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Millennials Can No Longer Be Silent About Our Broken System


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Millennials Can No Longer Be Silent About Our Broken System

Yong Jung Cho, Waleed Shahid

It’s election season. One side promises incremental reforms without a plan for how they would get an agenda passed through a gridlocked Congress. The other side uses thinly-veiled racist language about immigrants to talk about plans to bring our country back to a fictionalized, lily-white version of our nation’s history. Too often, both parties put the demands of big money over the hopes of real people. Despite the campaign rhetoric and the noise of the 24-hour news cycle, most Americans will tell you that they think our political system is broken.


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Morality is about the future, not the past. Our society and the governments it develops are neither working for the future of its young (and middle age) citizens nor their home (the planet, the infrastructure, the institutions...). Moral bankruptcy pervades the culture, politics, and the decision making processes at just about every turn. Sickening.


#3

If, in fact, millennial, gays, people of color and single women will make up the majority of voters in 2016, they need to start their own party. Ten percent of the fifty percent that don't vote could, effectively, throw the bums out; and hopefully into solitary confinement for the remainder of their unnatural lives.


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For those interested in putting up any type of political resistance, I highly recommend learning more at:
https://www.popularresistance.org/


#9

this is mirroring the uprising of the youth in South Africa - in the last few weeks South African youth have decisively shown the powers that be that their patience has run out, that they can organise and have a different vision for their future. Here the tipping point was around tertiary education and enslavement to student debt.Very exciting to see that youth all over the world are full of courage and willing to speak truth to power and reshape this insane society where a tiny minority live in privilege and think human labour and natural resources are there for their further enrichment and exploitation. Viva!


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Title = "Millennials Can No Longer Be Silent About Our Broken System"

Yes, our system is broken. In more than one way.
¿ In what respects is it broken?
¿ What ideas are raised for what we should have instead? And what needs to change? Have we named the side-effects of our proposals, and thought of what needs to be done to cope with those side-effects?


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We've successfully been divided and subdivided by class and race -- and certainly, we've been conquered. Our ludicrous left now "wave the banner for the bourgeoisie" alone, while black racism fills the media. Americans really can't stand each other today. The rubbish about seeking a homogeneous, or "lily white," America was always a crock of crap. (I do get it: We are a simple people, and it is simple to stereotype all on the basis of the ugliest examples.) No question, as was true in the early 1970s, it is again trendy to bash all white people on the basis of race, but most people reject racism of all kinds.

I won't say much about immigrants, since my parents were immigrants. If there's a difference, it's that they focused on becoming American rather than expecting America to become like Russia (their native country).


#15

Well, if we actually wanted a serious discussion, we would need to begin by recognizing that the US is -- above all -- an economic entity. Now think about what we did: From FDR to Reagan, the US implemented a range of policies and programs that took the country to its height of wealth and productivity -- far from perfect, but better. With Reagan, we decided to do just the opposite, reversing the policies, ending the programs We embraced the same laissez-faire capitalism that had led to the Great Depression. Think about the results: When Reagan was first elected, launching the "new corporate state," the overall quality of life in the US was rated at #1. By the time Obama was elected, the US had already plunged to #43, and we can no longer adequately compete in the modern world market. And we have no plan to change course.


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But most of us have been though earlier movements and some of us are now too tired and too old to get out there and make a protest or a riot. It's the turn of the young people to fight the plutocrats and plunderers for the soul of their country.

It's been a long time coming, but I'm glad some younger people are leading the way. I hope they are not squelched, decimated, and destroyed by the Dominionists and their supporters.

Can't we older people just watch their backs and pitch in when and where we can, and not make this also a fight between generations?


#18

Right on!