There is a change in the air that people from all walks of life are noticing, consider this headline from Breitbart:
by PAM KEY, 1 May 2018
Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said “a great conservative revolution” started with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump.
Blackburn said, “Things are looking great, and we’re out and about and working hard and working smart. And that is what we’re going to have to do. I think everybody realizes a great conservative revolution started in this country with the 2016 elections. ”
She continued, “People voting to drain the swamp, to return to being a government of, by and for the people, to returning to invigorating that American dream for families and individuals.
But nowhere is this breath of fresh air more interesting than it is in the demographic group just now entering adulthood, read this op-ed excerpt found on American Thinker:
Through the Eyes of Gen Z By Johnathan Jett May 1, 2018 American Thinker.com
Whether you are on the right, on the left, or independent, you can’t help but notice the cultural divide not just in the United States, but also in Europe. As this battle of personalities and ideas rages across the spectrum of social communication, there is a generational change taking place that has gone mostly unnoticed in the national discussion.
Today, the modern narrative we see is often driven by older generations. For example, Bernie Sanders is a member of the Silent Generation, Donald Trump is a Baby Boomer, and Jay-Z is of the Gen X era. Millennials, often the butt of everyone’s jokes, are now also getting their footing in the mainstream culture. The Daily Wire’s conservative owner, Ben Shapiro, and the left-leaning creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, are two who come to mind.
Of all these generations, each tends to lean more strongly to one side in the issues. Gen X, for example, tended to be more individualistic, while Millennials are well known for their leftward bend. However, something often overlooked is the generation following Millennials – Gen Z. According to research, Gen Z breaks the mold of a gradual move toward leftism and seems to be surprisingly conservative. As a member of Gen Z (born 1998), I can attest that this is true.
This might seem strange to older generations – why would a generation whose members live on their phone and in a culture that panders to the left of the political and social spectrums not automatically be more leftist in its orientation? The answer lies in social media itself. While older generations were beholden to the national media giants, notably CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, members of Gen Z have had social media at their fingertips practically since birth. As a result of the wide variety of opinions and commentators present on this new platform, Gen Z tends to be more free-thinking than previous generations.
- According to The Center for Generational Kinetics (CGK), “Gen Z has a conservative view of debt – 29% believe that personal debt should be reserved for a few select items and 23% believe it should be avoided at all costs.”
- An article in the U.K. Marketing Weekly stated, “A survey of almost 2,000 UK adults finds that on issues such as same-sex marriage, transgender rights and marijuana legalisation, 59% of Gen Z respondents describe their attitudes as being between ‘conservative’ and ‘moderate.'”
That is not to say that all people in my generation automatically bend to the right, as is demonstrated by the Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist, David Hogg. However, the rising popularity of figures such as Dr. Jordan Peterson and Dennis Prager demonstrates a renewed interest in the enlightenment and traditional liberalism. This becomes even more surprising when you consider that most of the educational system tends to lean to the left. Certainly, this fact pays testament to the freedom of ideas that has been provided by social media – despite many of the big corporations’ attempts to squash right-leaning outlets.
Something that I think has further led to Gen Z’s embrace of traditional values is some of the Millennials’ inclination towards fairly extreme leftist positions. The notion of people switching their sex on a whim and hormone treatments for young kids are good examples. The anti-male voices within third-wave feminism have further turned off young women who like young men. In short, the anti-science, anti-reason, and just generally anti-fun positions the left promulgates have turned off many younger people and made them open to at least hearing the positions of many on the right.
Read “Through the Eyes of Gen Z” in its entirety at American Thinker
One young lady who was organizing a student walkout to protest for Gun Control and student safety wrote about how she was forced to examine her own preconceptions about her generation when she found that many of her peers did not share her group’s enthusiasm for liberal causes; indicating that it is not a sure thing that Generation Z will continue to follow in the move to the left as demonstrated by Gen x and the subsequent Millennial generation.
By RILEY STEVENSON • 30 April 2018
People are quick to say that my generation, Generation Z, which has been touted the generation of ‘millennials on steroids,’ are more progressive and liberal than our parents, but I can honestly say that this is not the environment I have encountered.
[…]In our political climate, there is no reason to raise your voice without first lowering it. There is no good in speaking above one another. There is no good in refusing to compromise. By arguing this way, nothing changes. We cannot attempt to solve anything unless we first choose to put ourselves equal to one another. Even the playing field. Abandon what we once thought to be the only right way.
It would appear that in contrast to Gen X and Millennial groups who seem to be demanding their way or no way–complete acquiescence to the progressive socialist cult ideology–Gen Z seems more ready to consider all sides of a question, more open to discussion and debate.