The war on youth has resulted in young people being criminalized in school, killed by state violence and transformed from democratic citizens into neoliberal consumers. In response, young people in North America have made important attempts to break the hold of power, and now need to enlist all generations to develop a truly global political movement that embraces education as the center of politics.
It is a hard and unpopular truth to say that all oppressions are connected, to say that our treatment of other species and the earth herself has served as the template for our oppression of peoples. But it has. It is a harder and even more unpopular truth to say that all oppressions must be undone and undone together. The lust for the false power derived from relations of domination - directed anywhere - is at the root.
Sociologist Salvatore Babones offers 16 progressive policy recommendations for 2016's presidential contenders. If implemented, they will not only make the US more humane, but will go a long way in making the country a fairer and more equitable place to live, work and study.