Western Youth have prescience, energy and their parent’s money to fund their protests. But before you think this too cynical, it is often their voice that ends up prophetic, speaking into current social trends – trends that can be destructive. They may not have all the answers but they are asking some of the right questions. They think things can and should be changed. I like that.
Their voice is as yet unencumbered by some of the pragmatic realities of those who have to work, raise families and make reasonable compromises as regards their earlier idealism. But without their voice, their passions and angers, things are less likely to change. Most revolutionaries are, or at least were, young. It doesn’t always make them right but when they get it right it is well and right they did.
They are also reactionary but sometimes reaction corrects ‘out of kilter’ action. If we left everything to them there would be little left, but it we don’t listen to them there may be even less left.
Their current bout of protests is about something that matters – money, and we all know money matters. Capitalism is presently being eroded (I should say undermined) by those who are its benefactors. And the frightening alternative is a return to statist socialism that is apparently gaining some ground in the think tanks of the future – our universities. It is being suggested that Marxism collapsed more because of ‘application issues’ than the, utterly dehumanizing, nature of it.
What an absurdity! Human nature alone will always predict communism to collapse as it robs the vital and sustaining characteristics of hard work, ingenuity and productivity. Once that is suppressed all you have left are its poor cousins – corruption, elitist power, a bleak and grey existence and little to no food.
(A broken capitalism is better than a robust socialism, especially as practiced by the former USSR, North Korea and other failed or fading states.)
But, back to the streets and the steps. Even though they protest the capitalism that affords them education, liberty and free speech, their protest is not without merit. The stunning and unbridled greed of banks, governments and those who know better (should know better) virtually beggars belief. Any voice crying in the wilderness has been systematically shut down or ‘better’ still openly ridiculed by the experts who failed to see the writing on the wall ‘of weighed, weighed and found wanting.’
If the mistakes made were mere ineptitude these people should have been thrown out of their profession, which professes to know what it failed to acknowledge. If the massive, titanic, collapses were devised deliberately our courts, nay our jails, should be full.
These men have without care of implication ruined the future of millions of less adventurous souls, people who, naively as it turns out, believed banks and the financial institutions that cling remora like to them were safe places – as safe as shark infested reefs.
Mammon is alive and well, as much as a cancer is alive and well. It’s greedy tentacles wrap and strangle the life out of normal fiscal responsibility and profit, yes profit. Normal cells of ‘profit and risk’ have gone rampaging malignant, metastasizing thru the body corporate.
I suspect we will look back on this juncture in history ‘a gasp’ at the shameless audacity of people that kept on getting away with it, and, if you can believe it, rewarded. Still are!
And it must be remembered that legislation won’t do what only a change of attitude can produce. But I imagine that this is only the result of deep problematic recessions that knock the senselessness of the accumulation and the worship of money out of us. I hope not, naturally – for recession that is, I don’t like getting knocked around.
We demand that we have progressed beyond the primitives who lay prostrate at the feet of bizarre idols. But we haven’t. Grown men and women are still bowing to senseless, voiceless idols of our own making. Mammon has made a glittering come back, and we are at its mercy, which is a great pity as it is merciless.