[Ed. – Youth politics is the laziest form of identity politics.]
Later this month, high school kids will hold big demonstrations in Washington and elsewhere to demand gun control in the wake of the Parkland shootings. That’s fine by me. …
My problem is with the resurgence of an old American tradition of celebrating young people as inherently wiser and more moral than adults.
… [T]he simple fact is that young people are not, as a group, better informed, wiser, smarter or even more enlightened than older people. This is a fact of science and social science alike. We are born ignorant of the world we live in and only lose that ignorance over time.
“To all the generations before us,” Cameron Kasky, one of the Parkland survivors recently said on HBO’s Real Time, “we sincerely accept your apology. We appreciate you’re willing to let us rebuild the world that you f___ed up.”
I get the passion. I get the rage and trauma behind it. But this nonsense is as pernicious as it is obnoxious (I’ve apologized for nothing, by the way, have you?). It’s also not true.