by Warner Todd Huston
Recently Rolling Stone magazine published a story that urges the millennial generation to demand communism in America by eliminating private property, "guaranteeing" everyone a job and turning banks into state property. After finding some opposition on Twitter, the writer let loose some ideas that didn't make the cut of his article: "exterminate" the rich and take away their money and property.
After reading the article published on January 3, one thing we learn from former Occupy Wall Street organizer Jesse A. Myerson is that he thinks things are bad in America today. America is so bad--or, as he so eruditely puts it, America "blows"--that he thinks it is time to institute some of the worst communist tropes in the anti-capitalist's bag of tricks, all the same boring ideas that have been proven disastrous everywhere they've been tried for over 100 years.
Myerson's article, entitled "Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For," is a prime example of anti-Americanism. Every single idea in the thing runs counter to the American way of life. He calls for free jobs for everyone (paid for by government), the end of private property (so government can own it), and an end to the financial sector (so that government can run it).
His is an authoritarian's dream, everything run by *us* (meaning the government, not us), but nothing owned by anyone (just by the government). And it's because, as he prosaically says, everything "blows."
Myerson unloads several points all of which he gives a seal of approval saying, "sounds nice, doesn't it?" He does this several times as if he's trying as hard to convince himself as he is the reader.
For instance, while disparaging private property he says that "landlords blow" and notes that we all should, "stop letting rich people pretend they privately own what nature provided everyone."
One wonders what he thinks is "rich" since millions of Americans that make the average income own property. Are they the evil rich, too? Or is Myerson so urbanized that he can't imagine there being anything other than "landlords" that might own his apartment building?
While starting out his recommendations Myerson says we should provide a free job with a "living wage" for everyone--and claims it won't ever hurt the economy if we do--but then does a back flip and says that government should just give everyone a salary so they don't have to work. Because, you know, "work blows."
In any case, his piece really can be encapsulated in his two most oft repeated phrases: "America blows" and his ideas "sound nice." Other than that, not much historical reference, economic thought, or, well, reality enters into his piece.
More of article at link: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/01/04/Rolling-Stone-Writer-Who-Wants-American-Communism-Now-Says-Exterminate-the-Rich