It’s no secret that young people constitute the dynamic core of Ron Paul’s surprising popularity. The reasons are many. For one thing, there’s a new, deep distrust of big government felt throughout society, but especially by the young. Disapproval of DC’s wars is near universal, but young people, who are the ones who must fight these wars, feel an understandable urgency to rein in an out-of-control government that thinks it must run the world. Little wonder Paul receives more donations from active military personnel than any other candidate.
Young people are attracted to Ron Paul’s courageous stands against a ruling elite and its institutions, which they feel have betrayed them. Good jobs are hard to find. Many are saddled with crushing student loans.
Steve Sailer believes something new is taking shape, “the decline of the generation gap.” The young are no longer viewing their parents as the enemy. As Sailer reminds us, “to get organized, people need to be in opposition to somebody.” Without an external enemy, people find one at home. (See “American Civil War.”) And the rise of multiculturalism, says Sailer, is creating a new generational unity within ethnic groups.
Young people who imagine the older generation is their enemy are learning hard lessons about who’s who in an increasingly hostile, “multicultural” world. Here’s a vivid and VERY satisfying example:
A vicious Marxist gang known as “Antifa” has staged violence attacks all over Europe. The group calls itself “anti-racist” and targets members of right-wing groups. Members of the gang routinely cross national borders to commit violent assaults. One of the ongoing projects of the gang in Germany is to vandalize Thor Steinar clothing stores. The group claims that the Arab-owned clothing line caters to “Nazis” by putting Viking/Norse imagery on some of their t-shirts.
However, a group of Antifa gangbangers got some poetic justice when a mob of Kurdish immigrants stormed their Berlin gang house and brutally beat members with baseball bats. The attack occurred just days ago. The Kurdish immigrants simply wanted to attack some white people, any white people.
The newspaper quotes a white female “with dreadlocks” as saying she is leaving the area for fear of “Kurdish and Arab mafia.” The newspaper states “the left’s worldview is faltering.”
Savor that last clause: “the left’s worldview is faltering.” The more your ideology clashes with reality, the harder reality is going to hurt. The “Antifa” saw themselves as noble, altruistic whites. The Kurd gang, however, only saw whites.
As Dr. Samuel Huntington has observed, “In the post-Cold War world flags count and so do other symbols of cultural identity, including crosses, crescents, and even head coverings, because culture counts, and cultural identity is what is most meaningful to most people. People are discovering new but often old identities and marching under new but often old flags which lead to wars with new but often old enemies.” The Age of Ideology is dead, and the Age of Culture has arrived.