Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The future is our property.

Stephen Schwartz wrote this in an essay on Hunter Thompson, The End of the Counter-Culture , in the Weekly Standard.
Doubtlessly, the most pathetic aspect of the '60s phenomenon was the absolute conviction of Thompson and those who encouraged him that "living in the moment" really did count more than anything else in the world, that history never existed and that the future was their property.
Some of us feel the same way now about Social Security reform. We're going to make our kids and immigrant workers pay for our senior "living in the moment". Their future labor is our property and we'll probably hike the FICA tax again as Congress did in the 1983 reforms to take a bigger chunk from them.

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