easy2012, on 19 February 2012 - 01:04 PM, said:
I also read about many reports about Generation Y in the emerging world refusing to take up low paid, long hours work (while living off their parents). The tide may be turning (and also end of super cheap goods while MPC find new excuses on why inflation is consistently above the target...)
Oh so the entitlement gene isn't isolated in feckless, lazy Western youths after all!?If we're not careful, this could spill out to a worldwide contagion. Obviously we must quarantine this inflexible workforce off (as we did in the west) before it spreads further.
Problem is, where will the free markets go to find their new disciples of hard work and entrepreneurship now? I hear there could be bacteria on Europa, so there's hope yet.
In some ways the shift that happened in Counterinsurgency theory was a picture in microcosm of the much wider shift that was going to happen to all Western societies over the next thirty years. Politicians would give up on the idea that politics was about inspiring the people - and giving them a vision of changing the world. Instead the politicians would adopt the ideas, and the language, of economics, and turn to treating their population as individuals who could simply be incentivised and disincentivised by appealing to their self-interest. You didn't change society any longer - you managed it. - Adam Curtis