Coronavirus Is Turning Millennials Socialist Or Something

See, it’s the pandemic, not the American school system and Democratic voting parents

From the article

Everything about SARS-CoV-2 seems unfair. It afflicts the poor worse than the rich, and Blacks more than Whites. It also disrupts — and potentially derails — the lives of people in some generations more than others. There’s social and political dynamite in this inequity. One likely effect is to make several developed countries swerve left politically, toward some bowdlerized form of “socialism.”

The generational effects of Covid-19 may seem counterintuitive. Medically, the virus is most life-threatening to the so-called “silent generation” of people in their late 70s, 80s or 90s. But economically, the coronavirus has left these lives relatively unscathed. Their careers have been had, their retirement savings — if they had any — had already been turned into annuities. The Silents as a group are not the pandemic’s biggest economic losers.

(a couple paragraphs on Boomers and Generation X doing OK)

Studies show that even a decade after the crash, all but the most educated Millennials were earning and saving less than Xers or Boomers did at the same age. Lower entry-level salaries can have consequences (“wage scars”) that last an entire life time. This precarious outlook is probably one reason why Millennials had already been delaying marriage and children longer than preceding generations did, and are more likely to still be living with (gasp) their parents.

Yeah, well, maybe they shouldn’t have obtained degrees not worth that much on the market, while getting themselves into massive loan debt.

So Millennials have a right to be frustrated. But what makes many of them irate is watching the older generations milk the system at their expense, through what some economists call “Boomer socialism.”

Consider the generous but unsustainable public pensions going to Boomers in most developed countries, which are paid for largely by Millennials and Xers. In the U.S., there’s also health care that’s universal and public for the old (called Medicare) but often unavailable or unaffordable for the young. In many countries, the Boomers have also bid up house prices beyond the reach of Millennials, in part with tax breaks for mortgage interest that disproportionately benefit older taxpayers. Oh, and there’s the mountain of student-loan debt bearing down on many American Millennials.

Wait, so they’re upset over the systems that Democrats put in place, along with their own idiocy for their own loans? Huh.

This distress, coupled with the hypocrisy of Boomers who claim to oppose big government while enjoying it in so many ways, explains why Millennials have been trending left and even embracing the loaded word “socialism.” It’s these fed-up young voters who boosted the campaigns of lefty Boomer populists like Bernie Sanders in the U.S. and Jeremy Corbyn in the U.K.

Whether Millennials actually use the word “socialism” properly — as government ownership of the means of production — is moot. More likely, they simply want better public policy that addresses their specific problems. Even then, however, they often fall prey to political snake oil such as rent controls or wealth taxes.

True, text book Political Theory 101 Socialism wouldn’t be as bad as what they want, because personal freedom would be high with the government staying out of our lives on almost everything, and we’d have voting by citizens on almost everything, with elected officials almost unnecessary. Of course, that’s not what these Millennials want: they want Progressivism, otherwise known as Nice Fascism. They want government control of Other People’s money, Other People’s lives, and the ability to overturn any vote they don’t like on a whim.

The better path for policymakers across the West is to offer more pragmatic, but still sufficiently bold, alternatives. And as I’ve argued, this means reviving classical liberalism — not in the American sense of “left” but in the European sense of “freedom.”

Health care, for example, can be provided publicly, privately or in a mixed system like Germany’s; but it should always be universal. Pension reform is a no-brainer. So is tax simplification that cuts loopholes for Boomers, thus broadening the base without necessarily raising rates. And yes, we should keep studying the idea, still never properly tried, of a Universal Basic Income — not to expand, but to replace the welfare state.

So, give them Government? Classical Liberalism can easily be defined as “the government that governs least governs best”, meaning it only gets involved when it has to, with minimal interference in the Moral (individual lives), Political (minimal restrictions on who can vote, such as having to be 18 and an actual citizen), and Economic (very little interference in the economy). What Bloomberg is pushing is Socialism and punishing people for having had a good life, burdening senior citizens with heaving taxation. And, really, Millennials didn’t just start turning Modern Socialist.

