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The shame is that is not what it used to be. Studebaker, for example, paid their workers more than union wage and let family members hold jobs for soldiers sent over seas. American Maize gave great benefits, though I remember my father saying, “I got lucky. I was hired by a family friendly company. It was getting bad when I was working.”
People worked their whole lives. They retired, the business schools started teaching all this free marketeer stuff where selfishness, ala’ some of the more extreme Libertarian concepts, is “good.”… that it’s all about profit and nothing else.
WWII taught people to have each other’s back, to be supportive. But the true “it’s all about me generation” wasn’t specifically the baby boomers: more the mad rush rightward where they mouth “personal responsibility” while coxing on those who bomb clinics, kill people at a UU Church in Knoxville or slit a cabbie’s throat in NYC. Many of these people were the worst of the radical Left in the 60s, but they’ve just become righties, and some gave the middle finger to Buckley’s intellectualism in favor of Roveian/Atwater inspired tactics where personally responsibility is always for the other guy who disagrees with you.
It’s all part of the same crowd, in a sense: sociopaths.