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8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance.

"Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.

Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked Americans “Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?” Among 18- to 34-years-olds, 76 percent of them said no. Yet despite their lack of confidence in the availability of Social Security for them, few have demanded it be shored up by more fairly payroll-taxing the wealthy; most appear resigned to having more money deducted from their paychecks for Social Security, even though they don’t believe it will be around to benefit them.

The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance.

http://www.alternet.org/story/151850/



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Grateful

at least that there isn't more demand for payroll-taxing since IMO, all taxation is unethical and should be abolished

Nah

I think if you wanted to collectivise everyone under a certain age in the US - distracted might be as close as you can get to a one word summary.

Plenty in the newer generations know its f'ed up - but they're too busy into their own lives and friends. And maybe don't know how to make a difference, so they don't try much ..

Until you try and directly tell them what to do or directly take their stuff.

When that happens on a mass scale, they're gonna speak up and fight back.

When asked what is apathy, most students replied...

"I don't know and I don't care."

Defeat the panda-industrial complex

I am dusk icon. anagram me.

every older generation . . .

... found fault in every younger generation

Since the dawn of time :)

they were wrong every time

I disagree with this post

When I was campaigning for Ron Paul, most of the people who showed up to meetings were young people. When I attended speeches given by Ron Paul, most of the people who showed up were young people. Young people seem to be FAR more libertarian than the older generations. Most of the people putting together YouTube videos challenging the police state are young people. I know that a lot of them were very disenfranchised with the voter fraud that occurred against Dr. Paul during the Republican primaries. That's probably why you don't see many young people showing up to GOP meetings. But most of them have a better idea of whats going on than the older generations, in my opinion.

Come to think of it.

All the people holding us back since are usually older...

We did. Now you dont survive

We did. Now you dont survive too long if you're good at that

Great Article

Wish we had a modern day Paul Revere that were capable of GETTING PEOPLE ACTIVE at least in resisting the authority of the federal govt. Ron is the closest thing we have to that.

But I think the majority of the population IS VERY SUBDUED and passified by many of the topics listed in the article, and these people are "way beyond hope."

We want these people to get off their butts and protest, to resist! But we may not realize that THESE PEOPLE HAVE HAD THEIR LEGS REMOVED LONG AGO and are more handicapped than we or they could know!

We...

must be Paul Revere.

Repetition of message!!! We must all make posters/flyers, pro freedom art and put them everywhere. We must use gorilla marketing!!! We don't need money... we need to be everywhere.

If you build it they will follow.

It really depends on what you

It really depends on what you consider resistance.
I have a large group of friends and many of them have joined me in the act of simple non-compliance. I would say half of my friends have joined me in not paying federal income tax, and refusal to sign up for obamacare.

Non-compliance is the only realistic way to win this fight against the government. I mean what is easier to accomplish, infiltrating an illegitimate construct of control which presupposes moral authority over your life, which by their actions shows that they assume they own you OR simply do nothing that they say, withdraw your consent, and actually be free for once in your life?

The choice is yours, if you choose to work within the system to affect change then good for you and I applaud your effort. Many of us will continue to resist this tyranny from outside of the system.

Comfort is the reason. Young

Comfort is the reason.

Young people tend to either live with their parents, or to be living comfortably on student loans these days. People don't wake up and get mad generally until the food stops showing up at the grocery store, or the state has made their lives hard.

I wouldn't worry, the anger and troubles are coming.

Also, don't blame young people. Young people are the backbone of the liberty movement. Our choice to turn off the TV and play video games & surf the web instead is the reason humanity is waking up.

Broader categories, perhaps, but also

consumerism, cheap and over-plentiful luxuries, and a mass media-pushed youth-centric "culture" which trains youngsters to be self-important and self-obsessed and removes any notion of either the necessity of self-sacrifice for anything altruistic or virtuous or the proper respect for older and wiser individuals (This, BTW, causes older people to feel irrelevant, too, which adds still greater injury and insult to society.).

And age compression / the sexualization of younger and younger people. Oh, and nihilistic sarcasm (a la "whatever, dude") becoming not just a fashionable mode of communication but also a way of life / world view.

Can't forget sh*tty food and all of the health issues (obesity, early onset diabetes, etc.) that it causes in children (ie: HF corn syrup, preservatives, etc. = exhaustion / lack of motivation, slowed brain function, etc.).

What would the Founders do?

metalhed19's picture

Have to really agree with

Have to really agree with your last paragraph. If you guys/gals are interested in good food, read Joel Salatin's books. Highly trustworthy guy.

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

Totally!

I read Omnivore's Dilemma by Mike Pollan, and he interviewed Salatin and devoted much of a chapter (or more? Can't recall now.) to his work.

I love the concept of being a "grass farmer"! Can't wait to do it myself....

What would the Founders do?

im in Canada and i feel the

im in Canada and i feel the same way. There will be no Pension Plan when i am old. Its a pyramid scheme that relies on the need of a bigger younger population to support the older population, only now the younger population is smaller than the older population causing a reversal of the pyramid scheme and the inevitable collapse of it.

Broadcasting from the globalist occupied country formerly known as Canada

My favorite saying that describes modern youth culture:

"Your special, just like everybody else."

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Yeah, tell me about it. "We

Yeah, tell me about it. "We are all special in our own ways"

Thank you--

I hadn't seen it the first time--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Michael Nystrom's picture

I believe this has been posted before

But it is worthy of a bump.

He's the man.