The Danger of Youth Populism

The Danger of Youth Populism
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Prediction-making is a risky business. Nevertheless, here I go: The next wave of American populism will be oriented towards youth. Bernie Sanders may be a part of it, or perhaps not. Either way, this new movement will present itself as a warm, springy wind, sweeping away its geriatric predecessor and embracing a bright, wrinkle-free future.

Donald Trump's personality cult appealed to anxious and nostalgic older Americans. He was an older-generation icon with an unapologetically backward-looking message. Let's make America great “again.” Smash multiculturalism and the “cult of PC.” Bring back our jobs.

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