March 26, 2019

Millennials and the Free Market

“Right now, countless politicians, scholars, activists, and writers on the right and left are waging a battle for the hearts and minds of American millennials. They often use highbrow language more commonly heard in an economics class than a Twitter feed in a desperate bid to convince my generation that they’re right, and the “other team” is wrong.

So far, it could be argued the only Millennials that politicos on either side of the socioeconomic divide have been able to reach are the ones that are already convinced of their respective positions. They’ve only reached those people that already share their worldview, and are simply looking for clever-sounding zingers with which to bludgeon their political opponents.

But, without even trying, Canadian YouTuber Lewis “Lew” Hilsenteger is educating Millennials on the virtues of the free market whether they know it or not. Subliminal proselytizing? More realistically he wins with honesty.

On his channel, Unbox Therapy, Hilsenteger reviews a stunning array of consumer products. Whether it’s the latest $1,000 smartphone or a $10 gadget that opens a beer bottle and turns the cap into a projectile, he’s seen it, used it, and abused it to reveal all its strengths and flaws to potential buyers. “

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