I’ve had a few sociopolitical discussions with a few people lately who have complained about all the “people out there” in the world today who are addicted to fast food, video games, electronic gadgets, Facebook, etc. instead of working hard and contributing to society. Some have even suggested that the poor deserve their fates because these are the things they choose to do all day instead of achieving in their careers, and these people are basically leeches on society who get food stamps and welfare, etc.
I agree that there is a measure of personal responsibility that needs to happen on an individual level when it comes to choosing media and hobbies, but I have found that generally the people who complain about the choices of the “average Joe” never seem to hold the creators of fast food, video games, Facebook, etc. to the same standard. It is as if partaking of a product designed to be relatively cheap, addictive, and that contributes nothing to society is a failure of personal responsibility, but to design the same product (knowing that it is addictive and contributes little to society) is the result of keen business acumen and cleverness. This is just putting personal responsibility behind a corporate wall to protect it from all criticism.
It seems to me that holding up one group to an unusually high standard of individual responsibility, but not the other, is hypocritical. This is why I consider myself center-right rather than fully conservative.