Government and Generations
In different generations, there is a youth sentiment that tries to carry the day until met with reality. In the baby boom generation this sentiment was anti-business, and it continued until it was met with reality of international economic competition. What was seen for these people as "growing up" was to accept these capitalist realities.
In my generation, the youth sentiment was not anti-business but anti-government. This went on until the need for government was made inescapably apparent as a result of international Jihadism and its terrorist attacks all around the world. So for the people of my generation, "growing up" is not about accepting the need for capitalism but about accepting the need for government. The boomers had to accept that business was necessary; my generation, that the government is.
There have been oodles of people claiming such things as that American government is "socialist" or "totalitarian." Having lived under actual totalitarianism, I always laughed at such claims. American government is one of the mildest and most benign governments anywhere, and to accuse it of such things as socialism or totalitarianism is ridiculous. These people have no idea what totalitarianism is.
It is amusing to see all these anti-government people using government-built Internet to disseminate their rubbish. Just as it is amusing to see anti-government truckers use government-built, government-maintained Interstate to deliver the products made by government-subsidized anti-government beef farmers to "big liberal" cities that are their markets. It is amusing to see students in publically funded universities rail against "statism" or claim AmeriCorps program tobe "servitude," or to see youth educated in public schools and publically funded universities wanting government "off their backs."
It is amusing to see people whose lifestyle depends on cars, computers, air conditioning and similar products - all of them based on government-funded science - claim scientists to be fools and sinners, or portray government as parasitical off their toil. It is amusing to see the oil industry workers who have only been able to keep their jobs because their bosses have lobbied the government to silence the truth about global warming shout about "socialism" or "New World Order." And it is also amusing to see the people who depend as much as they do on government police and government military not want to pay taxes and to continue to claim American government to be the Great Satan when without American government they would all be dead.
The anti-government fantasy is an indulgence, and one that is just as irresponsible as was the anti-business fantasy of the baby boomers. Government provides military, police, roads, schools, science, Internet - all things that are necessary, not only for people's protection but also for the economy, and without which what is known as today's way of life would not have existed at all. A country without a government does not lead to freedom; it leads to Somalia. And it is irresponsible and destructive to want a powerful country and its citizens to follow such a path.
It is time to put away childish things, which, for my generation, means anti-government ideology. The government is necessary, and American people owe to it far more than many think. Anyone who does not think so is free to confront the Taliban personally. That might put things for them in perspective, in case that global terrorism and global warming have not.