For article click on link The Lure of Socialism by Thomas Sowell
Looking back over our generation, we may be surprised why so many of our children and grandchildren are lured to the Socialistic view. Let us walk back to our generation first and then we will walk forward to see how this conflict in our young people has been created. What were we taught about how work and rewards work hand in hand. As a young person I was taught if I wanted something other than food and drink, I was expected to work to earn the reward. I am sure a lot of you in our generation, Baby Boomers. In our generation, we were the first of the Influencers of Entitlement (sorry, fellow friends but this is true in most cases). We expected our daughter to work when she was out for the summer and weekends. I have to say, we established good work ethics. I noticed in a lot of my daughter’s friends this was not the case and a large number of them felt their parents owed them. Let us see what Google defines socialism:
a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
synonyms: leftism, welfarism; More
policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
synonyms: leftism, welfarism;
More (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.
Here we go: it started in our generation and as you will see how it spiraled downward in this excerpt from ETHICS, Ethical Behavior Differs Among Generations
Curtis C. Verschoor, CMA, Editor
The four generational groups examined in the survey are Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X workers (Gen Xers), and Millennials or Generation Y workers (Gen Yers).
Traditionalists, born 1925-1945, are hardworking, respectful of authority, and value loyalty.
Baby Boomers, born 1946- 1964, are hardworking, idealistic,
and committed to harmony.
Gen Xers, born 1965-1980, are entre- preneurial, flexible and self-reliant, and comfortable with technology.
Millennials, born 1981-2000, are tech-savvy, appreciative of diver- sity, and skilled in multitasking.
Some of the negative traits and workplace attributes widely assigned to each cohort include:
◆ Traditionalists—Conformers who resist change, are disciplined and pragmatic, work and family lives never coincide, dress formally.
◆ Boomers—Self-centered with sense of entitlement, work- aholics, self-motivated, don’t ap- preciate feedback.
◆ Gen Xers—Lazy, skeptical and cynical, question authority figures, desire for a work-life balance and flexible schedule, work dress is at low end of busi- ness casual.
◆ Millennials—Lack basic liter- acy fundamentals, very short attention spans, not loyal to organi- zation, demand immediate feedback and recognition, integrate technology into the workplace, ex-
pect to have many employers and multiple careers, work dress is whatever feels comfortable.
When I have reviewed and researched this view, I see the parallel. What is obvious to me, and you can beg to differ but a return to work ethics AND expectations to actually work. One of the best items on a resume is work experience even if it is a summer job or part time. Unless you as a parent and/or grandparent want your children to live in an entitled attitude; encourage work as the biggest inheritance you can leave is how to succeed in a world with the cards stacked against them.
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