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I can only think that the avarice of the über rich make them so very afraid, and their solution is to eliminate potential threats. Step One: Pushing the feet from under the middle classes...take away the quality schooling, through more into wars, create the need for debt, loan the money and suck interest on the money you loaned to make more bombs.

fear >> avarice >> more fear >> more avarice

how to break this cycle in mens' minds?
you are totally correct about eviscerating the educational system to create a populus deprived of the tools to think critically, and ignorant of the lessons of history, the better to manipulate.

the students' calmness and good behaviour, plus the hope in every italian family that their childrens' education was the only way forward through the shark-invested waters of employment, where nepotism and cronyism have blocked meritocracy for so long in italy.

these are not antisocial dropouts, or anarchist crazies, these are bravi ragazzi, good kids, their parents' pride and hope, merely asking unpolemically to be left the right to a good education, something dear to everyones' hearts, in an increasingly competitive world where ignorance is the most cardinal (and mortal) sin left.

the sheer revolting devilry of berlusconi is on full display here, while a few days ago he was boasting about being able to 'keep it up' all night long better than younger men.

if anything can help a deluded public see through this evil corporatist's machinations, seeing normal, well-behaved, aspiring young people who don't want to settle for factory slavery (with an average of 4 people dying a day due to sloppy practices and lack of regulation enforcement) or pride-killing unemployment limbo as a future, with organised crime offering better career advancement than hard work and dedication, which is all therse students are asking for.

cossiga's recent outburst drew attention to the entrenched 'casta's' outlook and old strategy, double-daring berlusconi to strip mine his political capital by sending in the gestapo and breaking heads, the heads of the country's children, themselves just trying to do what all young people all over the world are trying to do, follow their elders' advice and learn about the world.

it is very revealing how many people are sheltering and feeding the students on their long, risky vigils.

 public opinion, with the exception of the usual fruitbat suspects, could not be more solidly on the side of the students.

it is also highly relevant that the american media is avoiding this story.

between barack's election and these demonstrations in rome, i'm daring to hope more...

you can't fool all the people all the time for ever, and now is as good a time as any for a massive sea-change in global politics.

barack knows it, these students want to be part of it, all over the world people will continue to take heart at these manifestations of the best in humanity, and live their own lives with more permission to dream a future all can belong to and find a good place within.

you can delay human consciousness, but like a mushroom breaking up through cement, it can never be entirely denied, it will find a way.

today is a new dawn, i thought as i watched the sun come up, after a long night watching news with a loved one, many tears of joy shed together, exhausted, but exhilarated,

yes we can...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Nov 5th, 2008 at 02:37:55 AM EST
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