It's a tough time for Generation Z. Depression and anxiety rates are skyrocketing and suicide rates are the highest ever. What's to account for this? The answer may lie in "three Great Untruths" that negatively impact the well-being of my generation.
Much has been rightly said about recent attacks on conservative, libertarian, and other non-Leftist speakers on college and university campuses around the country. We should also appreciate that this is the renewed counter-revolution, which we have seen for a century, against the philosophical individualist and market-based foundations of the modern world.
The economic practice of the Nazis and Soviets was very similar. Doomed shawls of Soviet Marxism can be replaced with cursed vests of National Socialism, but each hid the rotten mask of the utopian paradise-one created from the hammer-and-sickle and swastika.
Traditionally in the West, Justice was defined as, "To give to each his due." Western men were expected to judge the individual and his actions against what were then considered objective truths. For anyone watching the culture these days, especially on college campuses, it should be clear that that's no longer the accepted understanding of Justice.
If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. Let's count them down. For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state-programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.
For as long as I can remember, I've puzzled about why people become communists. I have no doubt about why someone would stop being one. After all, we have a century of evidence of the murder, famine, and general destruction caused by the idea. Ignoring all this takes a special kind of willful blindness to reality.
Many politicians often cite their motives as focused on protecting historically marginalized groups from exploitation and oppression. I don't think anyone objects to this goal. The question is not if we should attempt to maximize opportunities for minorities, but rather if government is a suitable mechanism for achieving those aims. It is no coincidence that minorities often struggle the most in domains of social and economic life where the government is most involved.