Many of us have done our share of hand-wringing over the growing political and social polarization of our political climate as a great many people seem to focus on increasingly smaller and more petty issues.
Whether it’s third person gender pronouns or the grievous mistake of referring to an Asian person as oriental to the bizarre academic assertion that people of color cannot be bigots; the great divide generated by identity politics has ripped communities apart. Progressive liberals will even tear each other’s throats out in their constant effort to drive the “Progressive Stack” through the stratosphere.
For the uninitiated, the progressive stack is a victimhood hierarchy invented by progressive scabs during the Occupy Wallstreet protests where people were only allowed to take up a speaking platform in accordance with the oppression faced by their group. The ideas or expertise they possessed was not a consideration.
To put it simply, if there was an overweight gay black woman; a straight black man; and a straight white woman- all of whom wanted to speak – they would only be allowed to speak in the order listed. It wouldn’t matter if the gay black man was a university professor with a history of activism and the gay black woman was a bus driver: she would talk first.
Feel free to get a coffee and let your head stop spinning before reading on.
Millennials, and the New World Disorder
It’s become a major point of concern that the Millennial generation, (those born between the years 1980 and 2000), have a marked sympathy to ideas akin to the bafflingly divisive Progressive Stack. A great deal of research has emerged indicating that millennials are quite prone to be supportive of identity politic issues such as anything that grants a person placement on the Stack.
This is not surprising. However, as the cultural divide between conservatives and the array of political attitudes which have commandeered the Rainbow as their banner (not a symbol, that I’m terribly anxious to surrender), it’s becoming increasingly clear that millennials have not been entirely taken over by Cultural Marxist ideas. As the culture war ramps up, many conservative millennials have begun to make their voices heard.
Millennials don’t divide down issue lines as strictly as previous generations. Certainly, there are many very loud individuals who do- such as the very racist low-level academics who attack all white people as entitled racists.
Many more millennials actually hold an interesting mixture of classical liberal views, and conservative views. For example, an average millennial may support gun rights, they may understand the historical meaning and purpose of the Constitution. At the same time, such a person may also support the rights of gays to have equal protection under the law.
Millennials may also support the freedom of religion. They may protest excessive fines on bakers that will not cater to same-sex weddings. They might also be more skeptical about the idea that women and minorities are oppressed.
It is quite well known after all, that “Black Lives Matter” has supported the making of false reports. Millennials may also doubt the claim that women earn 79 percent the amount men make, and in fact most economists do too.
So the reigning perception of millennials as progressives might stem from the assumption that young people tend to lean toward the liberal side of the spectrum. But when comparing young people today to young people in earlier decades, a higher percentage are now conservative.
Rise of the Independent
The data revealed a sizable ongoing shift in American’s political affiliations shifting toward increasingly independent- which in the aggregate might mean a more conservative total population.
In 1989, just 30 percent of adults identified as independent. By 2014 that number rose to 46 percent.
A 2 percent change means 5 million people. What’s more, 13 out of the 46 presidential elections in U.S. history were decided by only 4% of the vote.
Fifty-nine percent of millennials identify as politically independent, which is very significant for politics as the parties find it increasingly difficult to reach millennial voters.
Political attitudes are indicative of American values. They shape the future of our social, economic, and geopolitical policies. So understanding these changes in the political climate across time and generations may be of help when we try to better understand where our nation is headed, and why.
But it may be safe to say that toxic attitudes toward whites, business, and traditional ideals, in general, have fueled the response of younger generations as they become more aligned with conservative values.