Every generation is defined by its struggles. Whether the generation endures through war, economic depression, or fighting for human rights, hardship and the prevailing over it is what tests a people and their values. By examining the struggle of the millennial generation, or the lack of real threats, we can understand their position and seek to find common grounds with them, no matter how unlikely that may seem.
On Their Hostility
The parents of the radical left millennials protested the Vietnam War and lived through the Cold War, two serious and world-altering events. While I would never protest the military and treat the returning veterans in the manner they did, the protests against government intervention and the draft were valid and reasonable. It was a time of shifting values and of real change. Love, sex and drugs were freely given and shared and narcissism was the prescribed response to the overwhelming sense of shame and guilt that hampered this generation when they compared themselves to their parents, the greatest generation.
After the Vietnam war, their parents lived under the shadow of global nuclear war during the Cold War. Fearing each day may be their last, they lost faith and abandoned religion and adopted a nihilistic approach that was dictated by the failings of mankind, government and their neighbors. Most people today don’t realize how close the world was to being plunged into a nuclear winter, and this ignorance will lead to the next Cold War.
The grandparents of the radical left millennials endured World War II and the Korean War. This generation was comprised of masculine men and feminine women with established gender roles to better serve their society and contribute to the war effort. The sense of honor with the men was prevalent among the Americans, British, French, Germans, Italians, and Japanese, and drove the men who could not fight to suicide. The sense of duty with the women spurred them to take up the blue collar jobs that the men abandoned when they left to fight. This generation suffered through the Great Depression before this world war, starving and without hope. They left the frying pan and flung themselves into the fire because they had the strength to do so from the hardships they endured.
The current radical left has no such enemy to fight, no such cause to protest. The world is almost as close to nuclear war as it was at the height of the Cold War, but that is not what they protest. The lack of an enemy to fight causes them to create an enemy to fight. Their predecessors fought real racial segregation, they fought for women’s rights that they did not have at the time, they fought to close a gender wage gap that did exist at the time. Now, all of these problems have been solved, leaving an entire generation with no hardship to overcome and no meaning to identify with. They have no war to fight between nations, so instead they wage a war of ideology.
This sense of inferiority when compared to past generations will stain the new generation. Their hostility arises out of the need to have an enemy to fight and their radicalism stems from the lack of a self-identified enemy. We have seen first hand the insanity that can possess a person who has lived without struggle and yearns for a greater purpose.
On Their Weak Arguments
Past generations had strong leaders no matter what side of a conflict or protest they found themselves on. American men fought real fascism and communism to protect democracy and capitalism. They had clear evidence of why they needed to fight, and strapped their boots on and got to work.
Now, the arguments for the weakest generation is given to them by people with ulterior motives through the education system and the media. They cannot think for themselves and form their own arguments because there is no clear enemy, no right and wrong that everyone around them can easily see. The single greatest failing of the new generation is the complete ignorance of history. If they don’t know the basic history of communism, fascism and feminism, how can they form a coherent argument against it or for it?
The form of corporatism that dominates the United States has spread its veiled tentacles to every sector of public and private life. The monopolies control the textbook content and dispersal, the lobbyists prevent education reform, and the teachers that have no concept of history or geopolitics spread their ignorance to their students, stunting their growth.
It should be absolutely alarming with the fact that this is the most literate generation, yet the most uninformed. Corporatism, or the globalists, or the elites, have realized that controlling information is how they can retain power over the population. They have realized that they cannot defeat the powers of democracy and our representative republic through direct conflict, and have instead opted to destroy us from within through an unimaginable national debt, a divided people with no values and a propensity for obesity, and the destruction of the ideas that the United States was founded upon.
I do not believe that all of these radical leftists are truly aware of what they are doing. The term ‘useful idiots’ has never been more appropriate than in our current political climate.
On Finding Common Ground
While you should avoid identifying as a victim with every fiber of your being, let us take a moment to be sympathetic to the new generation and realize their struggles that they do not often realize. They have been born into broken families, and those that don’t come from divorced parents and broken households saw both parents working full-time jobs. They have been steered away from any form of religion and ridiculed by their peers and the media if they are a part of an organized religion. Their innate masculine and feminine values have been reversed, inverted and mutilated beyond recognition. They spend their entire formative years and early adult life in an education system that does not educate, but indoctrinates, leaving them with useless knowledge, thoughts that are not their own and tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and their best years wasted. They have abandoned marriage and the family in fear of the divorce that their parents and peers experienced.
For any man or woman of worth, these are hardships to be overcome. Unfortunately, these hardships are not recognized by the common culture we share, leaving this weaker generation to fend for themselves as individuals rather than for a collective good. Any attack on free speech, as seen too often in their protests, must be met with quick and effective retaliation. On other issues, however, we must show compassion and sympathy for our fellow countrymen. We should strive to see them prosper and succeed, for a rising tide lifts all boats.
If we cannot find common ground with the radical left, we must try and create it. Shift the focus away from topics that have been debunked time and time again, like the gender wage gap or gay rights, for these battles have already been won. Shift the focus to rebuilding the family, restoring the birth rate, reducing national and individual debt, preparing for the coming war with China, disarming nuclear weapons, unleashing alternative energy, regulating artificial intelligence, and combating global governance. All of these are topics that are of such significance and affect everyone that they can make the weakest generation into the most important and pivotal generation that has the potential to decide the course of mankind. We live in a time of nearly unlimited potential for both good and evil, and I hope to adequately address all of these topics and more in due time.