Here. Read this. It’s an LA Times article.
(And when/if that link goes bad, I’ve mirrored it here.)
Should I bother saying that Mike Males kicks all kinds of ass, or is that a given?
I’d so love to get a hold of one of his or other pro-youth books out there. I could use the youth rights ammo! I could use the caulk to patch holes in my arguments.
But, well, getting back to the matter at hand, let’s have a look at the aforementioned article.
You know, that article was really making me dislike people in their 40s and 50s! Yes, I realize that’s exactly the kind of age-based generalizations youth rights supporters are trying to eliminate, but really I hear all this stuff about the so-called Baby Boomers and just think “It’s all their fault!” It’s all their fault, but no one gives a shit.
Our society is perpetually fed the notion that young people are the bad guys. Young people are the criminals. Young people are destroying the world. Young people are irresponsible, violent, lazy, and incompetent. Young people think they know everything and are out to destroy themselves and everyone else. Young people are fat and have health problems. Young people this. Young people that. We have to protect them. We have to be tough with them. They’re being led down a moral sewer. We have to hide “bad” things from them. We have to make them remember they are still children.
Enough, I say!
Damn, man! It only takes about half an hour or so of watching any news program to see this. Don’t even get me started on a myriad of other media that do the same basic thing. I’ll save that for another time.
But, aside from the scapegoating, the interesting thing is that what’s being blamed on youth are not predominantly youth-related problems. Guess what! It’s the middle-aged folks themselves who have all the weight problems, the drug problems, the alcohol problems, etc. I mean, these things get a mention here and there, but nobody’s making it out to be some kind of social disease like they are when youth have these issues.
I mean, the Boomers may have done cool shit like the civil rights movements in the 1960s and all. Lots of good music from that time period, I must say! A commonly overlooked fact is a lot of them never stopped the drugs they were on and continue use to this day. Drugs are not a youth problem! Youth are just focused on because they are youth and therefore the people that need to be babied all the time apparently.
So, yeah, while I realize a generational war kind of deal is counter productive, and is kind of already being fought in many areas anyway, they’re fucking over their descendants! They are hypocrites who peg their children with their own problems. Their self-indulgence is just making the younger generations poorer and poorer. And, sure enough, that is somehow the younger generations’ fault!
Yeah, I know, I’m all over the place with this, and so much more could be construed with this article, but I’m tired and bitter right now. Read the article and think for yourself, dummy. 😛