yond the…, get a good job, buy a house, marry, procreate, accumulate wealth, and retire in self-sufficiency. It’s fairly common to say that that much of the anger and resentment felt by this group of twenty-to-thirty-somethings is because what was implicitly promised has been placed beyond their grasp by a volatile labor market in the throes of apparently permanent and traumatic change. The world they were promised, in short, is now impossible. The skills they have attained are useless. The goalposts never stop moving.
Hi Nick. Great piece thanks for writing it.
I agree completely the millennial backlash/frustration/resentment is a by product of how completely the game changed after the financial crisis.
I recently wrote that I believe that is the driving force behind the “FIRE” (Financial, independence, Retire Early) movement. Young people invested huge in their education expecting a great, stable job awaiting them and it didn’t happen.