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16 Responses to “Coronavirus Is Turning Millennials Socialist Or Something”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    Surprise…

    The video accumulated over 17 million views during the eight hours it was hosted on Facebook, with over 185,000 concurrent viewers.

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/07/27/facebook-censors-viral-video-of-doctors-capitol-hill-coronavirus-press-conference/

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  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Private businesses such as the youtube, facebook, twitter, tik-tok etc can limit their content as they see fit. Would you force content on FOX, Breitbart, Teach, Gateway, Townhall etc? Why not start your own fakebook, our youlie to spread your lies and conspiracies? Do you want to nationalize all forms of communication?

    They can delete content. The doctors who claim that hydroxychloroquine, zinc, zithromax are cures are entitled to their uninformed opinions, are certainly have many ways to spread them. Why support these lies? Science is not based on opinion but on evidence. Controlled clinical studies do not support the hypothesis that hydroxychloroquine cures Covid-19. Your lies are not equivalent to others’ truths. Do you really favor the US gov’t deciding content?

    Trump is a fascist at heart, as are his most ardent supporters, and want to limit all criticism of him.

    BTW, as you all should recall, licensed US physicians can still prescribe hydroxychloroquine for their Covid patients. It is NOT approved by the FDA for Covid (no drug is), but that doesn’t prevent Drs from prescribing off-label. So who are the trump TV docs trying to persuade?

    • formwiz says:

      Private businesses such as the youtube, facebook, twitter, tik-tok etc can limit their content as they see fit. Would you force content on FOX, Breitbart, Teach, Gateway, Townhall etc? Why not start your own fakebook, our youlie to spread your lies and conspiracies? Do you want to nationalize all forms of communication?

      They can? Be interesting to see some of them change hands and start censoring Lefties. As things stand, there is a move afoot to have these conglomerates regarded as publishers, with the same restrictions attendant.

      And, if FOX, Breitbart, Teach, Gateway, Townhall, etc., restrict comment, what are you doing here?

      Clearly, you lie.

      They can delete content. The doctors who claim that hydroxychloroquine, zinc, zithromax are cures are entitled to their uninformed opinions, are certainly have many ways to spread them.

      Yes, all those uninformed medical professionals who worked with the stuff, as opposed to Fauci, who hasn’t been right in 40 years. And no one’s called it a cure. It’s an effective treatment, but you don’t want that because you want as much of the country shut down as possible until the election.

      Why support these lies? Science is not based on opinion but on evidence.

      And here you’ve been telling us it’s based on consensus.

      Controlled clinical studies do not support the hypothesis that hydroxychloroquine cures Covid-19. Your lies are not equivalent to others’ truths.

      Since nobody’s said it would, up to and including Dr Raoult, you’re the one who’s lying.

      If the truth is on your side, why are you afraid of honest debate.

      Do you really favor the US gov’t deciding content?

      Love to hear you squeal if it did.

      Trump is a fascist at heart, as are his most ardent supporters, and want to limit all criticism of him.

      If so, they’re doing a damned lousy job of it. But, considering, the Demos will need to swing a sizable portion of Trump voters to their side to win, calling them Fascists (it’s capitalized like Confederate, but not black) seems to be a stupid way to lose an election.

      Ah, well, Trump is surging among blacks, Hispanics, women, working stiffs, and all us other malcontents. Good luck with Gropin’ Joe. Hope he remembers to put on his pants for the debates.

      If the Demos allow any.

      BTW, as you all should recall, licensed US physicians can still prescribe hydroxychloroquine for their Covid patients. It is NOT approved by the FDA for Covid (no drug is), but that doesn’t prevent Drs from prescribing off-label.

      Except in NV. Seems like the government is trying to decide content. As for the FDA, they’ve been for sale so long I doubt anybody cares what they think.

      So who are the trump TV docs trying to persuade?

