When a long-existing social order begins to crumble, then the old, who know what they are losing, seek to repair and save it, and the young, who don’t, seek to replace it.
That generalizes the situation, but it is approximately true.
What is galling (to those old enough to know what that word means), is that in the instance of the collapse of our existing social order, the young are reverting to philosophies known to be false sirens. The ghastly spectacle of socialism has again reared its tired old ugly head.
Have we not had enough Stalins, Hitlers, Maos and Pol Pots yet? How many more millions must be starved and murdered before socialism is consigned to the bin.
The guilty party is not only the young people. The idea that education should be open to all is easy to agree with. The problem is that this means that the government has to run education. This is what happened and this is why the young lack an education (particularly the university students). Most do not know socialism’s history (or any other history). Seventy-three years after the war ended, they don’t even know that Hitler was a socialist – and a very successful one at that. I read somewhere that WW2 killed more people than all previous wars combined.
The ongoing allure of socialism is that all people have to do is to vote for the ‘right’ candidate and they can glow with an inner sense of superiority and righteousness – and it doesn’t cost them any money personally. Or so they initially think – just as the Venezuelans did.
Then reality bites and it is so hard to go back. All the accumulated capital has been squandered. Capitalism creates wealth; socialism consumes it. Socialism never goes away until all the capital is consumed.
It would be good, were it to be generally recognised that it is the use of pseudo-money that is the cause of the problem, but that is nowhere near where anyone, young or old, is looking.
Would it not be wonderful to see thousands of people on the streets waving banners saying ‘Try Gold’?
It will not happen. A government education has seen to that.