By: Sébastien Jean
Published on: April 10, 2015
Original French text here: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/actualites-en-societe/437086/fuck-toute
A generation of spoiled brats, as the saying goes. A generation saddled with debt that will probably not have a pension, will retire at 74, have a 50-year mortgage, life-long precarious employment, a slowly privatising healthcare system and a environment ravaged by their parents’ heedlessness. Its offspring, if it dares to have any, will have only the schooling they can access, if the system hasn’t self-destructed under pressure. All-out cuts, endless hikes.
When this generation marches to denounce what’s going on, it gets pounded. “Stay home and study”, it is told. People applaud the police, who are trained to rough it up while the complicit media complacently demonises it. This generation is only questioned in order to be mocked. The very government doling out austerity awards itself retirement packages and excellent salaries while the very rats accused of collusion are free as a bird.
This generation is seeing the previous generation retracting all the social gains from which they benefited in order to settle a debt that they created themselves by adopting incompetent means dictated by an elite that survives unscathed. This generation also knows that it can no longer speak of gains… Whereas the rest of society is resigned to how things are and looks down from above as though none of this touches them, this generation wants a better world for everyone. It goes on strike and is threatened with the denial of this 700 year-old right. Rather, it is offered the alternative to take part in a broken democracy that bestows absolute power to a party elected by a minority.
And we wonder why it doesn’t vote. We wonder why it wants to break everything… Somewhere, this generation has a banner written: “Fuck it all!”
We don’t get it. We so think this generation of spoiled brats is stupid.
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