|Posted: 13 November 2011 at 5:34pm | IP Logged | 6
"Knut did you grow up poor ?"
Nope. My dad didn't have much growing up after the war, but that's another matter. But I am not claiming for myself the right to go "kids today have it easy".
I'm just saying that when people talk about military service or "having it easy" there's implicit in that a suggestion that the speaker went through military service, the speaker "had it hard". The argument as it is used in this context can only derive its authority from personal experience.
It is possible to simply discuss the statistics and say "the average child today has more advantages and opportunities and fewer obstacles and obligations than the average child 20 years ago". Or say "there are many aspects of military service that can be character building and beneficial to young people." And that's fine. One doesn't need to have had a certain experience with an issue in order to discuss it.
But once it gets emotional and one talks about normative behavior "you should behave like this" or "you don't know how easy your life is" then personal experience does come into it.
Bottom line: Miller telling OWS kids in accusatory tones to enlist is just him being a hypocrite. He never served, he doesn't get to take that tone and tell others to. And of the pundits on Fox news saying virtually the same thing, how many actually served?
We may not have had x-boxes and such growing up, and money was sometimes tight, but we were never poor. I'm in no position to say "ooh, you have it too easy, now". Because quite frankly kids today have a world my generation and generations before that were trying very hard to bring about. As a kid, I dreamt about some day getting something as cool as an X-box. (Although personally I stopped playing computer games when my Commodore 64 broke down.)
I didn't dream about an Ipad because quite frankly even sci-fi didn't dream of an Ipad at the time.
In the end, I'm really not as concerned with all the little failings of various members of the OWS movement as I am with what they're trying to achieve. Which appears to be for Wall Street and big business to be held accountable and to carry a larger portion of the burden. And for various reforms to improve government services (not to just spend more money, but to improve the quality of services provided)