Forced solidarity - a clash of generations

On the Internet, in the media and on the Young Front TODAY, the topic "where the hatred of young people for the old ones" began to be discussed. Let's take a look at it too - it's not that hard.

You too will be in solidarity!
You too will be in solidarity!

Some say that young people do not respect the old ones because of their old age talk little. That's possible, why not. Others say that the right is to blame (it is before the election, so you can throw the price of bread on everyone), because provokes and provokes a generational war. after all the young are mostly right-wingers!

Let's approach this election game and look at it from the other side - why the left is to blame for this "intergenerational problem".

One can speak of human society, solidarity with the sick or elderly, morals and manifestations of human compassion only in the context of free human will. Only a person who, of his own free will (and not out of coercion) helps another person whom fate does not want, can be considered virtuous; only a person who can behave immorally but does not behave in this way can be considered moral.

- Rothbard

CSSD he has with his program, among other things, that he wants to deepen ongoing social systems. So the obvious contradiction against all possible proposals for pension reform is an absolute defiance of demographic development. All this is under the pretext of "solidarity".

In practice, this means that the younger generation will automatically show solidarity with the older generation, who will pay pensions and much more. On the one hand, one says to oneself - why not? The older generations built schools that the younger graduated from. They built highways that the young people drive on. At first sight, a system of ongoing funding - such as pensions - seems justified.

However, we encounter several problems:

Let's start with a completely technical problem - the ratio of old people to young people. There are fewer and fewer young people, more and more old people. Science, healthcare and a changing lifestyle are to blame. Continuous systems are unsustainable at this time as they are set up. Deepening them would mean that young people would transfer more and more money to the ongoing system for the "old ones". Of course, young people may not like this - something else is the possibility to help someone, something else is the need to help someone. When it comes to the "need" to take money somewhere, it is no longer about solidarity, but the norm. It is no longer a matter of helping someone, but it is a matter of paying a tax to the state. From a young person's point of view, money that a person could invest should be valued will actually be wasted.

Deepening the ongoing systems only gives younger people the impression that the old ones are "leeches" taking their money.

But you can say why do they perceive it that way? After all, the old ones built them the highways, the roads, you… Yes, the "old" once built them highways, roads, schools and more, but the old ones also got paid for it in their time. They did their job, they got paid for that job, so this objection is irrelevant and justified in the minds of younger people. After all, they are already transferring the "old" money to the pay-as-you-go system, paying them pensions, benefits, and the old ones have been paid for their work. So why more solidarity?

Not everyone is naturally in solidarity, solidarity cannot be learned. However, I dare say that if there were no system of pay-as-you-go pensions, or if its role in financing the lives of older people were less important, young people's behavior would be diametrically opposed. People could naturally be in solidarity, no one would force them to show more solidarity than people are capable of. And at least everyone could handle decency at that moment, after all it's more of a communication problem.


We have Peter here, who is 20 years old. He has a high school diploma, is studying at university and works for it. In the country where he lives, he is only continuous system pension financing. Petr knows very well that he pays an old-age pension from his income to the elderly.

Petr gets on the tram. An elderly lady shoved him as he boarded, "Stay away," Grandma said. Petra was outraged - it's enough to ask politely! But he didn't deal with it anymore. However, Adam also gets on the tram - and he spoke. "Well, ma'am, all you have to do is ask politely, or wait and get on like everyone else, no," Adam said. "Yeah, but you young people would sit there for me, and then I wouldn't have a place to sit there, old lady."

What happened?

The situation of the grandmother is as follows - the young people do not respect her, no one speaks kindly to her and the pension is poor, and it is not possible to make a living from it. I mean, I'd be upset in her place, too. What's worse, Grandma - thanks to television - knows that her pension is somehow paid for by young people. And that they don't want to do it anymore, but then what will he live on? Wouldn't you be mad at the young ones?

And what about Peter and Adam? They know that they pay this grandmother's pension from their salaries. I mean - are they doing her such a favor and she still dares to be so rude? Such a cheeky granny…

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