It has been no secret in recent years that millennials have become a compelling voice in the political system of the United States. But as a new generation of voters struggles to reshape society in its image, it is worth taking a moment to consider the issues that are driving a new era of social activism and idealism.
Here are just a few of the biggest concerns of US citizens under the age of 40, and why more and more young people in the United States are making engagement with the political process a top priority.
As the effects of global warming become more and more apparent with each passing year, a significant number of millennials are struggling to come to terms with the impact of pollution on the environment. And at a time when state and federal agencies are spending billions of dollars to combat devastating wildfires in urban areas, despondency about lax environmental policies is becoming a major concern for a younger generation of voters within the US.
Stagnating Wages and Rising Living Costs
For many millennials living in the United States, the notion of achieving the kind of middle-class lifestyle once enjoyed by previous generations has come to feel like a very distant prospect. As they have grown into adulthood, millennials have watched as housing prices in major urban centers have skyrocketed; over this same period of time, however, wages earned by American workers have remained almost completely static. Among millennials, this jarring contrast between living costs and income standards has produced a generational sense of anxiety around issues related to retirement and homeownership.
For a generation that grew up in the shadows of a failed military intervention in Iraq and the worst economic downturn in the United States since the Great Depression, faith in society’s most powerful institutions are quickly approaching a breaking point. And as more and more millennials struggle to come to terms with a perceived lack of accountability on the part of the country’s leadership class, young voters are becoming increasingly receptive to the socialism-tinged political messages of candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. With the 2020 election season quickly approaching, that could spell very big changes ahead for the American political system indeed.
About The Author
Yuri Vanetik is a Political Coalition Builder, Private Investor, Philanthropist, and Entrepreneur that has become known as an expert in business and policy. In addition to working as the leader of Vanetik International, LLC, a corporate management consulting firm, for nearly 25 years of experience, Vanetik has also worked on several political campaigns. In addition to his political work in California, he was also in the state finance leadership for Late Senator McCain’s Kitchen Presidential Campaign. Yuri Vanetik has been featured in a variety of notable publications, including the Wall Street Journal, California Business Journal, Bloomberg Law, and Forbes.