"For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors – of arguments about the rights and wrongs of interest payment, debt peonage, amnesty, repossession, restitution, the sequestering of sheep, the seizing of vineyards and selling of debtors' children into slavery. By the same token, for the last 5,000 years, with remarkable regularity, popular insurrections have begun the same way: with ritual destruction of debt records – tablets, papyri, ledgers, whatever form they might have taken in any particular time and place."
"Just watched an article on CNN regarding European youth unemployment. Unemployed between the ages of 16 and 25:
- Greece 62%
- Spain 56%
- Portugal 50%
- Britain 24%"They are calling it a lost generation. This is the point I have been trying to make at our meetings. When you hear of the US with 7.5 or 8%, it doesn't sound horrible until you look into the numbers."In the US, the same youth category runs from 20% up to 50%, depending on education and ethnicity. Don't know what it is in Brazil, but I'm sure it is a serious problem. Until this is righted with a multitude of fixes, it appears to me the youth will continue to revolt and rightly so."Just imagine, four years of college, 23 years old and a bleak future! Who wouldn't be in a foul mood?"
"We looked at how many adults are currently married – among people over 18, how many of them have a spouse – and we found that barely half of all adults now are married. That's declined quite a bit from the past. In 2010, again it was barely half – 51% – in 1960, it was 72%."