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With No Future Visible, Young Activists Have Few Options But to "Occupy Wall Street"

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Is it really surprising that young protesters on Wall Street and around the world would like to have a word with the financial magnates who stole their future?

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AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 3:58 am
Economic and social alienation of the young and upcoming is one of the principle flaws of capitalism andof an educational system which is self-serving and has become just another form of business with little regard to quality or the future for its customers.

As the article states:

"Perhaps, it's not surprising. It's becoming increasingly obvious that the real priority of those running the world for the last few decades has not been creating a viable form of capitalism, but rather, convincing us all that the current form of capitalism is the only conceivable economic system, so its flaws are irrelevant"

Please support those whose dreams are being sacrificed on the altar of indifference and greed.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:32 am
Corporate greed is destroying the future of the young but also destroying the planet that the young call home. There will be no future for anyone if this does not end.

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 8:43 am
Taxpayer money bailed out the corporations and Wall Street and the greed and non ethics continue. The only apparent way to change this is through ethical investing, protesting, selective shopping and civil disobedience.

. (0)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 8:53 am
Noted Cal. . .with thanks. . .

Jim V (10)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 9:15 am
I am far from religious - but last night, while trying to meditate before mandoline class, I got an overwhelming sensation that the end of something big was nigh. Not a comfortable end either. I pray to ...something...that I am wrong.

lee e (114)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 9:42 am
It's truly inspiring to see the protestors with younger faces, awakened frrom the lethargy of a decade that was spearheaded by Nam protestors who are still out there making clamourous displays against all of these corporate fascista moves of this age''! I've always maintained that if we old folk could inspire the future generation - we've done our job!!! I'm elated! Thanks for the article (even though I subscribe to "Alter Net"! Good job!

Elizabeth P (99)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 11:18 am
I would have liked to see more protesters there for the cause, I really dont see the young people of today really making a voice for them selfs.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 12:57 pm
Noted, with trepidation! Thanks Cal!
Good Luck and My thoughts go out to those occupying Wall Street and any other street!

Samuel Kellett (0)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 1:10 pm
Thanks Cal:) I Wish I Could Be With Them In Person!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 2:11 pm
Thanks Cal! Noted!

pam M (98)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 3:27 pm
Kudos Craig Pittman . . the only way to stem the hemorrhaging of greed and power from large corporate entities is to stop the flow with selective spending. As long as the consumer continues to take it up the tail pipe and feed these cancerous sores money nothing will change. We first have to learn to do without or use something of lesser value before we can show these suited thugs that we mean business. Protests, public outcry and grabbing them in their wallets are the only way to let these insects know we mean business.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 4:21 pm
Thanks Cal. Noted.

Judy C (97)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 5:48 pm
Reminds me of the Bob Dylan lyric, "Something is happening here and you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?"

Ariel P (48)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:05 pm
It is great to see the protest on Wall Street still going after two weeks. I hope young people realize that they are told they must go to college, where they'll end up owing student loans for 100 grand and more, only to graduate and either not find work or find work at $8 an hour.

Power To The People!!

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:20 pm
The young have every reason to protest and to target Wall Street for protest - and I'm glad they're doing it -; so do the rest of us. I think one reason there may be fewer protestors - young and older - than is warranted, as Elizabeth suggests, is that too many of the protestors there now have given the rest of us no clear reason to show up.

Witness the reaction of Ginia Bellafante in the New York Times:

"The groupís lack of cohesion and its apparent wish to pantomime progressivism rather than practice it knowledgably is unsettling in the face of the challenges so many of its generation face . . . . "

I gather that Ms. Bellafante wanted to be supportive, but she ended up sounding snarky and superficial. Still, after hearing one of the protestors gently interviewed on NPR this morning, I can understand her reaction. The protestor, to my way of thinking, offered absolutely nothing to encourage the unemployed, underemployed, homeless, the poor, the financially squeezed working and/or middle class, union members, or even the purposeful Keystone Pipeline and SEIU protestors to make common cause with Occupy Wall Street. In the interview, she even attacked some of the groups responsible for launching the protest, specifically,
Adbusters and Anonymous, for having produced demands or something resembling a program. Most of the protestors (the Real Protestors, one could almost hear her thinking) don't have such things, she said, "but we have a process."

Sorry, but that's not enough for older people with families and jobs or job hunting to deal with, and not even enough for young people with the same or classes or other real world obligations. Occupy Wall Street has the right outrage and, if it doesn't squander it through endless "process," the right energy. It has the right target. Now it even has the media's attention. I just hope it doesn't blow it by having nothing to say to the ordinary Americans without whom nothing resembling a revolution or even real reform can happen.

On the other hand, maybe SEIU or Bill McKibben or you or I should haul our old butts over to Wall Street, too - but with definable purpose, not just "process."

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 7:30 pm
from what I saw of the Fox video of the protests saying "things got out of hand" uh, I saw the cops spraying the two women, people being hauled off. "Out of hand" PULEEZ !!!! Out of hand is cars on fire, people being shot, stores robbed, cop cars overturned. Doesn't Fox wish they had some violence (on the part of the young people) so those old f=rs could say" oooh! hippies! oooh pot smokers and rebels" .
to that I say ho-hum, I am soooo bored with the stereotypes they dredge up whenever there is a protest. Wait= I take it back, how about howling anti abortion protesters? hmmm funny, ya just never see any of THAT crowd looking ridiculous. Anyone thinking out of the box of course is a threat to the status quo. Makes everyone sitting on the sofa in Dubuque feel smug and safe. (my family was from Dubuque.)

Monica D (580)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 8:23 pm
A generation ago, young people could leave school at 15 and get decent jobs. I think that is fair, and I do not like to see the young being exploited as they seem to be today.

Monica D (580)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 8:26 pm
I think that ther world most likely needs a more environmentally sustainable economic system. I like many of the ideas being advocated by CASSE at .

reft h (66)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 11:01 pm
The rich have gotten richer during this time of economic turmoil, while jobs have disappeared and people's futures look bleak, dreams become more and more unattainable. I'm not surprised that some are protesting on Wall Street, but what I am surprised about is that there are not more people protesting.

Jen Debeer (2)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 2:19 am
Noted thanks.

Valerie H (21)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 8:08 am
the elite as they like to call themselves will soon be dimmed by the karma they are accumulating by mocking the masses. what goes around comes around a very real law of the universe.

Andrea Connelly (94)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 12:37 pm
It is not just the young, it is their parents, relatives, friends of all ages who must fight on behalf of and along side the young. After all they will face this ecological mess because of our lack of action on their behalf. Let us face it,
we could have done better!!! And we could still do!

Andrea Connelly (94)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 12:39 pm
I should have said, ecological AND financial mess, that we allowed to have happen.

. (0)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 1:33 pm
No other way to show disapproval. The money they stole is never coming back.....

Alicia N (87)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 2:44 pm
I am sad that many people are struggling , in the other hand happy that they are speaking up.

Speak up Speak up ........... the more the merrier!
Signed the petition to generate jobs.

We need jobs, green jobs, jobs that won't hurt the wildlife, jobs that won't hurt our planet!
Also, good luck to all those people.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 11:48 pm
That the protesters were arrested, whilst the real criminals - the bankers - were left undisturbed, is ironic in the extreme.

KS Goh (0)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 1:22 am
Thanks for the article.
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