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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Failing the people



Recently I saw an article about how companies are no longer going to concentrate their advertising on Millennials. It’s occurred to companies that young people have no money. What hasn’t occurred to them is that the low wages they pay have anything to do with that. Even Henry Ford realized he had to pay his workers enough money so they could afford to buy the cars they were building.

Young people are so screwed over. They were sold a bill of goods. It was fine to go deeply into debt for college because good jobs would be theirs. That didn’t happen. They were told that doing things for “exposure” was a good idea. That same was said for unpaid internships. For companies that’s even better than slaves. Slaves have to be taken care of.

So when young people say that maybe Socialism might look good to them, don’t be too surprised. Capitalism hasn’t done them any favors lately.

Personally, I don’t think any pure form of any particular “ism” is the answer. The world is a messy place. For example, Capitalism is great, if it has enough protections built in for the things that Capitalism is bad at, like taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves. Socialism is fine if there are enough exceptions to allow wealth creation.

I don’t care what it’s called. Let’s put together something that takes care of people. While we are at it, let’s make sure we take better care of the planet. If the plants and animals can’t survive, neither can humans.

Whatever we decide, we’d better do it soon. How long will the youth put up with what they have going on now?

-Sixbears

6 comments:

  1. It ain't ever gonna happen until the Lord comes back, although we should keep trying.

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    1. The good Lord gave us the gifts we need to build a better world so we've no excuse not to try harder.

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  2. As far as that college thing, there have been a few stories showing how a lot of college age kids are leaning more towards skilled trades again instead of traditional college, which I think is a step in the right direction. "Economic Viability" seems to be a good slogan to think of when looking into a career now. Here's hoping better regulated capitalism on some things and some democratic socialism on others becomes a part of our future.

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    1. Good points Adam. We should mix and match whatever works.

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  3. Because of financial reasons, I dropped out of college and a friend of mine's uncle got me a job on the labor gang at a railcar manufacturer. Their main building was the second largest building under one roof in the USA (I think the Pentagon is the largest). I knew every inch of that roof. Then one of the guys found out about my schooling and made me put my application in to the engineering dept. That was one of the best things to happen to me in my life. That opened up a new career for me.

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    1. You were lucky to get in. At one time people could start at the bottom and work their way up. Those jobs are rare as hen's teeth now.

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