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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 August 2009

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Leaving education - freedom! No more homework! Making your own way in the world! Independence! Get a job. Oh no, wait, I forgot about the biggest financial disaster since the 1930s. Suddenly, leaving education doesn't look quite such an inviting prospect. As usual, greedy capitalists got greedier and it's the ordinary people who end up suffering.

It's young people who are among those hit the hardest. Those 16-25 year olds currently seeking work, having been raised under the brutal consumerism that came in with Margaret Thatcher and the rest of her gang, are now being exposed to the flip side; vicious competition for menial jobs, and at the heart of it all, a basic social insecurity that comes from spending your entire life being told to buy, buy and buy some more.

What everyone needs, young people especially, is a job or education, and the space to develop as positive members of society. Unfortunately, capitalism dictates that we can't have jobs, must pay for education and should act like drones to line someone else's pocket.

Building a fighting alternative to this is vital for the lives of young people in this country and across the world.

Youth Fight for Jobs provides a way to fight for that alternative. The protests, demonstrations, petitions and everything else the members of the campaign do, will place pressure on politicians to do something that will help ordinary people and boost support for socialist policies as awareness of the failings of capitalism and the advantages of socialism is spread.

Fred Cotterill, Y11 school student, Bristol YFJ

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