On April 3, when given an opportunity to counter the proposition that accepting campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry (nearly $6.9 million, according to Greenpeace) constrains her capacity to sincerely tackle the climate crisis, Hillary Clinton remarked that she “felt sorry for young people” and that they should “do their research.” On April 16, Bill Clinton jovially accused young students of wanting to “shoot every third person on Wall Street.” The implications of these comments are that young people are naive and fanatical; these comments exhibit a kind of ageist let-them-eat-cake-ery that reveals a basic misapprehension of who this demographic actually is.

Often depicted as self-absorbed and apathetic, young people have in reality been the principal collateral damage of neoliberalism. Not only are they poor, but as a result of impossible student debt burdens, no expectation of job security, falling real wages and the constant threat of impending global economic collapse, they are future poor. They are the most incarcerated generation in history (over 50 percent of people incarcerated in state prisons are between the ages of 20 and 30), living in a country where rising national debt levels are everywhere cited as the cause of crumbling infrastructure, and where nearly half of all young people admit to avoiding seeking medical treatment because the cost is prohibitive. For most millennials, their entire adulthood has been defined by permanent war, imbedded inequality, omnipresent poverty, routine corruption and a planet that isdying as they stand upon it. As the 2016 State of the Millennial report noted in its assessment of the challenges facing young people, “48 percent of Millennials now believe that the American Dream is dead.”

Read the Article at Truthout – Source: Like It or Not, the Democratic Party Now Must Answer to Millennials

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