Jason, I'm not sure what specific argument you're making here, because it seems you've made conflicting arguments at different times -- is modern technology the reason Millennials aren't buying houses and meeting other milestones (e.g. "They could buy a house, if they didn't piss their money away on smartphones and Netflix subscriptions"), or is it merely the reason they shouldn't complain about not meeting these milestones (e.g. "Too bad they can't afford a house, but at least they have Netflix and smartphones, so they shouldn't complain about being worse off than their parents and grandparents?")
You've never heard me say anything about Netflix and smartphones.
You haven't specifically mentioned Netflix, no, but in the past you have been very quick to claim that "Access to modern technology" trumps any complaints about previous generations having it better -- don't say you're worse off than our parents, when you have the Internet and they did not.
What i've said is they can afford homes in some zip codes but not others, that they are less willing to take risks and take on the general suck of building a resume in a job that is not their dream job,
Yes, the mythical (or possibly hyperbolic) "steak and blow jobs" gigs you claim they all demand. But you seem unwilling to consider that perhaps they're "less willing" to take risks because the risks are greater -- the risk of working a shitty job and thus living in a shitty apartment isn't as great as the risk of not being able to afford an apartment at all, even if you land a not-shitty job. Again, you're refusing to consider that maybe, just maybe
, something about today's landscape genuinely is more difficult to navigate than the landscapes of days past, and I don't know why you're so extremely reluctant to consider this. Remember: saying "something about our system might need tweaking" is not
synonymous with "Fuck capitalism; let's go full Sanders if not full Commie and turn into Venezuela."
I've also said that they are prone to marching in the streets for tax dollar transfers.
On this I will agree with you, though I disagree about the root cause: you seem to think it's because "Everything's fine but these folks are spoiled and want free goodies without having to pay for them," whereas I think it's because "Things are not fine compared to previous generations, and while I agree with their idea of the problem I do not agree with their proposed solution." (For example, I'll agree with them that housing costs are too damned high, but I prefer the solution "Build more housing, via ending the snob zoning and NIMBY laws which prevent this," as opposed to "Well, let's just increase housing subsidies or whatever." I agree with them that higher education is too damned expensive, but I'd say the way to fix this is to dismantle certain legal and regulatory things which MAKE education so expensive, rather than keep the legal/reg framework as is, and have the government shell out more tax dollars to cover inflated costs. Etc.)
Speaking for educated people not the unskilled: On the income side you have to go to the places and careers where there is market demand and I don't care what you thought you'd be doing.
Except that the places where the jobs are also tend to be the places where the housing costs are even higher. It's not enough to simply "have a job," you also need a job with a wage high enough to cover your living costs. (Not to mention, higher average educational debt makes one's cost of living even higher than it would be if one were at least debt-free.)
On the consumption side, they are way better off than their parents in terms of stuff they have access to at low price points, but you don't think that matters at all so there's no reason to talk about it.
I'm not saying "This stuff doesn't matter," merely "This doesn't matter as much
as you think/pretend it does." It genuinely is great that TVs and microwave ovens can be had so cheaply compared to what past generations had to pay for such things (assuming they could have them at all), and it's awesome that the internet exists as it did not when I was a kid, but that alone isn't enough to compensate for other losses -- "Sucks that I can't afford a house, and sucks that my student debt is so high, but at least I have the Internet!"
"Myself, despite what they say about libertarians, I think we're actually allowed to pursue options beyond futility or sucking the dicks of the powerful." -- Eric the .5b