There’s a significant cultural shift happening from preferring government solutions for societal problems to favoring private remedies.
Case in point: a recent video from comedy giant Cracked.com on Uber. In a surprising contrast with the opinions of much of its millennial audience, the video offers a blistering critique of the popular ride-sharing service, slamming everything from its lack of oversight in vehicular standards and driver competency to its dwindling compensation of drivers. However, through all this criticism, the conclusion reached is not one promoting the necessity for more meddling from the government. Instead, according to narrator Daniel O’Brien:
I’m not trying to stand in the way of progress. People want convenience, and these services are just convenient as sh*t. All I’m saying is that we, as consumers, need to stay sharp, now more than ever. That’s because history is bloated with examples of businesses and factories that practice shady, sh*tty behavior… At some point it was us, the consumers, who said “You know what, we’ll pay a little more if it means the goods are made by legal adults who get paid enough to eat.
He goes on to outline how, instead of a bloated government oversight committee, it’s our job as consumers to enforce quality and ethics in business by invoking Jurassic Park:
We have to be the ones to point at the dinosaur behind the fence and say “So you have more than just, uh, one guy working the dino security? What happens if the power goes out in a storm? What happens if literally anything, what’s your plan there? Anybody?”
It’s important to note that Cracked.com is anything but a niche, pro-liberty site. As of 2010 it was the largest comedy website in existence with more than 300 million views per month, and currently stands at a 713 global ranking from Alexa (rank 262 in the U.S.). That represents a major line of thinking that resonates among the millennial generation.
When searching for a significant shift in attitudes related to the role of government, it’s important to look beyond polling data and into pop culture. If opinions regarding consumer responsibility in taking the lead regulatory role for businesses and services displayed by Cracked.com are any indication, we’re headed for a free world in the near future.
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