I'm an old geezer now but have noticed how few young people in North America still buy into 20th century thinking. They've been raised and educated on an awareness of global dynamics and the real terror of ecological overshoot, so then they question the fundamental premises and assumptions of economic growth, civilization's impacts on planetary systems, and how military empires operate in the dark, even more than we did when we were young.
Then along came 9/11 and an intelligence network that pretended to be caught completely unprepared and unawares. The clown in the White House put on an embarrassing performance that still got too much applause. Scepticism about "the official story" and went off the scale, and because of the obvious fabrication of lies and cover-ups by the Bush administration and it's secretive intelligence agencies, trust in how government deals with the truth has completely disappeared.
Young people know this whole overblown panopticon surveillance state is pretty much based on a fabricated mythology that has dominated western culture since 9/11, wrapped up in patriotic flag-waving, the posturing of people in black suits, the end-game rush for dwindling resources, and a persistent if ignorant American exceptionalism.
Throw in the most blatant intergenerational inequities ever seen as the global economic ponzi scheme also enters the end game, and we have a lot of angry youth that question all authority. So if you don't buy into the myths of progress, you wont tolerate the means to perpetuate it. And if you don't like the direction things are going in your society, you are probably going to try and change course, in whatever little way you can.
The whistleblowing has barely begun.
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