Leak against the machine

Young people are threatened by some of the structural systems that define society today. They are flawed, unchangeable, and viewed as an obstacle to a fruitful future. Baby Boomers would be wise to tone down the lecturing and instead be part of the solution.

It’s easy to be dismissive of Occupy, WikiLeaks, the NSA files, etc. The characters playing out these episodes have been accused of being immature, unaware of what they’re doing, unorganized, vain, etc. #

“Big Brother is not the only danger facing the country. Another is the rising tide of distrust, the corrosive spread of cynicism, the fraying of the social fabric and the rise of people who are so individualistic in their outlook that they have no real understanding of how to knit others together and look after the common good.” #

Similarly, Thomas Friedman suggested that we ought to be more thankful that the government is as forgiving as it is already: #

“If there were another 9/11, I fear that 99 percent of Americans would tell their members of Congress: “Do whatever you need to do to, privacy be damned, just make sure this does not happen again.” That is what I fear most.” #

These people argue that the price of being an American means trusting the powers we’ve elected and those we’ve employed to protect us. Fair enough. Their incentive to protect the status quo is both professional and personal. They’ve worked hard to shape the systems we live with today. #

“Americans are generally good at denying al-Qaeda the pleasure of terrorizing us into submission. Our cities are bustling; our subways are packed every rush hour; there doesn’t seem to be an empty seat on any flight I’m ever on. But as a collective, irrational cowardice is getting the better of our polity. Terrorism isn’t something we’re ceding liberty to fight because the threat is especially dire compared to other dangers of the modern world. All sorts of things kill us in far greater numbers.” #

The arguments for protecting the American people from terror attacks can’t and shouldn’t be ignored. #