The road to hell is certainly paved with good intentions — just ask a millennial. Ours is, after all, the demographic that is being hit the hardest by decades of social programs and discretionary fiscal and monetary policies that, no matter how well intentioned, are ultimately harmful. It should come as no surprise that those of us between the ages of 18 and 35 will likely not achieve the same financial success as our parents and grandparents — at least not as easily as they did. It will take most of us a longer time to graduate from college, get our first job, and buy our own home. We’ll pay into the current system, but we won’t get much of a return.

As Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer, of Atlas Network partner the Manhattan Institute, masterfully note in their new book Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young, “the old gain and the young pay.” The book is by no means an attack on any one politician or political party, however, and that’s an effective approach. Through objective research and candid interviews of real millennials, the authors are able to lead their readers to understand that many of the key problems faced by millennials are caused by policies enacted by federal, state, and local governments.  

Read more about the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and the book here.