This is how history happens.
Forty years ago, the young overthrew the entrenched and remade society in its image -- and now they are the old and entrenched, and want to ensure their own permanence at the top of the pecking order. History, evolution, progress -- doesn't happen that way, with the entrenched few allowed to ensure their own survival at the expense of the greater society's.
A great part of the quandary of these times is that with the union seniority system, a lot of the venerable institutions only have the leaders of the past who are now merely clinging on to life and their glorious past -- and the new and the young, the vital engine of society, is largely shut out. Meanwhile, as time moves on, the entrenched become older and more enfeebled, more cut off from the youthful because they are more threatened each day -- and cannot compete with the new. So it is just a matter of time before there is the first breach and then all the institutions that defined a previous era begin to fall -- more likely evaporate.
The most visible are the media, schools, universities. With the newspapers, readership and now advertising is falling with no relief in sight. So there is a shrinking or at least stagnate pool and seniority rules require that they keep those who are paid the highest, do the least, and are the most incompetent. In many of these union jobs, although 10 people are hired to perform a job -- one guy does all the work while the other 9 "supervise" in some "administrative" or titular capacity.
The emerging alternatives are the bloggers, the electronic forums, all the creative energy not just doing it for the money but because they just want to -- indicative of their passion and talent for doing so, because that's what they were meant to do. They're an unstoppable force. That's the first arena for this cultural change that is well underway and already a foregone conclusion -- because in a war or revolution, you cannot lock out the talent and energy on the outside, and not expect that they will not beat down their doors and blow away whatever resistance can still be mustered.
The schools and universities are much more institutionalized and because they are much more protected enclaves, have even less survival skills to compete in a free and open market that does not ensure their government protected monopoly. Most of these people were not there on the leading edge bringing about the revolution forty years ago -- but were quick to move in once they recognized that the old no longer existed. They were merely opportunists.
So in the next revolution, they cannot recognize all the signposts of how fundamental change comes about -- and will repeat the mistakes of the previous revolution.
We already see it happening at the University of Hawaii -- where a very vocal, demanding minority (liberal studies) wants to rule the university and impose their own interests on the others, who are going about their business doing research or teaching classes. But the radical, leftist fringe wants to impose their political correctness on all the others. Its not the first wave but the last gasp -- of the 60s revolution; thats how far theyre behind -- one generation. The next revolution is not simply a repeat of the last revolution. It is something entirely new. So these self-appointed leaders, are not the leading edge of the next revolution but the tail end of the last, soon to be obsolete revolution. And thats why such people hope that history always repeats itself -- because they are fully prepared and in position, to be the new leaders in the last revolution.