me, age 15: I think we should provide basic necessities to people
my dad: you'll become more conservative when you're an adult
me, legally an adult:
"if i ever get all the money i've earned
the boss will be broke and to work he must turn!"
-- "Haywire" Mack McClintock, Hallelujah I'm A Bum
@jacethechicken my mom told me that too. she was wroooooong
why do adults/parents keep saying that? is there some kind of boomer meme about it that's been handed down somehow despite being demonstrably untrue?
"You'll become more conservative when you'll grow old"
"A bit older."
"No, not at this age too, older"
"Not thit too"
@jacethechicken I used to be a centrist shit lib when I was in high school and now I'm a DSA member so lmao at that bullshit expression
@dankwraith @jacethechicken I'm friends with a libertarian and over the last few years even he's been like college loans are bullshit they should be covered and laughing at politicians that don't believe in climate change or those that fight against vaccinations so idk what he is now but he is not more conservative.
@jacethechicken i once saw someone say about this concept smthn to the effect of "people don't actually get more conservative as they get older, they get more conservative as they get richer. and because of end stage capitalism there is no longer a correlation between age and capital gain" and honestly that take made me finally understand a lot of middle/upper class boomer behavior
@jacethechicken conservative philosophies are largely very contradictory and involve a lot of denying reality. it makes sense that intelligent, previously liberal people would turn to right wing politics as they gain capital, because that's an easier alternative than either a) giving up said capital, or b) acknowledging the awful ethical and environmental consequences of rich american living
@jacethechicken the use of intelligent here is not great :/ i think maybe educated (specifically about world affairs, science, ethics) is more what i meant
@BestGirlGrace @jacethechicken the fact that, historically, leftist organizers get jailed (plus just outright killed) and radical leftists in general are deplatformed and made the targets of propaganda has gotta also have a major effect. like there are plenty of old leftists, they've just been systemically silenced
@jacethechicken Same. You can't really say "I'm all right Jack, keep your hands off my stack" if you can't build up a stack to begin with. 🤷♂️
@jacethechicken one of my bosses used to say that to me in canada, then he moved to USA and now he's a rabid socialist
I'm well past technically an adult and I've only gone left over time
@jacethechicken okay, it may be my age-ism, but 19, while legally adult, is not an age when you should look back at your whole life and reflect on changing views :-)
@jacethechicken that said, I was squarely on the political right in my late teens and early twenties, but by forties I'm on the left, somewhere around social democracy. (It's not aggressive, though. I wouldn't burn the rich, for example, as I'm one.)
Me, age 34: Take everything that was stolen from us! Worker's rights!
I'd say that as I've become older, I've perhaps become more conservative.
Me as a teen: revolution now, overthrow capitalism, murder everyone complicit.
Me as a mellow, conservative thirty-something: revolution now, overthrow capitalism, maybe don't commit a zillion murders. Just the necessary ones.
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