A brief video on the historic role of youth in Western conflict

Whatever your opinion of the Occupy Movement, you have to admire the initiative of the youth involved (I’m sort of ashamed to say I wasn’t up for it – it would take quite a bit for me to camp out in Toronto for  the most horrible two months of the year).

It’s true that in protests the youth ultimately end up doing the dirty work that the older activist groups, though often supportive of, would never endorse. And it’s the youth who ultimately brought our intention to Seattle in the 90’s, and more recently the G20 in Toronto and student protests in London. Their explosive, if sometimes misguided, impact made millions of people wonder why they were doing what they were doing.

This short video below, by NY Times by filmmaker Matt Wolf and write Jon Savage, is a pretty enlightening depiction of the evolution of  youth involvement in “times of crisis.”

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/12/04/opinion/100000001204421/the-role-of-youth.html (sorry, wouldn’t let me embed the video)

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