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Can experience justify a political consensus in the face of youthful dissent?
Laurie Penny distinguishes between respect for a generational group and respect for political consensus. With Anthony O'Hear. Julian Baggini chairs.
Kiljoy on 05/04/2012 7:26pm
I suspect we're going through a transition, or ought be, from people saying "Something to tell the grandchildren" to "Something to confess to the grandchildren"
Bill Borden on 12/03/2012 9:44pm
The reason there are no socialists older than 25, is that by that time anyone who is seriously engaged has worked it out: it's a useless idea! Only the young and powerless have the luxury of lefty idealism. Of course it would be a fallacy to claim that because silly people follow socialism, it is thereby a silly, but no-one is claiming that.
Nicholas Price on 12/03/2012 9:39pm
Grown up socialists are "silly"?! Ever heard of Noam Chomsky? Youthful idealism is often silly, and is often far left of centre - but it is a fallacy to conclude that socialism itself is therefore not a sensible doctrine.
Holly Merlo on 24/02/2012 6:29pm
Yes, the generations need to learn from each other. Of course. But that doesn't mean the young can just be meek little people saying "yes older man, of course older man, you must be right because you've been there and I haven't". What is needed is honest exchange of respect - which means respect for the youth as well as the older generation.
Ted Frost on 24/02/2012 6:26pm
I think it's a bit quick to just say such a saying it's mere dismissal to claim that those who are socialists later in life are stupid. Of course there is something to be said for experience, and due respect! The different generations really need to learn from each other...
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