The truth is that Millennials are getting a bad rap. You do not control as much of your value as previous generations of Americans and that sucks. The playing field is not tilted in your favor. Over the last century we’ve lost key protections — they should be reinstated. We’ve also learned a few things with this modern economy of ours, meaning that new protections should be put in place.
A brief list of what Millennials can do to help themselves and leave our country a better place than they found it:
1) A stand in favor of equal protection for all American Citizens
Take two people. One is a Millennial saving up for a house and currently renting, and another is a Gen Xer who owns a house. Is it fair for the federal government to tax the home owner less than the renter — just because he owns rather than rents his shelter? Is it okay for one person to labor 6 months in the service of the government, while another labors only 3 months, or 0? Should we all have an equal right to our labor? If not equal, then what? Should we all stand shoulder-to-shoulder and be treated the same by our government as American Citizens, or continue as members of diverse classes of varying levels of privilege? You know who
will get is hurt the most by inequality? That’s right, Millennials — young and vulnerable.
2) The same for equal protection of organizations
Should oil companies get tax breaks while medical device manufacturers pay a special surtax? Is there something especially sinful about making devices that save people’s lives? Let’s take two companies, both are losing money rapidly. Is it fair that one of those companies transfers its losses to the citizenry, while the other eats its losses and files for bankruptcy? If it’s wrong for the government to favor one religion or church over another, how can it possibly be fair for the government to favor one company over another?
First amendment protections of equal treatment for all religions/churches should be extended to companies and industries.
3) You should have a right to choose your own society
How would your employer treat you if (s)he knew you couldn’t quit? Would you still get a holiday bonus? What if a game designer knew that you were forced to play his game, would he go the extra mile to fix all of the bugs and make it engaging? Owning your own labor and liberty means that you decide who you will transfer your value to. A fundamental right of all people is the ability to opt out — of employment, of activities, of associations. The Founding Fathers wanted to concentrate power at the state level so that if you were not protected in a particular state, it was your good right to join another society that protected you better. Injustices at the federal level are especially egregious because we cannot opt out of them.
Among other things, we should re-enshrine the protections of Federalism that were included in the original Constitution. The 17th Amendment should be revoked and U.S. Senators should be elected by state legislatures. This would ensure that all bills passed were not prejudicial to state power and grant individuals, once again, the strong right to choose their own societies.
4) Every citizen should have a right to fight for justice
A peculiarity of our judicial system today is that an American Citizen’s right to sue the government is limited only to those citizens that can prove they are harmed by a particular law. To avoid such challenges, abusive laws are crafted so that it is very difficult for anyone to show that (s)he is harmed. Some laws start handing out benefits immediately, while delaying the costs so that the people harmed by a law must challenge it years after it is instated. We can never uphold equal protections if we rely only on victims to defend themselves and allow Congress to marginalize challengers. Among the privileges of U.S. Citizenship should be added the right to challenge any federal law irrespective of standing. If you see that some people or some groups are not equally protected, you should be able to sue until they are.
5) Protections against inter-generational transfers
Is it right for one generation to vote itself benefits and pass the costs to the young or unborn? Millennials will very soon realize that many IOU’s have been written in their names and when the bill comes things will get even more difficult for this up-and-coming generation. After freeing yourselves from the bills and debts of previous generations, you should protect future generations so that this injustice never happens again.
There are specific solutions for protecting against inter-generational transfers, but they’re a bit more difficult to explain.