Friday, May 04, 2012
The Quebec Students and the Angry Canadians
At first glance they are two very different stories. Quebec students stripping down to their underwear, and then meeting with the government.
Hoping that they can also make the Education Minister an offer she can't refuse.
And the British criminal Conrad Black cavorting on the grounds of his massive mansion, after being released from the Big House.
But both are really part of the same story. The battle of the 99% to overcome the tyranny of the corrupt 1% who are trying to turn our society into a capitalist jungle. And the coming together of the worldwide Occupy Movement and Quebec's Printemps érable or Maple Spring.
Who would have thought that the Quebec branch of this worldwide mobilization, with 300,000 people in the streets, would have become the most stupendous of all? Quebecers in the streets are united, with the world marching. Everyone knows something is profoundly wrong – with the economy, with the environment, with the political system, corrupted with cash.
Which is attracting attention all over the world.
And making a lot of older Canadians really angry.
For 40 years, older people have lamented self-absorbed, apolitical youth. Now that so many have taken their ideas to the streets, many of those same observers are outraged, calling them spoiled, pointing to their iPads and Starbucks coffees as evidence.
Even in a grim, aging country where so many seem to get their kicks beating up on the young, I've never seen such a gnashing of teeth, or such a media hate-on.
Even though young Canadians are struggling to survive. Their unemployment rate is twice the national average. Many of them are already drowning in debt. Many of them will never be able to afford a home like their parents did. Most of them will have no permanent jobs, benefits or pensions. And all of them have been forced to look on helplessly as Big Oil and the Harper gang torch their future.
So do these angry old Canadians REALLY think that young people are just going to roll over, as so many others have in Harper's foul Canada?
I don't think so eh? Nobody wants this.
But the lesson is really simple. We must change the world. So we WILL change it.
I believe in a world where young and old help each other.
But the violence in Victoriaville is also part of the same old story.
Or there will be justice.
Or there will be trouble...
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