According to Naomi Klien's No Logo, the largest growth in jobs as of late has been in the service industry. The aged hippies just want us to wait on them. Sure I'm a waiter, so my perspective might be skewed. But haven't you (under 29ers) felt it? A kind of contempt and thinly veiled ill will disseminating from our parents generation. The baby boomers were known for hating their parents' generation...they seemed selfish in their desire to steal power from the establishment. Now they are the establishment and not letting go. The greedy mother fuckers. Every once in a while I get a feeling that adults simply don't give a fuck as to what I do. As far as they're concerned they wouldn't mind if I disappeared. There are no mentors helping and hoping for my future. The political mantra about "doing it for the children" (often used in connection with arguments infavor of saving the environment) seem more like attempts to wipe clean guilty consciousness, rather than actually help kids live better lives.
Even in my internships where I feel I am supposed to meet adults who care and want to help me on my future career (as I do their dirty work for free) I mostly just get the feeling that I'm getting fucked over and exploited. This feeling was affirmed today in France where despite millions of young people taking to the street the country's government decided to accept a law that would take away the rights of all workers under the age of 26. The law makes it easy for employers to fire young workers for no reason after 2 years, just because they want to. Which means they can use us while we're cheap, and then fire us and get some other young shmuck they can exploit. It is older people making their own laws to keep their own jobs, and exploit others. It is what Bush is trying/already doing in the US with immigrant labor, and it seems in the spirit of Jim Crow Laws: they (blacks, latinos, women, youths, gays, etc) aren't really people...at least they're such a small minority they don't count, so we can use them to build and protect our own wealth and power, while at the same time they should be gratful that we are giving them opportunity to work (even if it is as exploited slaves)."
The politician who introduced the bill in France are seriously arguing in this vein. He claims that this bill will help end the 22% unemployment rate for people under 26. What logic...it is already hard as hell for us to get jobs because the babyboomers won't die, they just want to hold on to power, and now they're trying to screw over the rest of us that can't get jobs, in essence making us a disposable work force with out rights. They might as well pass another bill while they are at it, one that takes away the rights of young people to vote, because heck turn-out hasn't been as good as they'd like at the polls, so why not just make the number of people who can vote smaller, and limit it to those who already have a lot of power. Makes a whole lot of sense.