Polling shows that millennials and Generation Z are embracing socialism more than their elders. Young voter support of Democratic Socialism has its roots in the Occupy Wall Street Movement of 2011.
This movement led by college students, brought income inequality to the forefront of young minds, showcasing how big banks and private business could easily escape the financial perils everyday hardworking Americans could not.
Occupy’s chief accomplishment was changing the conversation by giving Americans a new mantra—the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Democrats like Senator Bernie Sanders took notes.
Senator Sanders’ and his acolyte, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez are amplifying Democratic Socialist ideals. They’re calling for a living wage, universal basic income, high quality healthcare for all and policy solutions that address our endangered environment.
As a millennial and person of color, the crossroads of politics, race, and economics rarely give me hope. Like many within my age group, I understand the need for policy solutions that answer my generation’s most persistent problems like: racial inequality, immigration policy, healthcare access, and student loan debt.
However, the most popular ideas are coming from those left of center.
Let’s get to the point:
Millennials and Generation Z will be 37 percent of the electorate in 2020 and their voices will not be ignored.
Younger voters are demanding policy solutions to growing income inequality and are backing the socialist politics that can end it.