In fact, we might say that Millennials are the leading edge canaries inside the mine located at the intersection between the evisceration of the middle class and the now-failing, consumer-driven economics of perpetual growth on this finite planet.
Katarina, one of my millennial podmates, has just sent me this piece, a very interesting and provocative analysis of the Millennial generation and their intersection with national economic policy and 20th century social and generational history. That they are “the new poor” is unarguable. That we must create the conditions under which they, and other impoverished people, need to survive in a blinkered environment increasingly hostile to their value as anything but consumers is obvious. Just as obvious, to anyone who pays attention, is the necessity for them to thrive in order for all of us to thrive. I do pay attention, and even so, this article helped me learn more. Thank you, Laura Jean Moore.
Update, 1/8/15, and see this: