Young people have little option other than violence when their voices aren’t being heard

Our society is breeding a whole generation of young people who do not expect to achieve anything productive in their lives. Graduate students are applying for jobs that, previously, would have gone to somebody with A-levels. Those with A-levels are applying for the jobs for people with no qualifications. So jobseekers with no qualifications are stuck. There's a generation out there, hopeless, devoid of aspiration, unconvinced they will achieve anything. If they had to go to work this morning they wouldn't have been rioting last night. They're disaffected, unhappy and upset, and they are looking at their leaders, saying: you need to give me something, I need a job, I need you to help me. Until that message is heard, politicians should not be surprised to see groups turn to violence.



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Young people have little option other than violence when their voices aren’t being heard
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The frustration of joblessness

"The shooting of Mark Duggan was an excuse, an opportunity, the lighting of the match: the bonfire was ready and waiting. It was going to happen. I've been saying so since the new government announced the cuts and the job losses began to bite.

Our society is breeding a whole generation of young people who do not expect to achieve anything productive in their lives. Graduate students are applying for jobs that, previously, would have gone to somebody with A-levels. Those with A-levels are applying for the jobs for people with no qualifications. So jobseekers with no qualifications are stuck."[[http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2011/aug/09/tottenham-young-people-riot-future]] When people feel useless and underrated, and find it troublesome to attempt to express their talent and worth, they have no recourse other than to be violent. All that young energy when not used for creative purposes is used for destructive ones.

No because...

There is no excuse for vandalism. Being jobless doesn't mean that you have a free pass to loot and burn businesses designed to create jobs and ease a hectic lifestyle.

Young people have little option other than violence when their voices aren’t being heard
Yes because...

Not having a voice

is damaging on multiple levels. Praxis is the lifeblood of the human vein. We seem to redeem ourselves from faults and insecurities to emerge as useful, productive and happy. When we are inhibited from releasing our good, all we can think about is what is wrong with us and the world. Complaints and ideas need to be voiced, because when they are not voiced frustration, anger and pain is all there is.
We all need sympathy and love, when neither is given , the suppressed voice comes out negatively. Talking, feeling, loving, caring, wanting, giving and most importantly understanding and companionship are all basic human needs.
When these needs are rejected, agony, angst and darkness prevails. This is why a stalking psychopath is likely to rape or kill his object of desire. This is why anyone at the apex of corporate success is likely to snap at any moment. This is also why the family as an institution is admired and celebrated as the safe fall back option ballooned with love and support. Family can ruin people not with love but with hate, discouragement and all other negativity. As can friends and lovers so called, point being when support, security and well-being is hard to come by, people are driven to a negative extreme that is bound to make them act up. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOhwyhOYhqs&feature=feedrec_grec_index]]

No because...

Nothing is bound to make people act in any way. People are what they are. People who choose to be ruled by negative thoughts are negative and those who choose to think positively are positive.

Young people have little option other than violence when their voices aren’t being heard
Yes because...

When young people are exploited and unheard they come out in hordes and it is impossible to stop the chaos

When so many people are unhappy about joblessness, spending cuts and then the last straw on the camel's back where in the first time in London a man was shot by the police, anarchy is inevitable. And once it has happened no one can or would want to do anything about it. The riot police/military efforts in the Egyptian protests were scoffed at and condemned in Britain but a few of the same British people previously lauding the Facebook-driven Egyptian youth find that the same kind of violence and damage to their businesses barbaric on the home turf.

For now young warriors/protesters enjoy the spoils of war midst bigotry and arrests. "One north London resident, who wanted to be identified only as Tiel, described a conversation: "I heard two girls arguing about which store to steal from next. 'Let's go Boots?' 'No, Body Shop.' 'Hit Body Shop after it's dead [meaning empty].'" The girl came out of Boots "nonchalantly, as if she'd done her weekly shop at 4:30am", he added. He described others, holding up clothes to themselves in the broken windows of H&M. "They were just so blasé about what they were doing."- [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/08/looting-fuelled-by-social-exclusion]]

Counterargument:
[[http://www.debatewise.org/debates/71-civil-disobedience-can-be-justified#point_3307_headline]] democracy does not suit all governments and countries. Lebanon is a prime example of a failed democracy, What freedom have the Egyptian people won?

No because...

The Egyptians threw off an octogenarian military dictator, it was a freedom struggle and admirably, a positive move towards democracy. This is utter chaos, a means to no end.

Young people have little option other than violence when their voices aren’t being heard
No because...

There is an alternative

In a democratic society, the way to make changes is to get involved in politics. In many national elections only around 60% of people normally bother to vote. Young people are less likely to vote than older ones. We recently had a referendum on whether to make the voting system fairer, but only about 40% of people actually bothered to express an opinion.

If none of the parties seem to represent your views then get involved at a local level and try to influence them. If nobody is interested, then consider starting a new political party. Try lobbying representatives of the unions to try to get them them to take your concerns more seriously. By all means demonstrate, or even devise stunts designed to catch the public attention, but do not demean yourself by indulging in violence, theft and arson. Who is going to want to spend years building a business if they fear that everything they have worked for might be burned down at five minutes notice.

Violence and criminality are a complete dead end. While you burn somebody not much better off than yourself out of their home, the serious looters (people like Investment Bankers for example) are sitting untouched in a tax haven somewhere. Right wing politicians in Britain have long wanted an excuse to introduce a more authoritarian form of policing. Now they have one!

It is easy to destroy things. It is so much more satisfying to build something. Organise, protest and campaign - but peacefully!

Yes because...
Young people have little option other than violence when their voices aren’t being heard
No because...

Young people have opportunity

The young people involved in the rioting are unemployable, they will be until they decide to try to help themselves instead of expecting everything to be handed to them on a plate.

They can make themselves more employable by learning respect and learning new skills. Would you employ one of the people who took part in the riots? Normal hard-working respectful people were not part of these riots, whether they are from a poor family or a richer family.

They have plenty of opportunity to improve themselves. In this country we have easy access to education. They could learn a new language so they can move to a different country to find work, that's what eastern Europeans have done. They could also volunteer while they are out of work, so they could improve their CV.

There is so much opportunity for young people. I'm young and I'm from a poor background. I'm trying to improve my education and life. It's not easy, but I don't expect it to be handed to me on a plate. I plan to work hard for the life that I want, I want to prove people from a poor background can make it. People in this country need to stop being so lazy and be responsible for themselves. I feel ashamed be a part of this culture.

Yes because...
Young people have little option other than violence when their voices aren’t being heard
No because...

Being peaceful is also important

I'd like to ask my opponents that if there parents won't complete their demands will they kill their parents.............There are many methods like strikes through which people can listen to us but killing people is dumb.......If you kill people you are no where less then the people who are not listening to you.........the best example is Anna Hazare who through his revolution is trying to remove corruption but has done no violence...............follow his method and be peaceful and let everyone listen to you......

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