What birther crap is to lifting the lid off ugly right-wing Twitter, that communism piece was to lifting the lid off ugly left-wing Twitter.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 5, 2014
With America’s historic income gap being cited as the central issue in the upcoming elections, ideas to reform our economy are coming from all sections of the political spectrum. From conservatives who want to double down on trickle-down economics, to liberals who want a variety of marginal adjustments in hopes of kicking the old system back into gear.
But there are also some radical ideas now on the table thanks to an unapologetic piece in Rolling Stone. The piece recommends five reforms that millennials should start fighting for now in hopes of seeing them achieved by the time they become the dominant political group.
1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody
2. Social Security for All
3. Take Back The Land
4. Make Everything Owned by Everybody
5. A Public Bank in Every State
The article, written by Jesse Myerson, almost immediately caused a conservative backlash on social media particularly twitter where the tag #StandWithJesse became a venue for twitter battles on Myerson’s proposal.
Jonah Goldberg then used his column in the LA Times to attack Myerson’s plan calling it tired, old, and ridiculous.
Myerson’s essay captures nearly everything the unconverted despise about left-wing youth culture, starting with the assumption that being authentically young requires being theatrically left wing.
Goldberg’s critique then devolved into the typical Neoliberal mantra “there is no alternative” the only thing missing was the Monty Python and the Holy Grail characters hitting themselves in the head after repeating it over and over again.
Sometimes it is hard for people to accept that there really aren’t many new ideas. Sure, there are new policy innovations and new possibilities created by technology. But the really big ideas about how we should organize society vary between being merely antique and downright ancient.
Perhaps Goldberg just can’t think of any new ideas and has therefore decided his affliction must be universal.
In any case, Myerson has been making the rounds in various media today to promote the piece which I can only advise people read and make up their own minds on. The status quo is out of ideas, that is clear, but that does not necessarily mean no new ideas can be found.