Occupy protestors are saying they have a “right” to be in Zucotti Park.  Zucotti is a privately owned park.  Now, normally that means occupancy is left determinant to the owners and operators of that private property.  However, citizens of New York have a pretty different view of “private property” than the rest of the country does.  They just do, it’s all about perspective.  Now, I’m certainly preaching to the choir here as I think I know my listener base pretty well.  We all generally understand that the occupy movement is made up largely of young people who believe there is no upward mobility in society. They are anti-capitalist, (or at least anti-what they think is capitalism).

It’s partly our fault, this occupy movement. For years, parents, government schools, (they are NOT public schools. That is a tragic manner in which to label them) and government school teachers have been praising the value and ‘no-buts-about’ it philosophy that an education at a government university is key to future success.  So here you have these millions of students all across the countries with degrees in English, bitterness studies, sports management, and other specializations within the field of basket weaving and they can’t get a job in the real world.  Imagine that.  A business doesn’t want someone with 0 critical thinking skills, 0 valuable tools to run their business or deal with their customers. It really is hard to believe that someone who can paint a horse on canvas and recite the Iliad can’t get a job running a restaurant or driving a forklift.  (Which, by the way, is a very good paying job usually with benefits and hardly any training required.)

What it boils down to is this: society is driven by that which it values most.  Eating at restaurants, buying electronics, leisure, work, etc. People, by the very nature of their self-interest buy goods and services that they find useful and valuable. People who succeed economically provide a good or service that other people want. Whoever it is that can produce that most efficiently (cheapest) is the winner. By providing the best good at the cheapest price you win the economic game and people willingly reward you for that with their demand for your good or service.  Here’s a quick blurb and I may be stating the obvious:

People want air conditioning.  (I’m avoiding the word NEED on purpose)

People want to eat out sometimes

People want to buy groceries

People want to buy GPS units and Tablet computers

People want to buy Televisions

People want to buy cars, car parts, wheels, and tires.

People want to buy window tint, car stereos, and they will often times pay people to install all of those things because they would rather work at what they’re good at and exchange their labor via money for someone elses labor.

What is money?  That’s a topic for another time, but simply money is a medium of exchange with which people –ideally– voluntarily exchange their labor with a commonly accepted representation of their labor for someone else’s labor or product.

People want to ship things to their customers. That is a service that people demand with their money. Now, there is a limited demand and a limited supply. So people need to realize that there is a fundamental level of economic science that is also involved here. And I can tell you right now that the government is not doing a good job preparing today’s young people for the real world. Why? Because I’m one of those young people who has been through a public school system and a public university. I had to teach myself how to balance my checkbook, teach myself how to cook, I had to teach myself how to change the oil and brake pads on my car or learn from a savvy uncle.  I had to learn on my own that the stock market is the go to source for retirement success if you have a clue as to how retirement really works if you start at a young age by putting away a small amount of your income starting at a young age.

Young people today are not taught the values of hard work, savings, or being “conservative” for lack of a better word.  I don’t mean it in the political sense, but in the material sense.  There are so many things parents are failing to impress upon their children over the years and it’s because we let the government raise our children through the school system.  We ship our kids off for 40-60 hours per week to get an “education” and play sports with hardly any parent involvement required. Why is it the government’s responsibility to educate children? Much less have a monopoly on it?  We spend more than any country in the world on public education and we get the worst results from it.  It’s so bad, in fact, that bad high school education is dragging bachelor’s degrees down because they have to re-teach kids their first two years in college so they can actually pass their major courses.  A master’s degree is becoming the new bachelor’s degree because of market intervention, easy money, etc.  We’ve made school easier and “more affordable” for far too many people because of the social stigma of not having a college education. We have effectively devalued hard work by telling everyone they can go to college on a scholarship or get student loans and get a comfy desk job the rest of their lives.

 

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