Corbyn, Sanders, Melanchon Show The Kids Aren’t All Right

Corbyn, Sanders, Melanchon Show The Kids Aren’t All Right, by Ben Shapiro.

Josh Kraushaar … makes an even more important point: the youth vote in Britain went overwhelmingly for Corbyn:

Corbyn’s sur­pris­ingly-com­pet­it­ive show­ing was fueled by young voters, who ral­lied be­hind Labor by a whop­ping 34-point mar­gin (63-29 per­cent), ac­cord­ing to Brit­ish exit polling. For all the fears of creep­ing na­tion­al­ism, it’s the grow­ing dis­con­tent of the mil­len­ni­al vote that’s been a con­sist­ent theme in re­cent West­ern elec­tions. … Many young voters are re­ject­ing cap­it­al­ism en­tirely, at­trac­ted to rhet­or­ic prom­ising free tu­ition and a gen­er­ous so­cial safety net at a time when many are strug­gling to make ends meet. Nu­mer­ous stud­ies also show young­er voters are much more skep­tic­al to­wards the value of demo­cracy than their eld­ers.

Kraushaar rightly points out that 27 percent of young French voters fell for an actual communist, Jean-Luc Melanchon; in the United States, democratic socialist Bernie Sanders drew “more under-30 voters than Clinton and Trump combined.” …

After two generations of peace and wealth:

We live at a unique time in human history: war between major powers is almost inconceivable, and despite economic worries, the vast majority of people are employed … Yes, terrorism is a threat, as is multiculturalism — but the far left isn’t pledging to do anything about any of that.

No, what we have is an entire generation of Westerners brought up to believe that prosperity and freedom are the norm, a given, background noise — and that the next mission for which they should fight is redistributionism. Income inequality is the next Rubicon to cross — and it springs from the same origins as racism and sexism and bigotry: Western civilization.

That perspective isn’t springing from disillusionment. It’s springing from an existential meaninglessness taught by two generations of parents who abandoned traditional values in favor of secularism, and now are surprised to find their secular children and grandchildren embracing transformative Marxism as a way to animate their lives. …

People want meaning. … The West failed to teach its children meaning. The children found their own meaning in Marxism. And so we appear ready to re-embrace the horrors of the past — unless we get to work teaching young Westerners that they are part of a fight for liberty and freedom and responsibility rather than transformative, crushing redistributionism.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific