The old saw, " but the trains ran on time " seems to fit here. We're not Italy in the 1930s, quite yet, but the governing power's urge for " order " and a static normalcy in civil life does seems to fit a certain profile. Also, the emphasis on respectful discourse among elites about " the others "real life and death issues, should make everyone pause. Reactionary policy and state power plays like criminalizing dissent, almost never turn out well. But, they're always the first go-to tool in the elite's old tool bag, unfortunately. " Better to repress than to address ", right?
Coming out of a fierce recession and into a stagnant economic malaise, for young and older workers alike, the repressed and the left outs' demands for equal treatment and fairness is necessarily understandable. They are being sacrificed on the altar of a renegade and rigged political economy. Run by, and for, elites almost exclusively. And, they know the windows of response, redress and reform are being slammed shut in their faces. What did the elites expect? That the majority of the citizenry would just assume the fetal position after genuflecting to the PTB.