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And what does this mean for the future of politics?
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it's just that Mr Corbyn... he is so dreamy :heart: :fan:
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It means that once all the oldies die off we will probably end up back in the EU
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Well your wrong let's face it most young people don't vote.

And look at this sight the majority are right wing leave voters like me
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Well your wrong let's face it most young people don't vote.

And look at this sight the majority are right wing leave voters like me
the majority are voting for labour. They always come top in TSR polls.
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the majority are voting for labour. They always come top in TSR polls.
Yes but if you add the ukip vote onto the conservative vote they are ahead
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Not a new thing, it's a cliche. "If you're not a liberal by the time you're 20 you have no heart. If you're still a liberal by the time you're 40 you have no head" (c.19th century) etc etc

Young people want to look after each other and tend towards idealism. Old people are bitter and whiny I suppose.
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raised in a different culture. 40 years ago when my Father was going to school, there weren't any indians, blacks or eastern europeans just casually walking down the high street. there's also the internet now. generally, we got smarter, so we turned left ; )))))))))
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And what does this mean for the future of politics?
The young are more to the left than the old but they move further to the right as they get older. The effect is small but has a big multiplying effect.Read this:

https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...g-old-politics

Other factors are: (a) older people are more likely to vote and (b) there is an increasing proportion of older people.
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Someone once summarised the way different ages view technology in away that could be translated to politics:
Anything made before you're 15 is just part of everyday life.
Everything made when you're between 15 and 35 is something new and exciting you could get a career in.
Everything made after you're 35 violates the natural order of things.

This is pretty susinct with politics, almost all the decisions made before you're 15 are just how you grew up. Then after you start becoming more politically aware and see issues you want to change (change is generally more of a left-wing idea hence why its occasionally called progressive). After that your probably more likely to want to make sure what you've changed isn't changed itself.

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it's just that Mr Corbyn... he is so dreamy :heart: :fan:
According to voting records, under 24s were one of the only demographics that didn't vote for Corbyn in the last labour leadership election.
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Because they have realised that right wing politicians are corrupt and only care about the elite.. most of which aren't young voters as they seem to be having the most financial problems
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And what does this mean for the future of politics?
Wasn't it Churchill who said something like, "If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain." ?

When you are young, you don't have very much in life so the idea of a state sharing its wealth with you is somewhat appealing. When you are older, you tend to have accumulated stuff and, to a certain degree, wealth and the idea of giving that away to an undeserving youth fills one with horror.

Sadly, in this country, the youngsters seem rather apathetic to politics and don't engage. In other countries they fight for what they think is right. You certainly don't see old men fighting in the likes of Afghanistan.
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It means that once all the oldies die off we will probably end up back in the EU
I'm one of the few young leftists the majority of young people and students are right wing compared to 10 or 20 years ago are very nationalist and largely hate Europe, the amount of racist graffiti engraved into tables in the college library is unbelievable.

It's amazing how students and the young have changed. My uncle used to watch a show called 'The Young ones' set in the 1980s about a group of students lead by the late Rik Mayal who were very left wing.

I think we have become a very selfish hateful society not just with race and the EU but other things like our attitude towards people on welfare the disabled etc as reflected in the endless right wing shows on channel 5 demonising such people. Also the contempt students themselves get from other people and authorities as untrustworthy people. Sadly I think a whole generation of young has been taken in by the BS in the Daily Mail and Sun etc.
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I'm one of the few young leftists the majority of young people and students are right wing compared to 10 or 20 years ago are very nationalist and largely hate Europe, the amount of racist graffiti engraved into tables in the college library is unbelievable.

It's amazing how students and the young have changed. My uncle used to watch a show called 'The Young ones' set in the 1980s about a group of students lead by the late Rik Mayal who were very left wing.

I think we have become a very selfish hateful society not just with race and the EU but other things like our attitude towards people on welfare the disabled etc as reflected in the endless right wing shows on channel 5 demonising such people. Also the contempt students themselves get from other people and authorities as untrustworthy people. Sadly I think a whole generation of young has been taken in by the BS in the Daily Mail and Sun etc.
I'm just trying to wind up the emotional leavers on this forum more than anything. I encountered plenty of racism etc when was as at school. I remember a Holocaust survivor coming in give a talk about his experience and why we should be welcome to refugees, the response being "sorry but we are full" was not uncommon. That was a decade ago. It's no wonder Brexit happened.

Well those Young Ones students have grown up to be the current middle age who are not exactly a barrel of leftists are they? Its a bit of a myth this whole the young are always left wing then grow right wing as they get older. Thatcher got a lot of support for the young and they have grown up into neoliberal Britain. In this country it is generally true that young people are more likely to be pro immigration and less xenophobic in general, so we will see if that carries on into the next few decades.
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Not a new thing, it's a cliche. "If you're not a liberal by the time you're 20 you have no heart. If you're still a liberal by the time you're 40 you have no head" (c.19th century) etc etc

Young people want to look after each other and tend towards idealism. Old people are bitter and whiny I suppose.
Yeah except it is no longer considered idealism to be ant-racist now. The guy who is famouse for that cliche was a massive racist.

It's also a cliche that what is now conservative used to be progressive.
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And what does this mean for the future of politics?
Liberal brainwahing in media and schools. With time young people become more red pilled.
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Not a new thing, it's a cliche. "If you're not a liberal by the time you're 20 you have no heart. If you're still a liberal by the time you're 40 you have no head" (c.19th century) etc etc

Young people want to look after each other and tend towards idealism. Old people are bitter and whiny I suppose.
>implying liberalism from the 19th century is the same as modern SJWism
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It's called being tolerant.
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Because young people aren't as affected by fear politics, they haven't had hope and compassion drummed out of them by reality. Also, because we're saturated in education - most young people are or recently were students - and the facts show that socialism leads to stronger economies and happier populations. We see ideologies for what they are, not the stigmas they carry (ie: ah that's communist and communism is inherently BAD)
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>implying liberalism from the 19th century is the same as modern SJWism
Young people are broadly more progressive than older people, and always have been. Of course progressive thinking now will be different to progressive thinking from 2 centuries ago. I think the current apparent popularity of centrist and right wing thinking amongst under 25s is probably more unusual.
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