changing priorities

For Youths' Sake, Reshape Economic Policy

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Brexit: Younger British voters chose to stay in the E.U. but were outvoted by the older generation.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The economic and political future of millennials is being determined by older generations. And if something does not change soon, prospects for the future – a more equitable society, a healthy environment and a representative political system – are in danger.

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    • After the 2008 global financial crisis, the author argues that not enough was done to encourage sustainable, inclusive economic growth.
    • Poor economics have translated to messy politics, with increasing partisan polarization and general distrust in the establishment.
    • The author believes that millennials must also become more active and hold politicians to account; while almost three-quarters of younger voters in Britain voted to remain in the European Union, only a third actually turned out to vote.
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Once again, young people have gotten the short end of the political stick. The outcome of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum is but another reminder of a yawning generational divide that cuts across political affiliation, income levels, and race.

Almost 75 percent of UK voters aged 18 to 24 voted to remain in the European Union, only to have the “Leave” vote imposed on them by older voters. And this is just one of several ways in which millennials’ economic future, and that of their children, is being determined by others.

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