One of the youngest-ever columnists for the Village Voice, Kamenetz rejects the blame and negative stigma which has branded her generation of twentysomethings. Contrary to popular stereotypes, the reason kids are moving back in with their parents, can't land career-path jobs, and take longer to graduate from college and settle down isn't just a widespread generational laziness or some other pervasive psychological flaw. The reason, Kamenetz argues, is overwhelmingly economic.
Well, Anya, in a flat world charity begins at home. At least some in your generation has house-owning parents to sponge off. Think what it will be like when your parents die and you are living in a Dumpster, and your own kids try to move in with you. We have to get used to the downside of the ownership society: Many must suffer. The upside is that some get fabulously rich. Have you considered marrying a billionaire? Basically, you are a loser and a whiner. You are broke because you deserve to be broke. Ask Joel Schwartz, Adjunct Senior Fellow at Hudson. He has written a book about it. Here's to you and all the other debt slaves from the Bradley Foundation! Tough love, Sweetie. Get used to it. You will be a better person once you start blaming yourself rather than looking for root causes.