Millennial comrades, are you sick of being bashed by the media for being ‘lazy ‘snowflakes,’ while also facing shite jobs, a ridiculous housing market and being the first generation to be worse off than their parents in decades?
I urge you to organise yourselves and work together to fight the neoliberal chains set upon us by Thatcher and the Tories in the 80s.
Facebook pages like “Sassy socialist memes” have become very popular, and with it they bring socialists ideas that contradict the current status quo.
While engaging with socialist ideas through memes on social media platforms, why not take real action and join a workers union, or better yet, start your own.
At the core of neoliberalism, is the idea that society is a group of individuals, and as Thatcher said “there is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families”.
This ideology makes it easy for big businesses to take advantage of the ‘labour market’ (people), because it prevents any unity in society. This is evident in trade and work unions, who have low membership rates, particularly amongst young people.
Over one third of young Irish people are employed in precarious work, according to a Red C poll conducted by the National Youth Council of ireland.
“Precarious employment has numerous negative effects on the well-being of workers and that of their families”, according to ‘Insecure & Uncertain’; Precarious Work in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland’ a study carried out by the trade unions of Ireland.
You don’t need to go as far as looking at studies to confirm this. In your circle of friends, there are probably one or two that hate their job and find it difficult, or impossible to balance work and study.
The best way to fight this is through collective bargaining and joining together to fight as one for better working condition and better work.
Neoliberalism is conducive to a profit-driven economy, because it views society as an economy with surpluses and deficits, rather than a society with actual people.
The Irish people fell victim to British neoliberalism before. During the years 1845 – 1852, when the British chose to export Irish crops for profit, instead of letting the Irish have them when the potato failed, which was the only food available to a lot of the poor Irish. They only saw markets and profits and not the masses of starving Irish.
Britain is now seeing the consequences of long-term neoliberalism – the collapse of the Carillion and the failing Private Financing Initiative, the Grenfell tower disaster and the failing NHS.
The British youth have reacted to this by voting for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour in the largest youth vote to hit the voting booth in years. Corbyn offers up good opposition to neoliberalism, with his preference to make infrastructure publicly owned as opposed to private and his slogan ‘for the many, not the few’.
Ireland saw the power of the youth vote in the marriage equality referendum, and if we organise ourselves we can slap the head off neoliberalism and develop a society for people not economies.