I have been following all the uproar from the disappointed remainers in England who have been protesting, throwing tantrums and showing general discontent at a successful democratic process. What struck me as most absurd was the vocalised belief that the older people have stolen their future, and their needs have been overridden, despite the fact that a democratic process was followed. If they had won they would be jubilant and praising democracy for giving people a say etc – yawn.
But here is the rub that the moaning-youth are blissfully unaware of. The youthful activists and protesters who despise older people will one day be them. They will, in fact, become the very people they despise.
Let’s take a local example: Phill Goff. He started out as a long-haired anti-Vietnam War protester spitting at soldiers returning from Vietnam and riding his Norton motorcycle. Supporting all the right causes: Labour party member, socialist and anti-capitalist, socialist union organiser for the Insurance Workers’ Union and political studies lecturer at Victoria University.
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