What’s cool and what’s not in politics? In short, being liberal is cooler than ever and right wing ideologies are dying out fast. Today’s young people are almost exclusively liberal with the exception of a few radical ideologies that cultivate in groups of social outcasts. For a few brief years, libertarians influenced dissociated youths with their rebellious rhetoric and nihilistic flare, but the tide is rapidly turning. Young people now understand that government is necessary and virtuous, and the age old criticisms of state power have become tedious and predictable. Young people are firmly aligned with many of today’s progressive agendas; they are strongly in favor of student assistance programs, relaxation of abortion laws, strong regulations for businesses and universal healthcare. Liberalism is spreading faster than ever on college campuses, and progressive views are weaving their way into the social fabric.
Challenging these beliefs on trendy college campuses could not only get you funny looks, it could also destroy your chance of getting a date. Guys need to be particularly careful not to adopt cavalier and backward attitudes toward women’s rights as young women now have strong preferences on abortion and gender equality in the workplace. A single foot wrong could get you into serious trouble, and word spreads fast. Attending an occupy wall street protest will establish you as a bold and fearless activist, and will surely get you noticed. Turning up to a party in a “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt will attract fierce opposition by liberal activists and will be an instant turn off for almost all college girls. NOBODY wants to be associated with uptight right winders and conspiracy hacks. The only way to be cool is to be liberal, and some right wingers are learning this the hard way through repeated isolation and rejection.
The Future for College Liberals
So what about work aspirations? Isn’t it cool to work for a big corporation or start your own company? Well, not as much as you might think. NGOs funded by liberal foundations such as the Clinton Foundation now offer some of the most desired career opportunities for young people. After all, young people are interested in helping people and changing society, and what better way to do that than work for an awesome NGO? In addition to the exciting work, young people are also attracted to the travel opportunities offered by sweet NGO gigs. Also, despite the impression you might get from the young libertarian minority, working for the government is becoming cool too. Working for the government and getting a government pension may be looked down upon by many right wingers, but that’s part of what makes it so cool and rebellious. It’s a big middle finger to all of the uptight rednecks and nerdy libertarians who want radical downsizes in government, and it’s a clear statement of their support for radical political action and intervention in the economy.
Liberals have a strong sense of entitlement, but it’s important to distinguish this from selfishness. Liberals are very clear that they want the government to provide welfare and assistance to all those who need it, not just themselves. Liberals don’t discriminate – they want resources to be distributed according to need and needs alone. Liberals are also energetic and opinionated. This often startles and upsets right wingers who usually come from strict authoritarian families. Right wingers have lost touch with their feelings and emotions through decades of harsh discipline and social ostracism. People on the right need to let go of their archaic patriarchal beliefs and start adopting the views of the future. Liberals dream of an equal society in which the world’s resources are distributed according to their virtuous preferences, and the more people start believing in this dream, the closer we get to making it a reality.