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Defusing anger with a classless society 

I have been thinking about the from last year, and the disaffected in many . The pressures are still there.
    only has itself to blame.
   In the 1960s, with improving to a point where the were growing, Europe found itself short of a . So it decided to import , often from nations.
   These workers were often denied and were the subject of , something that continues today.
   Whenever a lower economic class is created and denied rights, then there are pressures of . It happened in during the , when rich foreigners in Beijing and Shanghai hung up signs reading, ‘No dogs or Chinese allowed’. My is the only lens through which I can look at these issues—and I can see parallels.
   So what can these kids hang on to? The have provided nothing. They have, instead, their to fall back on, and through which they find fellowship.
   These are angry kids. Many of them have seen the suffering of their parents or even grandparents. With nothing to defuse the , they have to find an outlet.
   In China, the movement was helmed by inspirational like . But among these , who is their leader?
   There is no single unifying figure if we look at the peaceful exponents of through the European continent.
   The solution is not to persecute further, but to admit there is a problem.
   And if governments do not want a single figure to emerge to inspire these kids, they need to create an alternative now.
   It is hard to unlearn generations of prejudice, but that has to happen, for starters. is one key, and I still believe in the power of on that front. Yet more needs to be done.
   A should be an aim—and like I do not mean a single , but that anyone from any class has the same opportunities open to them. Right now, that is not the case in so many districts in Europe. If you are from the wrong side of the tracks, you can forget anything that might further your lot in life.
   A conscious effort to change, take responsibility for the earlier encouragement of , and an admission of past ill treatment would be a start.
   The comments will probably come at this point. Someone will ask the following: while most of the youths are not motivated by , which is a given by the , how can you confront the few that are?
   I believe that addressing the majority will see to the irrelevance of the minority.
   Of course, I have the luxury of sitting in a nation where there has been no and I don’t have to deal with the administrative reality of these ideas.
   But they are a beginning, and the best solutions are often the simplest.

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well, the problem stems from the power wielded by the classes with the money. no way will the rich guys agree to give up their class status.

also, i wonder if the current immigration issues in the united states will ultimately lead to similar conflicts. and let's not forget the issues with lower-class blacks in america.

it's always sad to see the parallels between minorities, regardless of the race or region. it's almost always rooted in money and economics, yet projected through race.  
One more thought:

You wrote, “Of course, I have the luxury of sitting in a nation where there has been no terrorist threat and I don’t have to deal with the administrative reality of these ideas.”

Doesn’t Australia have issues regarding Aborgines? Perhaps the conflicts appear less violent, but the root causes are similar — and even equally insidious.

I’m not convinced any country is free of the root causes that create the problems you originally cited in your post.  
HighJive, good point about how problems are projected through race, yet many are founded in economics. I have to agree that this is often the case.
   On your second comment: I’m not in Australia, but in New Zealand. There is crime, and Māori and Polynesians form the majority of prisoners, but on the whole the forces that I would cite don’t appear to be here among the indigenous population.  
oops. sorry about the geography snafu. don't know why i thought you were in australia.

although hasn't new zealand had issues with asian immigrants in recent years?

is it my imagination, or is nearly every alleged civilized country struggling with immigration problems?  
New Zealand has had problems with Asian immigration, but they are concocted for the most part by racist politicians. New Zealand police has stated that the proportion of crimes committed by Asians are in keeping with the overall population, but because they are unusual (earlier Asian immigrants have been more law-abiding), they get headlines. I don’t believe an “underclass” has been created though. I am sure there are exceptions, however, of groups I may have missed, but largely I think we do a good job of including immigrants into society, based on my observation.
   I did blog from Melbourne when I was last there in January, so maybe that’s why you thought I was in Australia?  
Highjive - I think part of the point that Jack is making is that the "rich" actually don't have to give up power or their "class" for the underpriviledged to have equal opportunity.

It is a frequent issue that people *do * recognise that the issue is the possible absence of opportunity and hope in the underclasses, but then confuse this with being solved by the removal of the goal...  

Not sure I’m following your statements.

What is the goal? For everyone to be rich and powerful?

Lead the way, brother.  
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