Topic: Government & Politics
View Complete Topic List »
Showing 1–10 of 291
History professor Andrew Hartman argues that today’s “Millennial left” more closely resembles the 1930s “Old Left” than the 1970s “New Left.” He’s right: The ‘70s movement was led by Boomers who rebelled against cultural oppression and the Vietnam War, while the ‘30s movement was led by G.I.s who, coming out of the Great Depression, “sought a genuine alternative to capitalism.”
Wall Street regulators have agreed to rewrite the Volcker Rule, which sets limits on how banks can invest their own capital. The move highlights the Trump administration’s efforts to achieve desired (if limited) financial reform through agencies instead of relying on a gridlocked Congress.
Last November marked the first time that voters born 1946-1964 were outnumbered by voters born 1965 and later. While these data may give the impression that Millennials have finally arrived as impactful voters, the truth is that the surge in younger voters was fueled by record Gen-X participation.
In a Congressional race that was seen as a litmus test for both parties, Republican Karen Handel defeated 30-year-old Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th district. The loss sheds doubt on the presumption that President Trump’s poor approval rating will boost the Democratic candidate even in red states.
Contributor John Judis contends that, across the globe, “The Millennials Are Moving Left.” However, this is just half of the story: Young people worldwide are fleeing the center by flocking to far-left and far-right populist candidates who represent a departure from the status quo.
Fully 38% of Millennials with a significant other say that the current political environment has had a negative impact on their relationship, higher than the national average (29%). Many optimistic Millennials undoubtedly struggle to find common ground with partners who support the divisive commander-in-chief.
Following his landslide victory on Sunday, new French President Emmanuel Macron has become the latest Gen-X leader of a major world power. As contributor Paul Smalera notes, the generation that waited for its turn in the political spotlight is having its moment: “Some dropped out of the race, yes, but some quietly prepared for the day when they wouldn’t be beholden to the world that their elders created.”