Rolling Stone used to be a music magazine but lately it looks more like a communist newsletter. They have already come out in support of gun prohibition, gay marriage, and unfettered illegal immigration. Ok. They aren’t actually in support of “illegal” immigration. They just want to make it all legal so there would be no such thing as illegal immigration; you know, its the zany borderless world idea of the Woodstock crowd that made its way into liberal politics. Uhhhumm..through mags like Rolling Stone.
As if it Rolling Stone was taking notes right out of the Communist Manifesto and rewording them for 20 somethings, they want a number of things that would make any cold-war Marxist stone cold proud.
Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For
Guaranteed jobs, universal basic incomes, public finance and more
It’s a new year, but one thing hasn’t changed: The economy still blows. Five years after Wall Street crashed, America’s banker-gamblers have only gotten richer, while huge swaths of the country are still drowning in personal debt, tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed – and the new jobs being created are largely low-wage, sub-contracted, part-time grunt work.
Millennials have been especially hard-hit by the downturn, which is probably why so many people in this generation (like myself) regard capitalism with a level of suspicion that would have been unthinkable a decade ago. But that egalitarian impulse isn’t often accompanied by concrete proposals about how to get out of this catastrophe. Here are a few things we might want to start fighting for, pronto, if we want to grow old in a just, fair society, rather than the economic hellhole our parents have handed us.
1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody
Unemployment blows. The easiest and most direct solution is for the government to guarantee that everyone who wants to contribute productively to society is able to earn a decent living in the public sector. There are millions of people who want to work, and there’s tons of work that needs doing – it’s a no-brainer. And this idea isn’t as radical as it might sound: It’s similar to what the federal Works Progress Administration made possible during Roosevelt’s New Deal, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. vocally supported a public-sector job guarantee in the 1960s.
A job guarantee that paid a living wage would anchor prices, drive up conditions for workers at megacorporations like Walmart and McDonald’s, and target employment for the poor and long-term unemployed – people to whom conventional stimulus money rarely trickles all the way down.
Other “reforms” endorsed in this article include universal income and the abolition of private property.