Millennials: There’s Light At The End of This Tunnel
This change is seismic, but not permanent.
Millennials were born and bred in the era of globalism and liberal modernization. Whether you were a “Blair baby” or a “Clinton kid”, the 90s and early 00s was an era of significant change.
This change strove for a more open world, less borders and increased movement of people. Less rigidity in politics, more fluidity with hyped celebrity-like scandal to keep the media entertained.
With this in mind, 2016 was tough in its challenge to the only things we have known. Of course, in our naive minds, people would never vote to leave such a magnificent thing as the EU, or vote a reality TV star espousing right-wing populism into the Oval Office.
Of course we thought that, because we have shared in the proceeds of open borders and freer worlds. We have benefited, as millennials, while many others have not. Regardless, we have a right to be angry, and unfortunately it looks set to get worse.
Two of the world’s leading global powers shifted dramatically rightward in 2016. We lost Blair’s dream of more European integration, and the Obama legacy fell at the feet of an ultra-right Trump administration.
2017 will likely see the Matriarch of the Free World face increasing challenge from the far right in Germany. Too, if the polls are anything to go by Le Pen will scoop the presidency against a challenge of mediocre opposition.
What will this mean? Well, the centre-ground millennial dream of liberal expansion will only sink further. We will have stronger borders, the collapse of the European Union and a potential re-birth of the Cold War.
This change is seismic, but not permanent. It will be tough and millennials have a right to struggle with it, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. It will be our responsibility to sort this mess out in years to come, but it will take patience, vigilance and a great deal of gritting teeth.