..a 40-something dj on radio hauraki..is calling for old people to lose the vote..he seems sure young people will know how to fix things..(really..?..)..and i wonder where he places himself on that age-continuum..?..has age-confusion set in yet..?..or is he still a ‘bright young thing’..?
ok..let’s do this..)
‘Should old people be allowed to vote?
Unsurprisingly the Brexit vote was carried by older people. Only 19 per cent of those 18-24 wanted to leave. Yet the young will have to live with the result for the longest time. Lumped for life with a decision largely made by pensioners. Older voters specialise in looking back instead of forward. So why should those on their way out decide a future they won’t be around to see?
(ed:..’fair enough!’..i hear you say – but there is one small fact that blows that ‘forward-looking’ young people claim out of the water..that is that only 36% of eligible 18-24 yr olds..(n.b…18-24 yr old..there are not children..24..f.f.s.!..)..only 36% of them could be bothered putting down their controllers/phones/stopping taking selfies – and going to vote for that future…so..?..
..maybe your ire/exhortations should be directed @ those fools..?..were they not aware the vote was on..?..didn’t think it mattered..?..we have the same mindless-young syndrome here also..and an election next year..better get on yr bike..eh.?
..and yes..87% of my generation voted..and ignorance/prejudice/believing falsehoods from farage/johnson..and maybe even hearkening back to a past (more on that later) on their part influenced that mindless-vote from them..
..but in this case..that vote was so close..that it would have only taken just a few more of those self-obsorbed/mindless young slackers to get off their arses and vote..and the result would have been different..what about that do you not understand..?
..so to turn around and use this brexit-result as stick to old-bash..to the extent of demanding the vote be taken from them..(!)..and that we hand over power to those afor-mentioned ‘mindless’..is both a bit rich..and a major logic-fail..eh..?..
..you are talking to/at the wrong people..)
‘If you’re under 50, why the hell are you paying for Super you will never get yourself? Why aren’t we increasing the age of retirement? Why is there no means testing on pensions? Why is there no movement on our property issues? Simple. There’s lots of old people, they love to vote and backing changes they don’t like is electoral suicide’.
(there you go..!..seeking scapegoats for the failures of the 30+ yr long neoliberal-experiment..(it’s failed..in case you hadn’t noticed..)
..y’see..part of yr problem is that you are a child of that neoliberal-experiment..a gen x-er..a there-is-no-alternative generation…you have drunk that fucken neoliberal-kool-ade since yr baby-bottle..
..and/but there are alternatives..and i feel you could have much to learn from an op-ed bill maher did the other nite..he looked at the case of california…which you may remember was long described as an economic basket-case..ruled by rightwing fuckwits like arnie/the republicans..
then the democrats took over..and introduced a progressive tax system..basically they soaked the rich..(now i can hear that snapping sound as yr sphincter tightens..you don’t want to pay more tax..?..do you..?..you’d rather take from the elderly..wouldn’t you..?..)
but as maher demonstrates..despite the dire predictions that the rich/elites would pack up and leave the state..(which didn’t happen..)..this has been a raging success..
..the california economy is now booming..
..we can/must do the same as california did..
and where is yr fucken anger @ 40% of nzers only having 3% of the nations’ wealth..eh.?..of course you aren’t in that 40% are you..?..that self-interest gene acting up again..?
..once again..look a bit closer…and direct yr ire at those who deserve it..eh..?..and do try to keep that anti-tax-increase/self-interest gene under control..eh..?..it won’t hurt too much..i promise..!.
btw..i call you lot the unfortunate-generation..because demographic-imperatives dictate that your generation will never taste real power..
your lives until now have been dictated by the boomers..but that will end in due course..as we fall off the twig..but that power will not pass to you..the ‘unfortunate’ fact is that the demographic bulge underneath you is even bigger than the one above you..
