The past 10 years have been fever-inducing due to certain societal demographics. We have all heard the term “Millennials” rampantly, and while many see these new-age, tech focused group of “free-thinkers” as the start of a bright and progressive future, others are realizing how extreme they happen to be. From Berkeley to New York, these progressive minds are showing just how far they are willing to go in order to stay relevant… Luckily, some Millennials are seeing the truth, and have not fallen prey to the thought controlling left. But what comes next? What does the next generation of voters mean to us? How will they affect the future?
Generational leaps affect mindset and stance in many ways. For example, it has been found that Generation X saw the rise of moderation in politics, then Millennials and Generation Y turned out to be situated on the left side of the political spectrum. Why is this important? Well, it shows us a pattern. What comes after moderate and far-left? Generation Z has the answer, and no, it is not “far-right”.
It can be argued that a persons parents affect the way they turn out politically. If your parents are one extreme, it is possible you could come out on the opposite side, or maybe you will fall directly in line with their worldview. According to a 2005 Gallup Poll, 7 in 10 teenagers keep roughly the same social and political beliefs as their parents. Similar research has found that absorbing your parents’ views early on strongly influences your political leanings as an adult. Here’s the important part:
The study relied on a 1988 survey of more than 8,500 families and a longitudinal survey taken between 2006 and 2008 of more than 3,000 families. The longitudinal study found that 51 percent of respondents rejected or misperceived their mothers’ political affiliation; a slightly larger percentage of respondents rejected their fathers’ beliefs in that study.
This longitudinal survey changed everything. It insinuated that children do not simply take on their parents views. Children are entering the world with a fresh perspective, and they draw their own conclusions accordingly. Even when they might agree with their parents on most things, as they grow older, their personal perspective will change based on their own beliefs. Christopher Ojeda, a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Center for American Democracy, weighed in on the study. “Transmission is not automatic. You can’t just assume your kid is going to be like-minded with you.”
Since many parents had been under the impression that their children took after their worldview instantaneously, there wasn’t much effort to help mold the child. That changed recently, and data is pointing in a different direction. The parents of Generation Z are more actively involved in their children’s opinions. That means these parents are actually molding their children’s political preference, something our nation hadn’t done since the 50’s and 60’s.
Can you blame them? On March 25th of this year, Eric Clanton, a college professor at Mt. Diablo College in California and former student and aide at San Francisco State University, was arrested for politically motivated violence at a Trump rally in Berkeley, CA. Clanton was using a U-shaped bike lock to bash Trump supporters over the head. March 26th was Eric Clanton’s arraignment date, and he plead not guilty to all counts, 3 of which were felony’s involving the use of deadly force. Video evidence is what Mr. Clanton is up against… That and a legion of free speech internet warriors, the same people who caught him in the first place.
This is just one story of a political activist and professor, politicizing their role in young peoples lives. What we are seeing now though, is those professors and activists being challenged, in a way they have not seen in a very long time. Classrooms are becoming a battleground in schools everywhere. 6-12th graders in the US are standing up for their own beliefs, instilled in part by their highly conservative parents. A student at San Juan Hills High School in San Juan, CA gave us a glimpse into her history class, “The teacher stated that we were acting like Facists by supporting President Trump.” Most of the students began trolling the teacher, pretending to do Nazi salutes, and asking if she was offended. Laughter ensued, according to the student, and the teacher had trouble regaining control of her class before finally saying, “I shouldn’t be having this conversation with you anyways, you won’t understand.”
Do you see the hypocrisy in that? This teacher found it acceptable to interject her political opinion while teaching a history class, before finally stating that the children won’t understand… Uhhh, no lady… You don’t understand. Generation Z is expected to be more loyal and driven, while holding more right-wing views due to their parents who were a part of the Conservative uprising of years past. So what happens next? Are these the people who will replace these progressive liberal professors? Are these the kids who will shape the future based on a moral high ground comprised in common sense conservatism? Time will tell, but if you aren’t the least bit interested in what direction this will lead, you are in for a wild ride. This type of pattern has been seen before in pre-anarchic societies. Clashing opinions that are so far from each other that compromise is a thing of the past. That being said, one thing we have going for us is how connected we all are.
Gen Z has the glorious opportunity to engage with other people from all over the world via the internet. The world is more connected than ever, and it seems we have gotten so used to it that it doesn’t even phase us. This new generation has the unique chance to see the world thru the eyes of others, thanks to live-streaming and instant communication. Unlike Millennials, whom only rise to the occasion when it is absolutely necessary, Generation Z appears to actively be engaging in political or controversial issues that matter most to the world.
While Millennials are busy engaging in discussions about Gender equality, white privilege and guilt, Gen Z is focusing on issues of security and safety. Furthermore, certain controversial and avoided topics, such as the murdering of Christians across the Middle East and Africa, are being discussed by these young truth-seekers. In many parts of the internet, Twitter specifically, issues like white identity and counter-progressiveness accompany these controversial topics, and it just progresses from there.
Whether you want to believe it or not, these are the topics that will matter in 5-10 years. The issues we have focused on in the past decade will fade into obscurity as the trends change again. Social issues that started out as memes will again become memes, thank God, and we will begin to see the truth behind topics that once defined human innovation.
I intend to continue to cover this topic, and welcome all people to engage in discussions regarding Generation Z. What is your opinion? Do you have any data that points in a different direction? Let me know!
Go watch the videos below. Now. Do it.
2005 Gallup Poll and 2006-2008 Longitudinal Survey:
The News on Conservatism
Gen Z Explained in a YouTube video:
Better Video: (Gen Z = GLOBAL COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS) — MUST WATCH
Conservative Christian Latino Straight Male Trump Supporter: