When you are twelve, in 2008, the global economy collapses. After years of bluster and bravado from President George W. Bush — who encouraged consumerism as a response to terror — it seems your country was weaker than you thought.
In America, the bottom falls out fast.
Baby boomers tell you there is a way out: a college education has always been the key to a good job. But that doesn’t seem to happen anymore. The college graduates you know are drowning in student debt, working for minimum wage, or toiling in unpaid internships.
Every now and then, people revolt. When you are fifteen, Occupy Wall Street captivates the nation’s attention, drawing attention to corporate greed and lost opportunity. Within a year, the movement fades, and its members do things like set up “boutique activist consultancies.”
In 2016, pundits declare your hardship an aberration: unemployment is a low 4.7 percent! At first you think it’s a mistake, until you realize the government counts everyone working part-time or gig jobs or making salaries below the poverty line as “employed.”
That is what employment looks like in America. It is not personal fulfillment or a path to a future. It is futility — and it is forever.
Survival is the new American Dream.
Is it any wonder over half of 18- to 29-year-olds in America say they do not support capitalism? more> https://goo.gl/DXAw7w
- The War on Stupid People, David H. Freedman, theatlantic.com