Why does it seem that we are seeing a resurgence of socialism/Marxism and communism in America?
Youth and young adult unemployment.
First, let’s agree that I can use the acronym “SMAC” for these three so I don’t have to type so many letters…
The first thing that one must understand is that SMAC represents economic systems, not social or political ones. The latter two must be reordered to support SMAC but are not the beginning steps – alteration of a national economic system is the beginning point. Therefore a natural progression for the introduction of a SMAC state would start with economic stress and a demand for reordering of the economic system to create “equality”.
Revolution is a young man’s game. I say that because even old adherents of SMAC typically find security and safety in academia, non-profit organizations or the public sector. These “revolutionaries” are quite content to preach about the revolution and the glorious worker’s paradise from an academic pulpit and hold forth in symposium on the evils of capitalism that put them on the sidelines making Che tee shirts and writing alternative “peoples history” books.
The restive components of the glorious worker’s revolution are among the young and unemployed. The revolution will not be televised but it will be offered online and in multi-player form on Playstation.
I have written that one of the most insidious aspects of the Obama “recovery” is the astronomical unemployment of the under 25 demographic. Young people are not learning about jobs and the value of work; they are not experiencing any sort of work ethic and only know handouts from parents and government. We are turning out a substantial number of over-educated, under-educated youth who lack the basic behavioral disciplines to adapt to the idea that instead of future editing books at a major publishing house, they face years in a career wilderness employing rudimentary janitorial or barista skills.
According to NumbersUSA, the unemployment rate for Americans ages 16-17 is 34%. The unemployment rate for teenage Hispanic Americans is 48%, and the rate for teenage Black Americans is 60%. Given that these age groups are normally where the education about work begins, why is the administration allowing this:
A study from the Center for Immigration Studies suggests that in the United States there is a correlation between unemployment among natives and the influx of immigrants. This data shows that immigrants get the upper hand in employment over natives. Since 2009, two-thirds of the net increase in employment has gone to immigrant workers, mostly legal immigrants.
- Since President Obama took office, 67% of employment growth has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).
- There were 1.94 million more immigrants (legal and illegal) working in the third quarter of 2012 than at the start of 2009. This compares to a 938,000 increase for natives over the same time period.
- Most of the immigrant growth in employment was the result of new immigration, from 2009 on.
- Immigrants made employment gains across the labor market. In occupations where immigrant gains were the largest, there were 2.2 million unemployed natives.
It is simply not credible that the politicians Washington do not see this – they do. The Democrats welcome the illegals because they anticipate that they will be given amnesty and thank the Democrats with a huge, loyal voting bloc…plus the kicker is that the youth disaffection and angst plays directly into the Democrats populist/collectivist hands. Republicans are so afraid to touch the immigration issue that this works out to be a trifecta for the left.
If left to follow its own entropy, this could the beginning of the end of a capitalist, free market economy and why this recent Rolling Stone paean to Karl Marx will make sense to many of them.
But the entropy shouldn’t be allowed to stand. Republicans should start creating logical order by making the case to the 25 and under demographic and their parents that their spot at the starting line of life is being taken from them, their employability skills are being significantly reduced and because they are, the start of their legitimate careers are being delayed by several years. This delay is occurring even as the educational debts that were taken on by both they and their parents starts to mature. This delay has a ripple effect all the way through a person’s life – it delays marriage, children, home ownership and financial security – it often isn’t just a day for day delay because life is opportunistic and many times if we are not ready to accept the opportunity, it passes us by and may not come again.
Illegal immigration has the same emotional and reality calculus as Obamacare – there is a great deal of sympathy until people realize that they are the one at the table who has to pick up the check.