      You mean Birx and Fauci? I dunno, but after he pulled down is mask, I think Little Tony lost an awful lot of people.

      Speaking of masks, why are normal Americans forced to wear masks and have family funerals limited to 10 people, while that old gasbag, John Lewis, had hundreds at his funeral, none of whom wore masks?

      Not to mention all the rioters.

  4. david7134 says:

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  5. formwiz says:

    Nifty comment off Insty, too good to keep.

    Jeffery, this bud’s for you

    For three years, the Democrats have been telling us Trump is literally Hitler, just waiting for a crisis so he could seize absolute power.

    …except right now, they’re complaining because, during the COVID panic, he hasn’t seized absolute power.

  6. Est1950 says:

    The doctors who claim that hydroxychloroquine, zinc, zithromax are cures

    Let me ask you a question? Why is it that medicines that cost 1000’s of dollars per dose still watch their patients die? Why are you not beating the drum for the banning of these drugs as ineffective treatments for Cancer if in the end a large percentage of the patients die?

    Is it not true that the cancer drugs which cost exorbitant amounts of money are only partially effective? Why do you allow for people to undergo painful radiation when the results are mixed at best. Radiation cures some people, others drop like flies from their disease.

    Why is it you defend the major drug manufacturers who are spreading disinformation so they can charge 1000’s of dollars per vial of an anti-viral drug that is no more effective than is Generic drugs you listed above.

    I would be interested to read how you can recommend drugs that are horribly sickening, destroy the entire immune system all to keep a patient alive for a few more months all with the hope that potentially a few people might Beat the odds and survive.

    I suspect you have no argument other than Trump is a fascist and if he states it might help. By goodness we will destroy America to make sure it is banned so that drug companies can peddle, 100 thousand dollar vials of medicine that is no more effective than the generic bottle that cost 20 bucks at Walmart.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Hydroxychloroquine is not banned. Doctors can still prescribe it. Unfortunately for patients, no reliable studies have demonstrated efficacy of the drug against SARS-CoV-2.

      Hydroxychloroquine is approved by the FDA for other indications, meaning licensed US physicians can prescribe it for off-label use. Many probably do.

      Here’s a recent lay review of potential treatments being tested.

      https://www.healthline.com/health-news/heres-exactly-where-were-at-with-vaccines-and-treatments-for-covid-19

      It’s unlikely that a conspiracy exists between Trump’s FDA, the medical community and companies such as Gilead.

      • formwiz says:

        Hydroxychloroquine is not banned. Doctors can still prescribe it. Unfortunately for patients, no reliable studies have demonstrated efficacy of the drug against SARS-CoV-2.

        Try again, hot shot.

        Banned in NV and they’re trying to do it in OH.

        So you lie again. Go back to Mommy’s basement.

        It’s unlikely that a conspiracy exists between Trump’s FDA, the medical community and companies such as Gilead.

        Collusion? It depends on which FDA. Trump’s, if such a one exists, and the Deep State FDA, which we know exists.

        Common link? Sure, Lefties, Dr Evil, Democrats, NeverTrumpers.

        Your silly little attempts at brushing away a plot are straight out of Uncle Saul and just as obsolete.

      • Est1950 says:

        Hydroxychloroquine is not banned. Doctors can still prescribe it. Unfortunately for patients, no reliable studies have demonstrated efficacy of the drug against SARS-CoV-2.

        This is a true statement. However there is something very sinister going on in the pharmacy departments around the country. Pharmacists are being told not to give out these medications if they are prescribed for Covid-19.

        Yes if you are already on their rolls for malaria or arthritis or the other diseases it is perfectly okay to use this medicine.

        May 15, 2020 · The new rule adopted in March by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy directs that prescriptions for chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, mefloquine, or azithromycin must be accompanied with a diagnosis,…

        Jul 30, 2020 · 3:20. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has reversed a rule that prohibited the sale and dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine in the state after Gov. Mike DeWine (R) asked for the reversal.

