Now, I understand why confrontational tactics are usually conducted by youth, that makes sense. They aren't stuck in the system yet and thus its easier to run high risks. But the fact that the movement as a whole tends to be kids confuses the hell out of me. I've yet to manage to radicalise anyone here, but my closest successes were never with the youth. It was always older generations who were ready to accept anarchism as a valid belief and debate its merits. Every time I bucked against the system I pretty much knew it was pointless to look for solidarity amongst my own age group. Amongst public events the teenagers are always beat into submission with a simple stern look or finger point from the police, while older folk won't hesitate to tell the cops to go away or that their uniforms "ain't impressin' no one". And whenever the state institutes a new Orwellian measure, or someone gets harassed by the police over ridiculous circumstances its adults who are enraged while teens can hardly muster a "Yeah, man, fuck that" (When my sister got stopped by the cops for jaywalking and they repeatedly called her suicidal my mom and uncles and a couple neighbours were all ready for blood while she couldnt even see anything abnormal)
I remember when I was about 12, and the radio was talking about school lockers searches after a mother had called complaining. The DJ said "This generation growing up is so used to having no privacy that it doesn't even effect them. They don't realise how new this stuff is. It just seems normal to them" - and this wasnt some radical leftist talk show, it was a classic rock station. And I've found this to be true throughout my life. In a vague, abstract sense they can understand that this isn't alright, that cops shouldn't be beating them, that work is exploitative. But the idea that any other world is possible, or has ever existed is completely beyond them.
Alright, now that I wrote this completely drawn post (long enough that I wouldnt read it.) to ask a simple question, how the hell is it that anarchism is stuck in a predominately youth ghetto when everything in my life has pointed to them being the least radical? How come we can't get passed the generational gap, and if its going to exist, why the hell is it so backward? I'm going to assume growing up in the working poor has something to do with it, but there has to be more to it than that.
P.S. I know this sounds like anti-youth pessimism, not my intention. I'm optimistic, I just dont get the demographics. I also realise that I sounded like a concerned citizen liberal, but I'm too lazy to mix in some molotovs and wildcat strikes.