But we've just moved a generation from Polti 9 - "I want to make money"- to Polti 3: "I am a mutherfucking suicide bomber."
The cynic and pessimist in me worries that I'm of a generation that, whether they admit it or not, has given up on believing in changing the structures of power for the better.
Whenever the topic of pensions happens comes up amongst my peers, the most common reaction is to simply not believe we'll ever get to see it happen. Pensions! What a concept. Climate change, social progress, saving democracy; we have a percentage of the population willing to stand for a better future and peacefully protest, but I worry the majority has given up on changing the fundamentals of power.
Instead, we burst out and take down instances of a problem. We take down a handful of hedge funds, but can't fathom saving the middle class. We have Gamergate and #metoo, but can't seem to implement even the simplest quotas and still have to teach college (!) aged dudebros the simplest definition of consent.
It's not like there aren't solutions that work - I for one would welcome a rebirth of social-democratic politics - but I'm worried my generation isn't going to (be able to) put the work behind it to reverse the course, to tackle the root of the issues instead of chopping yet another imperfect branch.