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The youth’s lack of political thought

03 Jun

A negative trend has stuck its face at me; the younger generation [Canada, other nations if relatable] lacks opportunity to learn political thought, and thus many remain ignorant.

Yes, we had the measly course of social studies when we were young, and yes we took a half credit course in civics, but we did not discuss our framework’s key issues, other ideologies and political philosophies, and the changes that should be worked for, such as the ever increasing inability for individualism to live comfortably off a job. In the 70s many individuals working common sectors were able to live comfortably unlike in this day and age.

Studies in school is so based upon that of business and the sciences. They are seen as either good money makers or prestigious areas to go into. Thus, few study politics. The problem? We are social beings, and our societies are so advanced; not understanding how they work results in little dissent, a lack of change, and a population often blinded by its partisan values. People seem to not view these issues as structural, and rather latch their political crushes on parties that have continuously failed us.

This brings me to the question; how much does the older generation know, and will our future generation remain ignorant? For example, the American society is riddled with so many issues, but they are often blamed, by both Americans and Canadians, on individuals or groups as opposed to our system:
-the war on terror (military-industrial complex and imperialism not Obama vs. Bush)
-deficit (careless spending and a slip to fascism, not Democrats vs. republicans)
-economic inequality (you get it by now)

Boy, a few courses in political and economic ideology could have worked wonders.

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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Politics

 

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One response to “The youth’s lack of political thought

  1. Vidd

    June 5, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Seen by someone twice the age of yours, it’s fairly obvious: The political parties are there to derail your political thinking. This is not politics! They are not alternatives, but variations of the same. But as long as the party-politiical illusion is there, people will somehow believe it. In multitudes. So you must teach your fellow youngsters about the party-political illusion. Politics is really cool! Politics is really how we go about things. It’s universal. It’s all about how we want things to be. That’s neither republican nor democrat, neither tories nor labour.

     

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