John Stossel on Millennial-Induced Moral Panics

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It's true that today's young people play violent video games, text all the time, are more tolerant toward marijuana, and have access to ample pornography. But the kids are okay, John Stossel argues. In fact it's older folks (such as perennial fearmonger Bill O'Reilly) that we should perhaps be worried about. Inevitably, the older generations misunderstand new ways young people do things and get frightened by the risks while remaining oblivious to the benefits. The danger is that the outrage and fear undermine perspective, says Stossel. It creates a false impression of how risky the present is, and it fuels unnecessary, freedom-killing regulations.