Young, Smart and No Future

ItalyCollege graduates in the United States might think it’s tough to land a decent job — and they’re right — but it’s a whole lot harder in Italy and other southern European countries, as Rachel Donadio reports for the New York Times:

LECCE, Italy — Francesca Esposito, 29 and exquisitely educated, helped win millions of euros in false disability and other lawsuits for her employer, a major Italian state agency. But one day last fall she quit, fed up with how surreal and ultimately sad it is to be young in Italy today.

It galled her that even with her competence and fluency in five languages, it was nearly impossible to land a paying job. Working as an unpaid trainee lawyer was bad enough, she thought, but doing it at Italy’s social security administration seemed too much. She not only worked for free on behalf of the nation’s elderly, who have generally crowded out the young for jobs, but her efforts there did not even apply to her own pension.

“It was absurd,” said Ms. Esposito, a strong-willed woman with a healthy sense of outrage.

The outrage of the young has erupted, sometimes violently, on the streets of Greece and Italy in recent weeks, as students and more radical anarchists protest not only specific austerity measures in flattened economies but a rising reality in Southern Europe: People like Ms. Esposito feel increasingly shut out of their own futures. Experts warn of volatility in state finances and the broader society as the most highly educated generation in the history of the Mediterranean hits one of its worst job markets.

Politicians are slowly beginning to take notice. Italy’s president, Giorgio Napolitano, devoted his year-end message on Friday to “the pervasive malaise among young people,” weeks after protests against budget cuts to the university system brought the issue to the fore.

Giuliano Amato, an economist and former Italian prime minister, was even more blunt. “By now, only a few people refuse to understand that youth protests aren’t a protest against the university reform, but against a general situation in which the older generations have eaten the future of the younger ones,” he recently told Corriere della Sera, Italy’s largest newspaper…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • Hadrian999

    with such a pool of available, talented, and disillusioned people they should be able to make their mark.

  • Hadrian999

    with such a pool of available, talented, and disillusioned people they should be able to make their mark.

  • Alturn

    The challenge is that the generation now coming of age came to build a different world along more sane and sustainable lines. Like the youth of the ’60s, they need to bring their ideas forward in any peaceful manner possible and show their commitment to invest in the new. Otherwise it will be a devastating game of musical chairs not only for them, but all humanity.

    “Time is short indeed for the reconstruction of our world along lines more befitting man’s true role and purpose. My task is to show you the way, outline the possibilities only, for by man himself must the New World be forged.
    There are many today who admit the necessity for change, but still resist it. There are many today who see the crumbling of the old and outworn world of the past, but cling to the old forms. But there is a new voice being heard among the nations: the voice of Truth, which contains the hope, the promise, of the New Time. This voice will increasingly make its impress on the minds of men, for it is the voice of God, speaking through men.”
    – Messages from Maitreya the Christ

  • Alturn

    The challenge is that the generation now coming of age came to build a different world along more sane and sustainable lines. Like the youth of the ’60s, they need to bring their ideas forward in any peaceful manner possible and show their commitment to invest in the new. Otherwise it will be a devastating game of musical chairs not only for them, but all humanity.

    “Time is short indeed for the reconstruction of our world along lines more befitting man’s true role and purpose. My task is to show you the way, outline the possibilities only, for by man himself must the New World be forged.
    There are many today who admit the necessity for change, but still resist it. There are many today who see the crumbling of the old and outworn world of the past, but cling to the old forms. But there is a new voice being heard among the nations: the voice of Truth, which contains the hope, the promise, of the New Time. This voice will increasingly make its impress on the minds of men, for it is the voice of God, speaking through men.”
    – Messages from Maitreya the Christ

    • Alex

      Peaceful ways don’t work when you’re fighting organised crime.

      • Alturn

        How you create things matter. It creates Karma that can persist for years. As Ghandi demonstrated, non violent protest creates the best results.

        “In Maitreya’s view, “Where the people’s voice is not heard, there will be revolution”. This is not prediction, but an instance of the law of cause and effect. Where there is suppression, repression, this force will collide against a growing awareness in the people. . . “Awareness alone is more powerful than nuclear bombs, more powerful than anything else in the universe. Awareness is even ‘beyond light’ and is growing fast now”.”
        – Maitreya through an associate as released to the media by Share International

        • razzlebathbone

          I’d love to see a nonviolent end to the Masters of the Universe as much as anyone, but Gandhi and King didn’t actually cause the changes credited to them. It was the riots that followed state violence against Gandhi and King that did it.

          The rulers of this world have a vested interest in propping up the myth that nonviolence can remove them from power. They know that as long as they are not opposed with violence, they will never be unseated.

          I don’t want to believe these things, but reality cares nothing for my sensibilities.

          • Hadrian999

            i can’t see two assassination victims as proof of pacifism working

    • 5by5

      “Maitreya the Christ”?

