What Americans Think Of Rolling Stone’s 5 Reforms
|January 15, 2014||Posted by Staff under Good Press|
This 2014 excerpt of the Huffington Post, Jan 13, is by Emily Swanson.
A Rolling Stone rundown of “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For” roiled the Internet last week, sparking a multi-layered debate about the policies being proposed and the wisdom of proposing them at all. If the results of a new HuffPost/YouGov poll are any guide, rallying support won’t be easy.
While Americans were more likely than not to support guaranteeing a job for everyone, relatively few said they supported using an expanded Social Security program to guarantee a minimum income to every American. Fifty-four percent of all adults polled opposed the idea, compared to 35 percent overall who said they supported it. Among people under 30, 44 percent of respondents opposed the idea, while 40 percent supported it.
“All other taxes could be replaced by an assets tax on land ownership and financial wealth.” That idea was opposed by a 45 percent to 25 percent margin overall, and by a 36 percent to 22 percent margin among respondents under 30. Forty-two percent of those under 30 and 30 percent of respondents overall said they weren’t sure whether they supported the idea.
Ed. Notes: Rolling Stone’s 5 Reforms hit a nerve, showing once again humans are inherently conservative; “better the devil they know.” Plus, they’re influenced by their normalcy bias. And third, new ideas have to be explained but to win they have to be felt. Check out books like What’s the Matter With Kansas, which examined why people vote against their own self-interest. So it’s a real uphill battle for new ideas. How does something like women winning suffrage (they couldn’t vote) or protecting the whales (they can’t vote) or separation of church and state (the religious voted on it) ever win? How society does change is a science and probably someone somewhere has an answer. Would they please speak up?