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  •  My dear Kazmarov, well done. (9+ / 0-)

    I get stuck on the idea that most folks here at Daily Kos
    are much closer to my age,
    57,
    than to your age,
    22,
    which is true,
    most of us are,
    but all the more reason
    to sit up and take notice
    when someone as young as you
    steps up and shows us old geezers
    what you've got.

    And you have enough,
    enough to at least get started.

    I grew up
    wasting time.

    I'm so glad
    that you're growing up
    educating yourself
    here at Daily Kos.

    Maybe you do this already,
    but one thing that truly helps me
    to understand who I'm interacting with here,
    is to click on the username
    of any Daily Kos user
    that gets me curious.

    I clicked on yours,
    and found that you've been blogging here
    since you were 18 years old,
    in 2008.

    You have the green party,
    and government by consensus
    mentioned in your profile.

    Check my sig line,
    and click on the link in my sig line,
    to find the greenest thing you can do,
    something I did in 1977.

    Contraception,
    with surgical sterilization as the most effective means,
    that's the foundation
    of all green strategy.

    But we need consensus on that.

    Click on my username,
    and that of others that catch your attention.

    We are,
    here at Daily Kos,
    wrapped up in groups
    and personalities.

    That may not be for the best,
    but that's who we are.

    As I write this,
    I realize,
    I need to go back,
    more often,
    and write about my greatest passion,
    overpopulation.

    Glad you gave me this chance to chat.

    Keep up the good work.

    By the way,
    for nine years,
    I was a hotel bellman,
    so that story truly connects
    with me.

    Thanks again.

    •  I am glad to be here, and to share what I have (5+ / 0-)

      In the political environment I live in, I am often the only representative from my generation. When I wrote letters for the Obama campaign in 2008 when I was 17, I was in a group with people in their fifties and sixties. There was a youth group, but I was not one for working in schools and rocking the vote. It is a great shame that the most progressive generation in history- in gay rights, in international awareness, in critiquing authority- is the generation that is most disinterested in social movements and making politics work.

      I actually recently made a post on reddit when posed with the problem of overpopulation. My response is not strongly in either direction- I neither condone forced measures nor do I excuse present conditions.

      Overpopulation is something I rarely deal with head on, but on issues of desertification, water justice, and a generation of orphans in Africa, it is a factor. Clearly the path we are on is not ideal- we have enough problems, let alone another five billion people in mega-slums and ever more destructive famine. The key, in my eyes, is ending patriarchy and giving women a life where having many children is one option of many.

      "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -Albert Einstein

      by Kazmarov on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 02:53:41 AM PDT

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