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How Government Created the Myth of Adolescence and the Terrible Consequences | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on December 4, 2017

From My own experience and what I see around me I agree with the basic premise.

Why are teens so angsty and rebellious? Because they are biologically adults, being treated like children.

Tom Woods hosted Dr. Robert Epstein on his podcast to discuss this problem. Epstein wrote a book called Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence. In it, he makes the case that the government, the pharmaceutical industry, and purveyors of “teen culture” have created a myth about post-pubescent young adults.

Many people believe the psychological and social problems associated with American youths is a natural part of the teenage years. Epstein explains that the root of the issue is treating people who are physiologically young adults as children.

It started with Jane Addams creating a culture that prolonged childhood. The government went on to require public education which grouped youths with peers their age. At a time when teenagers should be learning from more mature and intelligent adults, they are instead exposed to an echo chamber of immature peers

“Immature”… think of Hollywood, movies, television, media.

Be seeing you


I am not a number. I am a free man!-Number 6

One Response to “How Government Created the Myth of Adolescence and the Terrible Consequences | The Daily Bell”

  1. larryzb said

    Yes, we do prolong adolescence in the US. (We opined about this a couple of times on our blog some time back.)

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