The Heartland Institute’s Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, and Chris Talgo present episode 440 of the In The Tank Podcast. Debate is healthy. Conservatism is not a monolith of thought; disagreements are expected, especially on important topics. This week, we have gathers a few topics that should spark some debate amongst our panelists. These topics include: Millennials work ethic, the potential TikTok Ban, and the potential dangers posed by artificial intelligence. Join us as we discuss these issues and feel free to join in the conservation and voice your opinion.

PRIMARY TOPIC – DEBATE! Millennials, TikTok Ban, and AI Dangers


Millennial Work Ethic?


Yahoo – ‘We Busted Our Behinds’ — Boomer Whoopi Goldberg Bashes Millennial And Gen Z Work Ethics: ‘I’m Sorry, If You Only Want To Work 4 Hours, It’s Going To Be Harder For You To Get A House’


Fox Business – Gen Z attitude toward 9-to-5 job sparking debate about the difference in generational work ethics



TikTok Ban?


NYT – House Passes Bill to Force TikTok Sale From Chinese Owner or Ban the App

NPR – Why the House voted to ban TikTok and what could come next


The Hill – These Republicans voted against the Trump-opposed TikTok bill



A.I. Dangers?

Time – Exclusive: U.S. Must Move ‘Decisively’ to Avert ‘Extinction-Level’ Threat From AI, Government-Commissioned Report Says

CNN – AI could pose ‘extinction-level’ threat to humans and the US must intervene, State Dept.-commissioned report warns

Subscribe to In the Tank in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.

Published in: General

There is 1 comment.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. Internet's Hank Contributor
    Internet's Hank

    Three points re: millennial and Gen Z work ethic.

    1. Show a little empathy. Even if your eventual conclusion is going to be “suck it up, buttercup”, you should at least start by acknowledging the person’s feelings. It makes it a lot easier to persuade someone of a hard message.
    2. Her complaint about her commute isn’t unreasonable. An hour an fifteen minutes either way. Yes, y’all have probably lived like that, possibly still live like that, and many people have worse commutes. But stop for a moment and think about that; that’s ten percent of her day (counting sleep hours) that she’s burning on essentially wasted labor. There are a million places you could live and have a much more reasonable commute. If I were to offer this young lady advice I’d suggest she move to one of those places. But just because the entirety of New York City is insane, that doesn’t mean her complaints about her commute are invalid.
    3. Y’all who were hustling when you were young, y’all had something she doesn’t: a purpose. I could cite Nietzsche here, or rather Victor Frankl’s citation of Nietzsche, but I’m going to instead default to that opus of modern cinema: Clerks II. The guy had a dead end life working pointless jobs until the end where he bought the store. That transformed the pointless drudgery into something meaningful, even though the drudgery didn’t change. Slinging pizzas until your thirties is fine when you’re doing it as an unavoidable prerequisite to what you really want to do. If you don’t have that cause to hustle towards then the hustle is much, much harder.

    I don’t get the whole “blast my personal problems to the internet at large” culture. I do have worries about the lack of work ethic in the rising generations. But I do have more sympathy for their complaints. 

    • #1
Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.