War on the Young
The Underemployed Generation
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  • Kavanna

    Perhaps a time machine can be invented to make young people old, so that employers will hire them. Beats smoking weed.

    To live on the liberal arts has always been a prerogative of the few. For the rest of us, the liberal arts are essential to being a full human being. But that doesn’t mean we should expect a *job* in the liberal arts. The two things are not at all the same. It’s just that the universities academicized the liberal arts and made them into a politicized, jargon-filled careerist racket.

  • Anthony
  • Bruce

    To deep thinkers, the concept that as government gets larger, employment gets smaller would be too simplistic. Employer mandates, EPA etc. etc. etc. We don’t need a complicated political solution. We need capitalism – but not crony capitalism.

  • Boritz

    In 1981 there were six pages of job listings for IT in one major metropolitan newspaper. By 1982 this had shrunk to six columns on one page thanks to Ronald Reagan and Paul Volcker’s “break the back of inflation” policy. Is this a criticism of Reagan? No. Within a couple of years the economy was smoking (ha). Of course Reagan believed in that trickle down thing that we know doesn’t work. Except a hell of a lot ‘trickled’ (more like flowed like a river) to college graduates at that time. But we have abandoned the failed policies of the past for our brave new normal. College grads are now living in the rooms they grew up in and wonder how we can punish the tea party that has done this to them. You’ll go far guys.

  • rheddles

    There are plenty of complex causes for these trends

    But the lunkheads at VM would rather engage in Generational Warfare and ignore the decline in economic freedom in the US. That is the scandal.

  • Andrew Allison

    Could it possibly be that the 50% or so of college entrants who actually graduate are more than the market will bear? The solution to this problem should be obvious.

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