Alyssa Ahlgren: My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us!


Dawn Trodglen:

What a great perspective and well worth the read …..

This article was written by a 26 yr old college student by the name of Alyssa Ahlgren, who’s in grad school for her MBA.

“My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us! I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis (Florida) trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of presidential candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around.

I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s and ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me; we live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous Nation and we’ve become completely blind to it.

Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought.

We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty One Times!!!

Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful?

Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of Socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America came of age and never saw American prosperity.”

Never saw American prosperity?? Let that sink in.

When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided.

My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I disagree.

Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country!

People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity and, as a result, we elect some politicians who are dead set on taking steps towards abolishing Capitalism!!

Why? The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity. We have no contrast! We didn’t live in the great depression or live through two World Wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War and we didn’t see the rise and fall of Socialism and Communism.

We don’t know what it’s like to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones.

We don’t have a prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague.”

2 thoughts on “Alyssa Ahlgren: My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us!

  1. Susan Oh

    Well here is white privilege in action. While this rich privileged white girl sits at Starbucks drinking her lattes and placing one-click Amazon orders, millions of working poor are trying to decide if they should pay for rent or buy groceries. Her so-called capitalism is really socialism for the rich, where We the People pay for vaccine research or sports stadiums with our tax dollars, and the rich companies and sports franchises reap all the benefits and then charge us outrageous prices for the vaccine that WE funded, or the tickets to games in the stadiums that WE built. The minimum wage hasn’t been raised in 10 years, which probably won’t matter to Miss Entitled White Girl, because she has a college degree that Mommy and Daddy paid for, so no student debt hanging over her head for years. And her cushy job will pay her well, with full benefits, such as medical, dental and vision insurance, a company match retirement plan, paid holidays and vacation time, while many of her generation are stuck in service industry jobs that pay so little they qualify for food stamps, housing assistance, and Medicaid. One of their dreams is to finally be scheduled for 40 hours a week so they qualify for medical benefits. And now, in the time of the Pandemic, when 50% of the workforce is laid off, and people who did have company health insurance are losing it, they are being told by Princess Nepotiva to “Find Something New”. And none of this is a problem for Miss White Privilege because she can work from home. So missy, I’m so glad the American Dream is working for you, but take your blinders off and look at what life is like for many many other people in this country. Nobody needs to be schooled by you.

    • Isn’t it great you live in a country where you have the right to your own opinions and can say whatever you want even if it is not true?!!! You use the words “entitled” to describe this writer then go on to assume she’s always had a free ride. You have no clue of all she has gone through, all the sacrifices and hardships and disappointments and losses she has endured and overcome to achieve her goals. But you are “entitled” in our free system to make up any story you want and rage all you want about a made up person who simply expressed gratitude for so many things our capitalistic system of government allows everybody the freedom to pursue. She was absolutely right to compare the standard of living our country’s poor enjoy compared to the poverty of the rest of the world. This is because there is hope to rise above and, with a dream and determination, achieve a better life you can make for yourself. Where governments take all your earnings in taxes and do not allow for individuality and competition the people have no hope for a better life. That is why so many people from these controlling and oppressive nations are risking everything to come here. This is not a perfect country but it offers options and systems to enable the poorest hope to dream.

      My mother-in-law came to this country dirt poor from Germany. They lived, mom, dad, 3 kids in a house owned by a grape farmer in Fresno and all worked hard to harvest and dry the grapes to make raisins. When my mother-in-law, Anna was 4 her mom died. When she was 8 her dad died and the 3 kids were left with the oldest in charge to care for them. The farmer let them stay if they would continue to work the land. This farmer provided jobs, shelter, a hope for their future. We can rail against companies as faceless entities but it is the small and large business that give people the possibility for a future and a hope.

      We the people are not perfect and never will be this side of Heaven but there is a recognition in our Constitution and laws that we ALL have God given rights and are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and laws are in place to ensure them. The picture of Justice is a lady with a blindfold holding a balance scale depicting impartiality. Justice can only be achieved when everyone is equally valued and their rights protected. That means there is a healthy recognition of boundaries. It’s not ok to break down your neighbor’s fence, burn and pillage his property and threaten his life and the lives of all he holds dear because you want things to change. It’s not ok to poop on the sidewalk and shoot up drugs until you have no coherent thought in the center of town. It’s not ok to release every pervert and felon from prison then tell the police to stand down and cut their pay and resources. It’s not ok to live behind tall walls with your own security guards then make it unlawful for citizens who pay taxes to defend themselves and their properties from assault and invasion.

      Thank you for your comments. You are “entitled” to your own opinions and with continued dialog hopefully we can all grow and be willing to change.

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