people aren't ditching capitalism, they just want balance and stability. They want safeguards and fall protection. Many socialistic ideals have the potential to bring that stability. If this frightens or angers you then it's high time you turned off the television and picked up a book on moral philosophy. Fear is the mind killer, and information is the cure.