IMMATURITY

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We live in an age when wanting to change the world is an EMBARRASSMENT, (unless you're President Bush and you have a "vision"; that's something to consider, why is he not embarrassed?).

Maybe that's why activist groups that engage in confrontational and disruptive politics often are accused of immaturity, of acting out, of confusing politics with psychotherapy. Their desire for real change hardly fits given conditions that either overwhelm in their utter badness or are above reproach—outside of a few nips and tucks here and there—due to the sense that what we've got here in the U.S. is about as good as it gets.

Whether voiced by the cynical or the complacent, the mantra seems to be the same: "grow up."

In Herbert Marcuse's rendering, regression was important to the task of liberation.

See MATURITY.

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