Hate For Millennials Has Reached Absurd Levels


What’s with all the hate for young people? What’s with all the hate in general?

I’m sure some of my critics will accuse me of spreading hate, but I maintain my hatred is for ideas, not people. Sure, I use strong words to describe what I call empty-head hippie liberals, but that’s coming from a place of love. It’s their ideas that are toxic, poisonous, un-American, and un-democratic.

But more and more I find that older generations are hating on young people. I’ve talked about it a bunch here; I’ve tried to untangle the generational angst towards those who are younger. But try as I might, there just doesn’t seem to be a sensible solution.

Hating on younger generations might be the only “cool” thing old people can do. Every other trend seems to be reserved for those without arthritis (try showing a fidget spinner to your 60-year old mom; not a good idea). But hating young people for being young will never go out of style.

I’ve criticized Millennials; mostly because of the choices and ideas they subscribe to. Ideas that are simply ridiculous or destructive—like protesting free speech on a college campus. But it seems hating on people between the ages of 16-30 has become more than just a generational thing; it’s now a political and pop culture thing.

So, in the interest of playing fair, I’m going to try to defend Millennials today. At least in a few areas, I feel they are getting a raw deal.

We know the economy isn’t what it was in the 1950’s. Sure, some smart people will say it’s much, much better today. But we know it’s hard to get a leg up in today’s world. After recessions and a litany of massive changes to many industries, young people are forced to make choices that perhaps their parents didn’t have to make.

In the past, it was much more common to go into the career your parents held. The family business was a solid, safe career path for many people. Today, not so much. If your parents were blue-collar workers, who worked at the town factory all of their lives, you might not have the same opportunity. In fact, the town factory might have closed long before you left high school. That’s also true for the family farm or business.

More and more businesses are outsourcing their labor. Not just in manufacturing and blue collars jobs. Companies have been outsourcing white collar, office jobs for years, to places like India. Plus, thanks to a very high corporate tax rate, entire companies are jumping ship to places like Ireland, where the tax is lower. Entire workforces in the U.S. are being wiped out. That means fewer good-paying jobs for graduates and people entering the workforce.

Plus, you have to remember the economic downturn of 2008-09. That crisis wiped out the retirement funds of many Baby Boomers. So, guess what? They haven’t retired. Although many are rapidly leaving the workforce—so much so that Social Security bends under the pressure—many older workers refuse to leave their positions, freeing them up for the young guns.

We also need to keep in mind the Great Lie that was fed to us growing up: that in order to get a good career you had to attend a four-year college. Generations of students were told that blue collar jobs or jobs that required technical skills (painters, plumbers, construction workers, carpenters and so many more) were no good. Those are jobs for “uneducated” people. Even though they pay great, and demand is shockingly high, most of us were told to get a four-year degree for jobs that aren’t available.

That’s not to mention how the career climate keeps changing, thanks to radical advancements in technology. When I was in high school and college, web design was a great field to get into. Then came Wordpress—which destroyed the demand for good designers. Suddenly web design was no longer viable.

And that’s not to mention overseas designers undercutting those of us in the U.S. who want a living wage.

All this has led to generations of young workers struggling to cut a little piece of the American dream for themselves. Workers in their 20’s and 30’s aren’t as established financially as their parents were at the same age. Few of them own homes or are even willing to start families—simply because they lack the money.

Yet instead of acknowledging the many reasons for this, assholes online blame Millennials, claiming it’s because they spend too much on food.

Yeah… that’s it.

Freely spending on avocados — the pricey, popular superfruit beloved by young people — may be one of the reasons why some young people can’t afford a house, according to Australian millionaire and property mogul Tim Gurner.

“When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” Gurner told the Australian news show 60 Minutes…

“We’re at a point now where the expectations of younger people are very, very high,” Gruner said. “They want to eat out every day, they want to travel to Europe every year. The people that own homes today worked very, very hard for it, saved every dollar, did everything they could to get up the property investment ladder.” (Time)

Of course! That’s why young people are struggling! We’re all buying smashed avocados and traveling to Europe all the time! Hey, how was your tour through Paris this spring? Was it magical? How about that short jaunt to Venice and Milan? Equally amazing!?

Forget the fact that many, many Millennials struggle with crippling student loans, shockingly high rents, and jobs that refuse to offer upward mobility. It’s those damn smashed avocados and lattes!

I for one appreciate frugal living. I have a budget and stick to it. Personally, I would have a hard time paying $19 for smashed avocados; I don’t even know what that is. But to so blithely excuse an entire generation’s financial woes by saying they waste their money is utter bullshit.

Let’s consider the expenses a young professional has to front, just to be equipped in today’s world. I already talked about those crippling student loans. But how about rent? The rent for an average, single bedroom apartment in a major city (where all the jobs are) can range from $1300 to $3000 a month. Most people entering the workforce won’t make that much in a single paycheck.

What did their parents pay when they left school in the 1970’s and 1980’s? Around $430. Yes, they were likely to earn less, but that’s a big difference, one that’s only risen significantly in the last ten years.

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