Last night, a commenter took some time out of his/her day in order to bring some attention to a few things on Socialism: An Explanation. As the editor-in-chief and overall founder of this website/blog, I would like to make an official apology because this commenter did bring up many good points, especially the fact that as people aspiring to make a difference in the world, we need to consider counterclaims and other stances, just as many of us learned to do in Theory of Knowledge. Our fact-checking definitely could improve - in fact, in will. Our articles from this point forward will go through three different checks rather than just one before they are posted if they have to do with political issues.
But I do want to say a few things. People are 100% entitled to their own opinions. With The Millennial Times, I want to be able to bring that to light. Like Mandy Mellinger said in a reply to this original comment, someone can post about liberalism and why they are leftist - and then, the next day, we could certainly have someone post about why they're a conservative and why they don't want certain aspects of this country changing. Every person is unique, with their own thoughts - especially the millennial generation. My first post was about me choosing to wear the hijab, Bryce's first post was about the HRC endorsing Hillary Clinton, Amy's first post was about her therapy. None of us are the same, and one of us do not represent us all, just like in the real world. Our posts have and will continue to differ on a very wide range of topics because that's the whole point, that's our aim. On our About page, we specifically say, "We aim for The Millennial Times to be a place where the younger generation can get their thoughts and opinions out, and be fueled by social media and all of the technology at our hands."
We are trying to achieve a point where we consider everyone's opinions - not that everyone is wrong simply because they don't agree with us. I personally don't agree with two of the posts that are live on this website, but you don't see me going out of my way to prove every single point wrong just to make a point. This commenter may say socialism does not work in the United States, and because we are not Scandinavia or equipped to be Scandinavia - we can't consider it. Well, my opinion is that in does in fact work in any country, it can work in any country, and we should at least try to make it work in this country. Democracy doesn't fit our lifestyles anymore, especially because essentially, corruption has been made legal in our governmental system through all the money, laundering, and loopholes. It doesn't just work in Europe, it works in South America as well. For example, Chile and Brazil are the top socialistic countries in that continent; in no way, shape, or form are they rich as the Western European countries, or even close to it - yet, socialism works for them and their people. Chile, especially, is happy. They fit well in the global economy, their environment is improving, and so are their standards of living. If a tiny, skinny little country can do it, why can't the United States of America?
See, that was my opinion. I'm not discounting your opinion, or your comments. I'm simply stating mine. I ask that if one tries to call leftists out on hypocrisy, one does not in turn make hypocritical comments. That sort of defeats the purpose, no? Try not to make generalizations about the entire millennial generation. I sincerely beg to differ with the term "useless" to describe us all, my evidence being every single blog post on the website, and the way we handled the comments left with maturity, intelligence, and grace. I for one am so incredibly proud to know every single one of these contributors and/or editors, and I'm proud to have been born in this generation. If I had to rename the website, I'd still choose to name it after it us. And that's a fact. Continuing to treat us as little children who do not understand anything and never will is certainly not going to help neither you nor I - it's high time the world learns to accept us as the next leaders.
With that all being said, I'd like to thank this commenter for bringing to light many, many good points and things we as a staff will consider from now on. We continue to welcome comments and suggestions such as these (with maybe a little less harshness and superiority), because no one is perfect and we love to hear feedback. If you yourself have an opinion that you feel strongly about, even if you're a conservative, feel absolutely free to send your blog post to firstname.lastname@example.org. Absolutely anyone is welcome to express themselves. We are your canvas.
Once again, I apologize, and I also thank all of you for your continued support.