Young Americans are very upset with the state of America and the rest of the world. The conscientious young American is acutely aware of today’s glaring inequalities. They see big corporations reap obscene profits while large portions of the world’s population starve or don’t have access to clean water. They see right-wing think-tanks criticize political action against climate change, while third world countries are ravaged by floods, droughts and earthquakes. They are also upset with the state of the American economy, and the fact that society has failed to provide them with job opportunities relating to their college degrees. The following transcripts are real interviews with young Americans about what they see as the main problems with the world and what they want our government to do about it.
Sarah Ford, age 20, NY
I’m a young and involved activist about to start my double major in environmental studies and politics, and I’m very, very angry about what is going on in this country. I blame this country’s problems on the exploitations of corporations and a blind worship of the “free market” and “self-regulating capitalism” (Tell me, how does that work again? Oh yeah, it doesn’t morons). Following the deregulation of the banking sector and the repeal of Glass-Steagall (the financial regulation act that would have prevented the financial crisis), this country has gone down the drain. Meanwhile, scumbag corporations are continuing to hire non-American foreigners in other countries instead of Americans at home. Hire Americans, idiots – you’re American companies aren’t you? Fuck free trade. End capitalism. End this crap … I’m sick of it!
Brad Jones, age 25, IL
What do I want from my government? What do I want? Are you fucking kidding me? I have basic needs: A job, a descent salary, a house, a fucking vacation. These are needs not wants – get that through your stinkin’ head! Fucking government doesn’t give a shit about unemployed average guys like me. I’ve got a fucking college degree for fuck’s sake! I studied media and modern culture for four damn stinkin’ years and this piece of shit government can’t even provide me with a fucking JOB? They’ve got enough money for wall street, but not for an average hard working guy on the street. Fuck this shit. The occupy movement is gonna take over this country so guys like me can get a guaranteed job and a decent wage. We need a revolution in this country … a progressive revolution
Young Americans want radical changes from our government. They want to see congress take a proactive role in resolving economic inequality and putting a stop to extreme corporate profits. They also want our government to start reshaping the economy to favor young people, firstly by providing job opportunities for students with less recognized degrees, and secondly by introducing further grants and funding programs for students and graduates. Ultimately what young people want from our government is compassion and common sense. Young people think with their hearts as well as with their minds. They have clear visions about how the world’s resources should be distributed in order to benefit the common good, and they are frustrated that politicians don’t seem to share their passion, vision and energy. Maybe our elected officials would be wise to listen to young people, because soon they will be the ones running for congress, operating think tanks and advising national policy.