Youth In Revolt In Puerto Rico

upr-protest-12-23 Wondering why American citizens aren’t up in arms in the streets, à la Spain, Egypt, Greece, and elsewhere? Well, they are, just not on the mainland.

Al Jazeera’s always-intriguing Fault Lines visits the island to look at the massive protests as the government imposes big cuts in education and social services, rending Puerto Rico a guinea pig in a harsh conservative “fiscal experiment”:

12 Comments on "Youth In Revolt In Puerto Rico"

  1. Anonymous | Jul 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm |

    it’s fortifying to see the students radicalise, mobilise and protest against fascist tactics under the name “neo-liberal economic policy.”

    however it is very disconcerting to see the militarisation of the police, and how dominant capitalism has become that it overrules the rule of law, and social justice/common decency,

  2. Jin The Ninja | Jul 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm |

    it’s fortifying to see the students radicalise, mobilise and protest against fascist tactics under the name “neo-liberal economic policy.”

    however it is very disconcerting to see the militarisation of the police, and how dominant capitalism has become that it overrules the rule of law, and social justice/common decency,

    • Hadrian999 | Jul 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm |

      it doesn’t happen here for a few reasons, first people are numbed by luxury, they have cable tv, hdtv, they have decent shelter for the most part and have basic needs met and fear losing them, others are bonded to the ruling elite by ideology, conservative politics have successfully linked subservience to the rich with religion and patriotic jingoism, staying in your place has become the new “freedom” finally higher education has been turned into a gateway to a corporate job instead of a path of self improvement. it all comes together to quite effectively neuter the political power of the lower and middle classes.

  3. I think Trent Reznor said it best in the Nine Inch Nails song Head Like a Hole.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbwwfNL4QUM

  4. jasonpaulhayes | Jul 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |

    I think Trent Reznor said it best in the Nine Inch Nails song Head Like a Hole.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbwwfNL4QUM

  5. Hadrian999 | Jul 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm |

    it doesn’t happen here for a few reasons, first people are numbed by luxury, they have cable tv, hdtv, they have decent shelter for the most part and have basic needs met and fear losing them, others are bonded to the ruling elite by ideology, conservative politics have successfully linked subservience to the rich with religion and patriotic jingoism, staying in your place has become the new “freedom” finally higher education has been turned into a gateway to a corporate job instead of a path of self improvement. it all comes together to quite effectively neuter the political power of the lower and middle classes.

  6. BananaFamine | Jul 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm |

    well said.

  7. Anonymous | Jul 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm |

    totally concur.

  8. yeah the whole college serving as only a stepping stone to corporate work really concerns me.

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