27 12 10 - 07:06Typical modern situation: discover "problems," suggest "solutions," all without touching the underlying problem.
Hessel's book argues that French people should re-embrace the values of the French resistance, which have been lost, which was driven by indignation, and French people need to get outraged again. "This is an appeal to citizens, young and old, to take responsibility for the things in our society that don't work," he said. "I wish every one of you to find your own reason for indignation. It's precious." Hessel's reasons for personal outrage include the growing gap between the very rich and the very poor, France's shocking treatment of its illegal immigrants, the need to re-establish a free press, protecting the environment, the plight of Palestinians and the importance of protecting the French welfare system. He calls for peaceful and non-violent insurrection. - The Guardian
The French Resistance had a clear-cut goal: resist occupation.
When there's no occupation, you manufacture an occupier so that you can keep that simplistic worldview alive.
Thus, we get typical liberalism: the problem MUST BE the "oppression" of our least fortunate and least competent.
It conveniently dovetails with protecting benefits for all those low-paid people, whose labor mainly benefits the wealthier urban intellectual. But don't mention that.
Never mind asking the vital question: how did such social rot get into place, and how could we redesign society to avoid it?
Enjoy your fallout from 1789, France.