        May 19, 2020 · In the May 14 edition of her Fox News show, Laura Ingraham interviewed Dr. Ivette Lozano, a Texas physician, who was having trouble with a pharmacy that had refused to fill her off-label…

        Jul 30, 2020 · The Maryland Board of Pharmacy has reaffirmed pharmacists’ ability to refuse to fill prescriptions that they do not believe to be clinically appropriate. It also empowers them to take steps to manage their supply of drugs like hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, suggesting partial fills, which could create issues for people with lupus.

        Apr 05, 2020 · In a March 23 executive order, Mr. Cuomo barred pharmacists from filling prescriptions for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, its next-generation derivative, except for FDA-approved uses, such as

        I could go on and on and on about this. There are dozens of doctors talking about how they lost their licenses or were fired because they prescribed the above drugs to patients in their care for covid-19.

        Politics.

        Many, many experts, even on the left are cautioning the left to stop it. If this continues we are going into full depression by the November election. but then that is what Lenin did in Russia. He forced the country into recession, the people were starving and they turned to the hand that would feed them.

        The difference this time is there are 450 million guns in this country and more than half the country is opposed to the peasants with their pitchforks trying to crush the bourgeois. I’m pretty sure you living in your comfortable home with all your stuff and your nice nest egg in the bank cannot survive a depression anymore than the rest of us can.

        Jul 22, 2020 · As the economic fallout of the pandemic continues to unfold, banks are rushing to close credit card accounts or slash credit limits to curb their risk.

        and

        Jul 21, 2020 · An apparent coin shortage in the nation’s marketplace has so alarmed the federal government that a U.S. Coin Task Force was established to solve the problem.

        The economic adviser to Obama for 8 years has warned his side that if they keep this up a depression is inevitable.

        We understand the left wants this. Communist China has infiltrated every aspect of our nation to the point they have managed to brainwash not only the press but our children. While we point fingers at Russia, they themselves have finally turned against China realizing that China is no friend of theirs, declaring parts of Russia belong to China and sending the Virus to their cities as a friendly reminder that China hates everyone.

        Conspiracy? Yes. Everywhere you turn China is influencing the world with AGW, Land Borders, Propaganda. Stealing technology, infiltrating every nation, feeding the fires of rebellion around the world.

        Do you even watch the news from other countries. Millions are marching around the world. This is what you want as you bash the right as being not just a political enemy but an enemy of the world. Remember I said that when they come for you.

        J.K. Rowling Gets Canceled on … – The Hollywood Gossip

        She is an ardent supporter of the far left. She said one thing wrong. She is begging for them to let her back into the fold.

        They are coming for you Mr. Dowd. Rest assured. They are coming for you.

  7. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    There is no reliable evidence that hydroxychloroquine works in Covid-19, so why is it still being debated? Because it distracts from the federal gov’ts failures during the pandemic? The idea that a cabal of medical scientists, major/minor pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, ICUs are colluding to harm Donald Trump is just silly. If hydroxychloroquine was effective the pandemic would be history.

    You do make a good point that the poor and blue collar workers are suffering economically more than white collar workers. Store clerks, waiters, teachers, healthcare workers, janitors, mechanics, police, firefighters, pharmacists, lab techs, etc can’t easily work from home. Many are at increased risk of infection; many have no jobs at all now.

    If you are truly interested in a stable society, you need to examine where we are now. Even before this pandemic the poor and working classes faced economic woes, and this is by design, not nature. We were one national emergency, one feckless leader, away from societal unrest. So here we are. Working class Americans have faced decades of flat wages, flat wealth accumulation – and if you’re not advancing, you’re falling behind. The right blames the working classes for not achieving more – not enough education, bad decisions, sloth, genetics – they blame everything except an economic system that thrives on rewarding the glib, the elite, the already rich – at the expense of the working classes. The problems are not insoluble. Policy caused them, and policy can solve them.

    If you’re afraid that “they” will come for you, it behooves you to listen to what “they” are saying.

