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Younger people are being failed by our political system, controlled largely by their elders, and then people wonder why political extremism is on the rise. - Is mise,

A bit vague Frank and clearly not substantiated. In the US and perhaps in the UK, the average age of a MP could be described as an "elder".  Certainly not in The Netherlands. Many members of parliament stay 5 years on average, there is a high turnover. The economy and business leaders are middle age with university degrees. Student fraternities play a role in dividing leading jobs later in life. Similar, I imagine, how in the UK the Eton, Oxford and the Cambridge gang work. Likewise in France and its political system Macron seeks to eradicate.

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With job offerings, it is normal to choose a fellow Minerva student above anyone else with similar accomplishments. There are other "secret" societies which too operate to influence politics and business policy. A source of corruption and lack of transparency. Dutch PM Rutte too is having a hard time to argue he is the right person for radical change in political leadership.

by Oui on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 12:24:03 AM EST
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I'm sure it varies from country to country and party to party, but the Fine Gael/Fianna Fail coalition currently  in power in Ireland clearly favours the older, propertied class in all its actual policies, if not its rhetoric. That would not be a particularly controversial point to make in Ireland atm.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 09:01:58 AM EST
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Below is a comment by a US Millennial to a Boomer relative who was arguing against student loan debt forgiveness:
I'd be more compelled by your argument if your generation decided that they were willing to pay back the the tax payer subsidies that made their education so much cheaper than the current generation.
Your "I got mine!" attitude is not very civic minded or patriotic. And it is common. And is perhaps why "okay boomer" has become such a wide spread meme.


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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 03:03:35 PM EST
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