Regarding the idea that Consensual Living (or UNoppressive, or non-coercive, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it, parenting), results in children who can't get jobs or find a way to rise above poverty -- that just sounds like another big dose of oppressive fear-mongering to me.
I personally think it would have the opposite effect. Of course, I can't provide proof, because neither I nor anyone I know has been raised without heavy doses of parental oppression in the form of coercion, pressure, and punishments. I can't even claim that my own children are growing up totally free from all that. I keep digging deeper, and finding layers of unsuspected oppressiveness, within my own parenting.
So ... about the only case I can make is that parental oppression sure hasn't made me rich. Every time you interfere with children's and young people's explorations, and keep directing them to the pursuits YOU feel are more useful, there's an increasing risk that they're going to end up totally out-of-sync with their own hunches, interests, and passions -- which, according to most entrepreneurs, are what you have to keep believing in to get rich.
To me, the reasoning that "we have to coerce/oppress our kids to prevent them from ending up in oppressive situations due to poverty," is a lot like the mainstream reasoning that parents have to force weaning, separation, and solitary sleeping arrangements so their children will be secure and independent.
Most parents here would agree that the opposite is true: children who are allowed to wean and separate from parents at their own paces, tend to be more secure and independent than those who were pushed.
Of course, how each of us sees this is going to be heavily influenced by our views of human nature. If we see our children as naturally inquisitive and eager to learn, and also eager to gain skills that will help them navigate the world and get the things they want, we're going to be less likely to let fear guide us in our parenting. We're going to apply our energies toward helping our children succeed in getting more and more of the things they want.
On the other hand, if we think the only way children will learn is if we push them, and provide positive reinforcements when they jump through the right hoops, and punishments when they dilly-dally -- then naturally we're going to have lots of fears that Consensual Living (or UN-oppressive parenting) is going to ruin our children's lives.
This weekend we visited my mom, and our 7yo was demonstrating how rapidly she could run on all fours. Mom kept saying, "I don't really see that as an accomplishment for a 7yo; I can think of lots of other things that would be an accomplishment." I jumped in and said I thought it was an accomplishment, because dd was going really fast.
Mom's comments (and subtle attempt to re-direct my dd toward pursuits that she -- Grandma -- would be impressed with) remind me of how underhanded oppression can be. It wasn't like my mom was directly saying, "Stop that!" and telling dd she HAD to do XYZ, or else.
She was just using dd's hunger for her attention and approval, to try to get her to jump through some Grandma-approved hoops that I'm sure she thought would really be "for dd's own good" in the long-run.
In a way, the underhanded oppression can sometimes be more powerful than the straightforward kind. When adults use blatant force to get kids to do what they want, at least the kids have no illusion that it was really their (the kids') idea in the first place.