No longer the new kids on the block, Millennials have moved firmly into their 20s and 30s, and a new generation is coming into focus. Generation Z – diverse and on track to be the most well-educated generation yet – is moving toward adulthood with a liberal set of attitudes and an openness to emerging social trends.
On a range of issues, from Donald Trump’s presidency to the role of government to racial equality and climate change, the views of Gen Z – those ages 13 to 21 in 2018 – mirror those of Millennials. In each of these realms, the two younger generations hold views that differ significantly from those of their older counterparts. In most cases, members of the Silent Generation are at the opposite end, and Baby Boomers and Gen Xers fall in between.
They are like the Millennials, only even more so, which is a scary thing indeed for the future. Scary but not unexpected; this is what happens when the left enjoys a near complete stranglehold over all levels of education as well as culture and entertainment. Culture wars matter. Too many people on the right don’t want to know about it or get involved. But as Trotsky once said, you might not be interested in war but war is most certainly interested in you. And your children.
It’s also true that Gen Z was growing up not just with the left in schools and in the media but also in politics. They are the children of Obama in the United States, of Blair and Brown in the United Kingdom, and of Rudd and Gillard in Australia. They are too young to remember much specific about the Global Financial Crisis, except perhaps that it scared their parents and therefore it unsettled them too; from everywhere else they have learned that capitalism was the culprit and government the solution and the saviour.
All this doesn’t just make more of today’s under-21s left wing than those older than them – it also makes those under-21s who identify themselves as on the right more left than the rest of the right:
Among Republicans and those who lean to the Republican Party, the generational divides are even starker. Roughly half (52%) of Gen Z Republicans say they think the government should be doing more to solve problems, compared with 38% of Millennial Republicans and 29% of Gen Xers. About a quarter of Republican Baby Boomers (23%) and fewer GOP Silents (12%) believe the government should be doing more.
Among Democrats, however, these generational divides largely disappear. Roughly eight-in-ten Gen Z (81%) and Millennial Democrats (79%) say the government should do more to solve problems, as do about seven-in-ten Democratic Gen Xers, Boomers and Silents.
(Nota bene, it still doesn’t make sense to me that Gen Y, born between 1981 and 1996, are called the Millennials, instead of Gen Z, who were actually born on each side of the turn of the millennium.)
The deadliest of the Mexican cartels, Los Zetas (the Zs), which is made up of the former special forces, army, security and police personnel, supposedly owns it name to the fact that “nothing comes after Z”. If Gen Z keeps going the woke way it’s going, I dread to think what comes after, if anything.