Herald on Sunday editorial: Millennials are less self-centred than generation s that had it good – NZ herald

Herald on Sunday editorial: Millennials are less self-centred than generation s that had it good – NZ herald

It is hard to know why millennials are described as “Generation Me”. It is particularly hard to understand for baby boomers, who have been called the selfish generation with some justice, as were their parents, the wartime generation.

The wartime generation were lifelong beneficiaries of the welfare state, largely founded by Social Security Act 1938, and even after the country changed direction in 1984 the wartime generation, by then in or approaching retirement, fought to preserve universal superannuation.

Baby boomers, meanwhile, were raised on family benefits and had largely received a tertiary education before the Government reformed the economy, means-testing family benefits and setting fees that forced students to take out loans.

By NZ herald

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