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”:

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  • Jin The Ninja

    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

      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.

      • BananaFamine

        well said.

      • Jin The Ninja

        totally concur.

      • wizard

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

  • Anonymous

    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,

  • jasonpaulhayes

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

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

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

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

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

  • Hadrian999

    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.

  • BananaFamine

    well said.

  • Anonymous

    totally concur.

  • wizard

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