More than anything else, I think this “Occupy Wall Street” circus sideshow is having the opposite effect of what its organizers intended. People, normal people with jobs and lives, look at this dog and pony show and see a bunch of overeducated, spoiled, intentionally unemployed perpetual adolescents so divorced from reality that they genuinely think someone other than Barack Obama and his policies are responsible for this pathetic economy.Loved the post title, by the way.
To add to our reading pleasure, The Venerable Bede, our friend from across the sea, has hit upon the same subject, commenting on the questionable value our society places upon the youth culture:
"Of course, to the political classes the greatest thing about the young's uncorrupted integrity is how easy it is to corrupt. No voice sounds more ringingly the tones of fierce independence than the one that has been told exactly what to say by someone else. The manipulation of youth movements is one of the most instant giveaway signifiers of Fascism, that is to say of political systems that seek to divide and conquer through the hypnosis of sloganeering, hatemongering and the rigid control of public expression.They are both well worth the full read.
The extreme malleability of youth, coupled with its outward show of brash individualism, makes for a uniquely useful tool in the hands of the disreputable, which when allied to the popular trends within the youth culture itself is rendered almost unstoppable."