Young people are fed up with the exploits of western capitalism. Millenials have watched as their parents and grandparents disregard climate change, while the third world is ravaged by droughts and flooding. They’ve watched capitalism destroy the global economy, only to see ‘socialism’ blamed for the world’s ills. They’ve watched as mass shootings swamp America, and how the bitter clingers continue to resist sensible gun legislation. They’ve watched as racist cops gun down innocent people of color, time and time again. The youth are sick and tired of the evils of the west, and they’re not going to take it any longer.
Crowds of mostly millenials have taken to the streets across the western world in huge numbers to let their leaders know that they are fed up with the state of society, the economy, and the environment. Many of the causes they are fighting for have been on the global agenda for decades, but progress has been frustratingly slow. For instance, although women have started to make up a more appropriate percentage of college graduates, men still earn significantly more than women in the workplace. The income gap between white males and people of color remains obscene, and the measures taken to mend this inequality have barely made a dent. Undocumented immigrants are still exploited and still have absolutely no rights under the law. Attempts to grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants who have been here for decades have been repeatedly shut down by staunch conservatives. Progress has simply been too slow, and young people are realizing that if they do not take a strong stance now, our progressive ideals may never be reached.
When you boil it down, this movement is really about one thing: love. Progressives want a compassionate society that focuses on need not greed. We want equality for all people, regardless of color, gender or ‘legal status’. We want to spread the world’s wealth to those who need it, and tax and regulate those who have far more than they can ever use. We want a world that thinks about the future of our planet, and the damage that fossil fuels are doing to the environment that our children will inherit. We believe in a world in which countries can work together, under a unified leadership that shares the common goals of all peoples. The progressive revolution believes that we all have the same vision for the world deep down. We want a world in which basic needs like education, housing, food, clean water and electricity are available for all; a world in which the privileged and the greedy are punished, and the oppressed and less fortunate are rewarded. A true egalitarian society is within arm’s reach, but in order to make it a reality we need to stand up and fight today. So for the sake of progress, equality and love, join the progressive revolution today and be part of something that matters. The time to take action is now.