..so..you should be really careful for what you wish for..eh..?..’cos when you are my age..you will be powerless enough..without also being unable to vote..eh..?..(in this case i urge you to fan the flames of yr self-interest gene..and think on a bit..eh..?..)
‘The world is a terrifyingly confusing place when you’re elderly. You’re being left behind. When you’re young you jump up stairs two steps at a time. When you’re old you stand at the top trembling..’
(um..!..no..!..some find themselves in that condition..but speaking personally..no..
and those that are like that are usually there because of bad life choices..(i.e.alcohol..you like drink don’t you..?..you use your pulpit to celebrate the drinking-culture in nz..eh..?..)
here’s a free heads-up! for you…to avoid ending up like that..i would stop the booze..around about now..eh..?
..from personal experience the hedonistic-lifestyle can be maintained until about age 40 tops..if you continue after that by 65 you will be like one of those rheumy-eyed lost people you see sitting in suburban bars during the daytime..
..and along with the booze i am sure you are eating heaps of dead-animal..cheese..etc..
..and @ the age you are..the physical-disintergration/outcomes from this diet of flesh and booze..will now be making their presence felt..eh..?..suck in now..!
..once again..it seems it’s almost too late..you are so locked into that lifestyle/paradigm..eh..?..you can’t envisage any other..and that is your load to bear..eh..?
and/but if you want to be standing at the top of those stairs you mentioned..not ‘trembling’ in fear…but in yr own way exulting/ok!..
..you need to 1) stop the boozing..and 2) adopt a healthy diet that does not include flesh/fat/dead-animals/cheese etc..and you can make of that heads-up what you will..
now..earlier on you looked back in scorn..scoffing at the 60’s/70’s as being ‘boring’..(and yes those ‘phobics’/prejudices were there in spades..and still are…but ‘boring’..?..no..
..life was easy..there was full-employment..there were no people sleeping in cars..(we had age-poverty..but that was largely fixed by what you are now misguidedly attacking)..and by what should be available to all..ie..a universal basic income..nobody of any age should be in poverty..
(of course rural maori poverty was endemic..but even that was fixed in part by that move to the city/full-employment..and i would submit that rural/maori-poverty is even worse now..and without that salve/exit-option available..)
..but back to ‘boring’..we had the hippie thing going on..we made our own ‘fun’..we had pot from thailand/indonesia/sth africa/afghanistan..most of it poisonously strong..(and much better than that clapped-out-strains/rubbish-weed yr generation had on offer..the 80’s..when you grew up..were a lost-decade for good pot..the importations had stopped..just yr crappy outdoor..eh..?..another ‘unfortunate’ experience for you lot..eh..?
..and when you talk about boring..fings became boring with the invention of the walkman..that marked the swinging shut of the door of human interaction..
..and this is even more ‘boring’ now..with everyone walking around with the buds in..and staring at their fucken screens..they are like robots/automatons..
i don’t do that..doing whoar is enough screentime for me..and/so i just look on in amazement..thinking..’how can they think that is a fucken life worth living..?’..eh..?
(and don’t get me started on those who sit at tables (supposedly talking/interacting with other people)..who stare/paw at their screens most of the time..
..they can just fuck right off..and go and sit somewhere else..
and let’s finish with your final two lines..eh..?
‘Unfortunately fear can lead to judgmentalism and bigotry. Which leads to illogical positions’.
(can i suggest you go and stand in front of a mirror – and say that out loud to yourself for long enough for it to bed-in..?..eh..?
..and a special bullshit-on-a-stick-award for you..eh..?..)
(update:..we now get the news that sky data were somewhat misleading in their claim that only 36% of 18-24 yr olds bothered to vote in the eu-referendum..
this is untrue…nearly twice that number voted..(which is far less depressing than that 36% figure..)
sky data used data from the last general election to make that claim..
which in its’ own way is bullshit-on-a-stick..
..tho’ the fact that 97% of boomers voted – and so only a few more younger voters would have changed the result – that fact still stands..