    • formwiz says:

      There is no reliable evidence that hydroxychloroquine works in Covid-19, so why is it still being debated? Because it distracts from the federal gov’ts failures during the pandemic? The idea that a cabal of medical scientists, major/minor pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, ICUs are colluding to harm Donald Trump is just silly. If hydroxychloroquine was effective the pandemic would be history.

      Lie.

      It’s an extremely effective treatment for the Red Plague. Fauci and the rest of the Deep Staters, who are in Gilead’s pocket, hate it because it allows people to get back on their feet. They have this fixation that continuing the lockdown helps Gropin’ Joe when it’s clear the opposite is true.

      Just like socialism. It isn’t working because we didn’t do it hard enough.

      You do make a good point that the poor and blue collar workers are suffering economically more than white collar workers. Store clerks, waiters, teachers, healthcare workers, janitors, mechanics, police, firefighters, pharmacists, lab techs, etc can’t easily work from home. Many are at increased risk of infection; many have no jobs at all now.

      Which is what the Demos want. They figure if working stiffs are out of work, they’ll blame Trump. Too bad that isn’t the case. And most of the people out of work are in the Blue Zone, where people like Newsom and Nipsy Cuomo still have their states locked down.

      It’s going to be impressive to see how many of those states Trump takes this Fall.

      If you are truly interested in a stable society, you need to examine where we are now. Even before this pandemic the poor and working classes faced economic woes, and this is by design, not nature. We were one national emergency, one feckless leader, away from societal unrest. So here we are. Working class Americans have faced decades of flat wages, flat wealth accumulation – and if you’re not advancing, you’re falling behind.

      You mean all those years when the Demos had the helm? Right now, it looks like Trump has about 40% approval among blacks and Hispanics. They thought the Demos were going to save them an d it was all a lie.

      The right blames the working classes for not achieving more – not enough education, bad decisions, sloth, genetics – they blame everything except an economic system that thrives on rewarding the glib, the elite, the already rich – at the expense of the working classes. The problems are not insoluble. Policy caused them, and policy can solve them.

      Sure. 50 years of go on welfare and the Demos will take care of you. Zippy showed them what a lie that was.

      And bad decisions do affect lives. Look at you.

      And the glib, the elite, the already rich are the base of the Democrat party.

      If you’re afraid that “they” will come for you, it behooves you to listen to what “they” are saying.

      Not when it’s a bunch of rich white guys burning down cities because of a black guy whose death was his own fault.

      In the immortal words of Chris Rock, “Obey the law”.

    • Est1950 says:

      You do not answer the question or address the issue. Instead you make an immediate flip to communism is good and capitalism is bad.

      They are coming for you. I do not listen to anarchists. I do not listen to people telling me there are 140 sexual versions of mankind. I do not listen to blacks making millions playing a sport telling me their life sucks. I do not listen to the NBA telling us that we as a nation suck while they get pumped in the buttocks by China who is murdering and harvesting organs of religious Muslims which the left pretends to care about.

      Listen to what they are saying? Are you kidding me. Neither you nor they have anything to say that is worth listening too. You do nothing to help the poor. You used your white privilege to gain your job and position. It had nothing to do with your ability and everything to do with your skin color.

      It is you they are coming for because it is you who will cower when they show up. When they show up at my house I will be like your friends in Missouri with their AR-15 and pistol telling them to move along.

      I do not listen to fake news. The left is fake news. They have nothing to say worth listening too. When they want to sit down and work on solutions rather than to just scream white people suck and should be rounded up……..

      In the meantime the left is driving the nation to bankruptcy for communism to take over and we can join the ranks of China and harvest white peoples organs for rich Asians in China.

  8. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    There is no reliable evidence that hydroxychloroquine works in Covid-19… except when there is.

    Sorry, Rimjob, you haven’t a clue.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/07/05/hypothesis-restrictions-on-hydroxychloroquine-contribute-to-the-covid-19-cases-surge/

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