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Forum Post: Timeline of Activist Activation through the Aging Process:

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 22, 2013, 1:35 p.m. EST by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL
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A guy told me this a while ago, I thought it was pretty on, from what Ive seen.

Late teens, 20's- Fuck the World, lets go. This always the key group in anything political, whether its actions or campaigns or promos or rallies. Lots of energy, lots of spirit, lots of angst, and most importantly, lots of time.

30's- Still pissed, but getting going with career. Possibly getting a family started. A more logical reasoning of things, but not as much time.

40s and 50's- Family time. Time is spent on family and work. Not a lot of time to study politics, very little time to leave the house, much less for political volunteering.

60's + - The world is fucked. Its always been fucked, its always going to be fucked, just do the best you can and try to take care of the people you care about.

I thought this was an interesting breakdown, and possibly pretty accurate?




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[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

Occupy Omaha's first few protests had everyone. Eventually kind of dwindled down similar to what is mentioned here.

Video I made about our November 5th protest in 2011- I'm behind the camera - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuN-UXPB3g0

[-] 1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

Ah.....when it was about "the system is fucked" and not engulfed in lamestream talking points....

And the numbers were HUGE...

MSM divisive tactics at their best..

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

That depends on how well you obeyed societies norms and how quickly that piece of the brain grows in that deals with time and consequences.

Many of the people that I know now went straight from high school into marriage, had kids and may even be working on their second marriage. They may have waited until after college or they may not have even gone to college. They haven't devoted any time to the political process at all. In fact, their entire lives are dealing with kids and marital problems and/or politics is boring as hell. There go the twenties and thirties and sometimes the forties.

There is another group of people that feel very strongly about issues and jump into careers where they can exhibit that passion. I call that group of people the don't-just-talk-shit-get-your-ass-in-the-game crowd.

There is no one size fits all.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Snyder admits making Michigan a Right to Work state was never about creating jobs http://www.eclectablog.com/2013/01/snyder-admits-making-michigan-a-right-to-work-state-was-never-about-creating-jobs.html

30s, 40s, 50s, 60s..............all the time in the world to study politics.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Hhmmmmmmmm - not about creating jobs?

Well now - who woulda guessed?

He is, of course, right on the first point. Less than a fifth of Michigan workers belong to unions so the overall impact on whether or not a company chooses Michigan as a place to invest is minimal. That’s especially true given that basically half of the country’s states are now Right to Work. It’s simply not a competitive situation when everyone else is doing the same thing. It is, simply put, just a way to crush unions and lower wages overall. And, though they make up less than a fifth of the work force, those union jobs DO help keep wages at a level that builds our middle class and has since the middle of the last century.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

We said this shit months ago. So this whole anti-union shpiel means that there are A) lots of assholes that got taken for a ride and will not admit it. or B) knew in advance and intentionally, willingly and consciously fucked over the people.

And this little meme about how unions need to represent all people----those motherfuckers can go fuck themselves as well.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Yep - right to work has always been about ability to control ( employer control ) - as in right to fire for no reason - you would like a living wage? - how would you just like to keep your job? - then shut up about getting a better wage - BuBye - back to work now - that's right - run along........

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Exactly. But, we knew this. Why do we have to back track for ass 'tards?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

OH - I don't do it for them - and I suspect neither do you - I will be happy to go over some of this ALEC kill the worker Bullshit from time to time - for the benefit of individuals who have not gotten a clue as of yet.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

No. Occasionally, I slow it down but for the most part I hate it.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Yeah - I would like to see things really start to move along as well - build speed as well as momentum.

I keep telling myself that - OK - not everyone has gotten the news yet ( f'n MSM ) - and so try to work on my patience.

On a good note - it looks like there is a good bit of networking going on for the Feb 17th protest.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

There is that.

[-] 1 points by Sandy0621 (175) 5 years ago

It sounds like a good description for the average person's political evolution.