Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance

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http://www.alternet.org/story/151850/8_reasons_young_americans_don%27t_fight_back%3A_how_the_us_crushed_youth_resistance

For those of you in the U.S., do you feel this is how you grew up? For those not in the U.S., how was/is it different for you?

How do we change these aspects on a large scale?

I think much of the revolution should come through the educational system, but that also requires a revolution of the educational system itself. What do you think?

December 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

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Profile photo of cadeus cadeus (@cadeus333) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@arenofnote, Thanks for sharing, awesome article.

I’ve been saying something similar for a long time but let’s give credit where it’s due. Not all young people are compliant non-thinking sheep. Just look at the Ron Paul movement, much of the movement was comprised of 20 somethings. Regardless of his victory, the effect of the movement was pretty huge and It got people asking a lot of important questions. Of course if you ask the mainstream media about it they’d say “Ron who?” but that alone says a lot about the issues he was bringing up. When was the last time the media completely ignored and minimized a legitimate presidential candidate? Never. The RNC changed their own rules to keep him from speaking for god sakes.

Sorry, I did not mean to go on a Ron Paul rant but I think it is a valid example. There are a lot of very intelligent and active young people out there who want to see a real change and are refusing to vote for a different side of the same coin.

Again, great article. Thank you for sharing :)

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@arenofnote, I feel this in a sense. I really wish school wasn’t compulsory, because I feel that the majority of my education (with a few notable exceptions), both college and pre-college, was largely worthless. It didn’t teach me how to be intelligent, but rather, how to parrot back facts.

As far as revolution goes, I think it has to come on a personal scale. And nonviolently, of course. One, because the corporatocracy has all the big guns. And two, because violence only alienates the very people that revolutionaries need to appeal to for any real change to take place. But yes, it has to be on a personal level. People have to learn how to be the change they want to see, and realize that the system of dependency is the real problem here.

What can we do about it? Perhaps this:

http://www.alternet.org/5-ways-beat-plutocrats?page=0%2C0

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Profile photo of cadeus cadeus (@cadeus333) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@theskafish, Sounds like a plan!

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