College Student: My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us
Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.
The main reason that the Greatest Generation succeeded so well, was that they had survived the Great Depression, and understood truly what it meant to have prosperity. They also understood what it was to be truly blessed. As they came into the late 40’s and 50’s, when things began to get prosperous, they had appreciation.
It is the pattern of history. When things are tough, people get tough. When things get easy, the people get soft.
It is why Socialism always ends in failure. If government provides everything, and removes all the hurdles in life, society weakens.
There is a big fight in Dallas right now about government forcing business to offer paid sick leave. The proponents simply do not understand the ramifications, as well as the importance of climbing the ladder of life!
When you get your first job, it is a start. You have no experience. You are not worth a huge paycheck. You tend to be much less productive, than a person with experience. It is your first job, but it is only s step in life!
Then you get some skills.
You get some worth to an employer. You take those skills to a little higher paying job. You get a higher pay. You continue up the ladder.
Pretty soon, you get to a point in your skill set, where you qualify for a good job, maybe a career! You get a bigger check, and benefits!
You continue to do this through life, soon adding a 401K or some kind of retirement. In the process, you also grow, and become more and more valuable to an employer, who finds it profitable to give you more in return.
The leftist system, bypasses all of that. They don’t want the hard work. They want all the benefit, without climbing up the ladder. If this infiltrates all of society, it brings everyone’s standard of living down. We see that happen in nations where they have removed the hurdles and made everything fair.
Our youth today, in bulk, wants all the benefits, without the hard work to get there. It will end in catastrophe. It comes from a lack of real understanding of how great our standard of living is, and how we got here! We got here with hard work, not handouts. Handouts lower the standard of living, they do not raise it!
In walks Alyssa Ahlgren, explaining that destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve. I ran across her piece this week at the Foundation for Economic Freedom entitled: My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us.
I provide some of it for you, and encourage you to go to FEE, a great site BTW, and read the rest. It is well worth your time.
My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us
I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis 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 MacBooks, 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.
We Take Our High Standard of Living for Granted
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.
My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity.
Our lack of appreciation 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 whole-heartedly 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.
Capitalism Leads to Prosperity
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 percent of the world’s GDP. The list goes on.
Finish her piece My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us.
Alyssa has her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and currently works as an Analyst in corporate finance. She is also pursuing her MBA through the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is a former collegiate hockey player for the school. Alyssa spent most of her undergrad as a Pre-Law student with a major in Economics and minor in Political Science. However, she decided to pursue her passion for current events and politics outside of a career in law through writing and being an advocate for the conservative movement.