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  • Issue #307

    July 23rd, 2014

    Ivan Weiss

    Clueless rich kids on the rise: How millennial aristocrats will destroy our future

    Republican Congressional candidate Weston Wamp, 27, is the son of former Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp, who once suggested that states might need to secede if Obamacare were passed.

    Republican Congressional candidate Weston Wamp, 27, is the son of former Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp,who once suggested that states might need to secede if Obamacare were passed.

    Prevailing neoliberal ideology, which perverts capitalism as an economic system into capitalism as an unyielding political ideology, lurks in the shadows of almost every major issue in America, though nowhere is its influence more obvious or profound than in the spiraling rise of income and wealth inequality today. And right on cue, enter stage left — a fresh new wave of (many wealthy) millennial Congressional candidates. Enthusiastic and idealistic, these young Americans paradoxically promote a style of bland, Washington Consensus politics, what Pennsylvania House candidate (and proud millennial) Nick Troiano has billed “radical centrism.” As a generation generally lauded for our commitment to civil service, noted for our love of structure, and gently mocked for our aversion to risk-seeking, surely we must be the perfect generation to fix America’s broken politics… Right? Unfortunately, probably not. Our political system, where the cost of running for national office is prohibitively high for candidates of any age, is almost certain to bend further and further toward affluent candidates in coming years. On its own, this is troubling enough as it threatens the credibility and productivity of our democracy. But when considering the political views of affluent millennials—and the rest of the generation more generally—an ominous trend emerges. Tim Donovan, Salon, 7-21-14.


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