      Wow, congrats on offending both Christians AND Buddhists.

      How did you manage to get a quote from a dead guy, and a dude who hasn’t been born yet? That’s talent, my friend.

      • Alturn

        There are plenty of people who have met Maitreya – in the media and in politics. Nelson Mandela talked about meeting Him on Oprah. Mikael Gorbachev has said he met Him. Both King Hussein of Jordan and Yassar Arafat worked with him. Numerous journalists have had direct experience of Maitreya yet, because of fear, sit on their hands.

        The clues – from the media being told in December 2008 that a ‘star’ like the one before the birth of Jesus would shine in the sky – and it has been seen and videoed by both the media and regular people around the world. From numerous predictions being given to the media about events that would happen, including the end of Apartheid and the fall of the Berlin Wall, which subsequently happened. From those who have seen Maitreya on TV (27 times He has been interviewed since December 2009). The challenge, as Maitreya could put it, is conditioning. We are programmed to think one way and when something outside of that reality is presented to us, we reject it. That is why the Lords of Materialism – the forces of darkness – have been able to successfully work through their agents in government, the military and corporations and maintain control of the debate up until now. That bubble, however, will burst. And the Kalki Avatar, Buddha, Iman Mahdi, Messiah, Christ or any other title that you wish to reference for the head of the current head of the Spiritual Hierarchy / Masters of Wisdom will be seen. The conditions have been met and the time is now.

    • Tuna Ghost

      It’s tempting to equate the Maitreya with Christ, but there far more differences than there are similarities.

  • Alex

    Peaceful ways don’t work when you’re fighting organised crime.

  • 5by5

    “Maitreya the Christ”?

    Wow, congrats on offending both Christians AND Buddhists.

    How did you manage to get a quote from a dead guy, and a dude who hasn’t been born yet? That’s talent, my friend.

  • 5by5

    The ironic part of this story is that her prospects (because she could find a job anywhere in the European Union, not just Italy) are better than a similarly educated American.

  • 5by5

    The ironic part of this story is that her prospects (because she could find a job anywhere in the European Union, not just Italy) are better than a similarly educated American.

    • CinemaParadiso

      Is that true with being a lawyer? I imagine country law in the EU is like state law in the US? Frankly, I think the problem is people are just living too long and not retiring at a proper age. Senior citizen survivor, let them fight for their meds :)

  • Tuna Ghost

    It’s tempting to equate the Maitreya with Christ, but there far more differences than there are similarities.

  • NaTaS

    Do you think it’s time your readers, crack each others heads open and “Feast” on the Goo that lays inside?

  • NaTaS

    Do you think it’s time your readers, crack each others heads open and “Feast” on the Goo that lays inside?

  • Anonymous

    There seem only 2 roads to Ro(a)me these days, one seems to be Corporate Fascism, in which they alomost have, the other is a libertarian Anarchy.. I would recommand the latter. Fellini would approved on that ;p

  • gondolfin

    There seem only 2 roads to Ro(a)me these days, one seems to be Corporate Fascism, in which they alomost have, the other is a libertarian Anarchy.. I would recommand the latter. Fellini would approved on that ;p

    • Hadrian999

      libertarian anarchy would lead to corporate feudalism, sadly

      • gondolfin

        Co-operativism, means u and others share all profits and share the same work and goal.. can’t think of anything less feudal and less corporative.. .

        • Hadrian999

          in anarchy there would nothing to check the powers of the strong, why cooperate with you when they can run right over you. co-operatism only works if a. people are universally ethical or b. there is some power that can enforce fair play. before long you would see feudalism in the form we had in the american west in the style of cattle barons and the railroad tycoons. people with advantages would consolidate their power woth others like them and the rest would be surfs.

          • StZed

            Well a vital component of anarchism is a strong and fair education as well as the spirit of mutual aide. Your arguement is a complete strawman because centralised gov’t is showing itself to be more and more fascist in this globalised world. As well there are literally 10k years of history demonstrating non hierarchical forms of govt. Two specific examples include the Onaida of Upper Canada, and the Waorani of ecuador. Although there are literally hundreds and thousands of indigenous and tribal groups that are structured in a non-authortarian communalist way. There are MANY other examples as well- you should research celtic anarchism, daoism, and essenes. Most early christian groups were communalist as well- as were many of the later gnostics. Quakers and Mennonites are a good contemporary example. Anarchism works and would work particularly in regards to the connectedness of the world via the internet. Open Source Democracy.

          • StZed

            I also should have mentioned that anarchism rejects capitalism,wage slavery, forced coersion, corporatism, and resource exploitation. It also vitally includes a deep ecology and environmentalist view. People in an anarchist society would not be profiting from either the earth or each other. No one would be “stronger” than someone else.

          • Hadrian999

            i would like to have faith that people would work together but it has not been my experience,
            unless we revert to an agrarian society there will always be people who control resources either through
            control of the source of resources, transportation, sale or refining, these people can use this to amass personal followers and private armies like we saw in the form of cattle barons or mine owners hiring mercenaries like pinkertons or their modern counterpart PMCs in an anarchy there would no force able to stop the powerful, not that modern government does this either but I can’t see anarchy leading to anything but feudalism

  • Alturn

    There are plenty of people who have met Maitreya – in the media and in politics. Nelson Mandela talked about meeting Him on Oprah. Mikael Gorbachev has said he met Him. Both King Hussein of Jordan and Yassar Arafat worked with him. Numerous journalists have had direct experience of Maitreya yet, because of fear, sit on their hands.

    The clues – from the media being told in December 2008 that a ‘star’ like the one before the birth of Jesus would shine in the sky – and it has been seen and videoed by both the media and regular people around the world. From numerous predictions being given to the media about events that would happen, including the end of Apartheid and the fall of the Berlin Wall, which subsequently happened. From those who have seen Maitreya on TV (27 times He has been interviewed since December 2009). The challenge, as Maitreya could put it, is conditioning. We are programmed to think one way and when something outside of that reality is presented to us, we reject it. That is why the Lords of Materialism – the forces of darkness – have been able to successfully work through their agents in government, the military and corporations and maintain control of the debate up until now. That bubble, however, will burst. And the Kalki Avatar, Buddha, Iman Mahdi, Messiah, Christ or any other title that you wish to reference for the head of the current head of the Spiritual Hierarchy / Masters of Wisdom will be seen. The conditions have been met and the time is now.

  • Alturn

    How you create things matter. It creates Karma that can persist for years. As Ghandi demonstrated, non violent protest creates the best results.

    “In Maitreya’s view, “Where the people’s voice is not heard, there will be revolution”. This is not prediction, but an instance of the law of cause and effect. Where there is suppression, repression, this force will collide against a growing awareness in the people. . . “Awareness alone is more powerful than nuclear bombs, more powerful than anything else in the universe. Awareness is even ‘beyond light’ and is growing fast now”.”
    – Maitreya through an associate as released to the media by Share International

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see a nonviolent end to the Masters of the Universe as much as anyone, but Gandhi and King didn’t actually cause the changes credited to them. It was the riots that followed state violence against Gandhi and King that did it.

    The rulers of this world have a vested interest in propping up the myth that nonviolence can remove them from power. They know that as long as they are not opposed with violence, they will never be unseated.

    I don’t want to believe these things, but reality cares nothing for my sensibilities.

  • Hadrian999

    libertarian anarchy would lead to corporate feudalism, sadly

  • CinemaParadiso

    Is that true with being a lawyer? I imagine country law in the EU is like state law in the US? Frankly, I think the problem is people are just living too long and not retiring at a proper age. Senior citizen survivor, let them fight for their meds :)

  • Anonymous

    Co-operativism, means u and others share all profits and share the same work and goal.. can’t think of anything less feudal and less corporative.. .

  • Hadrian999

    in anarchy there would nothing to check the powers of the strong, why cooperate with you when they can run right over you. co-operatism only works if a. people are universally ethical or b. there is some power that can enforce fair play. before long you would see feudalism in the form we had in the american west in the style of cattle barons and the railroad tycoons. people with advantages would consolidate their power woth others like them and the rest would be surfs.

  • Hadrian999

    i can’t see two assassination victims as proof of pacifism working

  • StZed

    Well a vital component of anarchism is a strong and fair education as well as the spirit of mutual aide. Your arguement is a complete strawman because centralised gov’t is showing itself to be more and more fascist in this globalised world. As well there are literally 10k years of history demonstrating non hierarchical forms of govt. Two specific examples include the Onaida of Upper Canada, and the Waorani of ecuador. Although there are literally hundreds and thousands of indigenous and tribal groups that are structured in a non-authortarian communalist way. There are MANY other examples as well- you should research celtic anarchism, daoism, and essenes. Most early christian groups were communalist as well- as were many of the later gnostics. Quakers and Mennonites are a good contemporary example. Anarchism works and would work particularly in regards to the connectedness of the world via the internet. Open Source Democracy.

  • StZed

    I also should have mentioned that anarchism rejects capitalism,wage slavery, forced coersion, corporatism, and resource exploitation. It also vitally includes a deep ecology and environmentalist view. People in an anarchist society would not be profiting from either the earth or each other. No one would be “stronger” than someone else.

  • Hadrian999

    i would like to have faith that people would work together but it has not been my experience,
    unless we revert to an agrarian society there will always be people who control resources either through
    control of the source of resources, transportation, sale or refining, these people can use this to amass personal followers and private armies like we saw in the form of cattle barons or mine owners hiring mercenaries like pinkertons or their modern counterpart PMCs in an anarchy there would no force able to stop the powerful, not that modern government does this either but I can’t see anarchy leading to anything but feudalism

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