Youth violence

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Fri Apr 23 11:19:12 PDT 1999

Tavia wrote:

>I'm also interested in what people think of Mike Males' writings on 'The
>Scapegoat Generation' which argues that young people are an increasingly
>demonized segment of society and are blamed for almost every social ill
>(drugs, crime, welfare abuse) while at the same moment being one of the
>most vulnerable and attacked segment in society.

I think Males is absolutely right about the demonization of young people. But he's really nuts on the geezer issue - he returns the favor by demonizing Social Security recipients as hogging resources at the expense of kids. DuBoff & Herman sent me a paper they did recently showing that in his latest book Males seriously misquoted several LA Times stories to make his point. I'd give more details, but I can't find the damn thing right now.


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