Millennials Embrace Left-Wing Ideologies as They Age: Breaking Political Norms

Within the constantly changing landscape of politics, there is a commonly accepted notion that people tend to adopt more conservative views as they age.

Nevertheless, an intriguing social media video that attracted 411.4k views by Novara Media featuring Aaron Bastani challenges this traditional belief by providing evidence that millennials, who currently comprise the working-age population, are shifting towards more left-wing ideologies as time progresses.

Age as an Indicator of Voting Patterns

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The TikTok video draws attention to the contrasting trajectories of political ideology observed among millennials in the United States and the United Kingdom. It started with answering the quote,

“As people age, they become more conservative.”

Aaron points out that historically, older generations have leaned towards right-wing parties while younger individuals lean left, as seen in the 2019 British general election, where the Conservative Party relied on retired votes for their majority despite the Labour Party winning more votes from those under 65.

This prompts a reconsideration of the assumption that aging leads to a natural shift toward conservatism.

Millennials Defying Expectations

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Millennials defy expectations by maintaining left-wing beliefs as they age. Instead, they are fighting the traditional trajectory observed in previous generations. He solidifies this stance by saying,

“As they grow older in the United States, millennials are going in the opposite direction when compared to previous generations like the Baby Boomers and Gen. X. They are more left-wing at 40 than they were at 30, not less.”

In both the United States and the UK, millennials are more left-wing at 40 than 30, challenging the notion of age-related political shift. This trend reflects a genuine and sustained commitment to progressive values.

As the backbone of the working-age population, millennials are actively driving discussions and advocating for change in social, economic, and environmental issues.

Dismissive attitudes from older generations, suggesting that millennials will outgrow their progressive ideals, are refuted by the evidence presented.

Despite transitioning into adulthood and assuming adult responsibilities, millennials remain steadfast in their commitment to social justice, equality, and systemic change.

The Radicalization of Adulthood

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He made a powerful statement in the TikTok video, asserting that millennials retain their radicalism as they enter adulthood and experience significant life changes. He confidently states,

“US millennials may be getting dad bods and having kids, but they’re broadly as radical as they were when they were at college.”

This challenges the assumption that millennials’ progressive beliefs would fade or mellow with age. Furthermore, Bastani emphasizes the surprising shift in the United Kingdom, stating,

“The UK millennials at 40 are more radical than they were at 20. This is the precise opposite of the conventional wisdom.”

Millennials sustain their idealism and actively work towards change as they age. The frustrations stemming from student debt, high rent, climate change, and inadequate public services have reinforced their progressive beliefs.

Millennials have rejected the notion that the political system is working in their favor and are actively seeking transformative solutions.

Reshaping the System

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The TikTok video confronts the prevailing sentiment that individuals naturally become more conservative as they age.

“Now that we are older, we’re basically like, turn it all down. So millennials, who are now the backbone of the working-age population, are becoming more left-wing, not less.”

With millennials now significantly influencing the working-age population, their growing left-wing inclinations carry weight. This generation is actively challenging the political system and demanding change.

Their rejection of the notion that the system works in their favor and their aspiration for a more equitable society demonstrate a genuine commitment to social justice and systemic transformation.

Millennials’ Aspiration for Change

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As the TikTok video suggests, millennials are not content with the political status quo.

“The system’s failed us, the system sucks, and they want to change it.”

Millennials desire a system that addresses their concerns and aligns with their values. The exciting poll in the video highlights that most young Britons would prefer to live under a socialist economic system. This indicates millennials’ widespread desire for a more equitable and progressive society.

Aaron then ends the video by saying,

“Conservative with age. It turns out that millennials are breaking this golden rule of politics.”

Millennials are not simply “growing out” of their idealism or conforming to the ideologies of previous generations. On the contrary, the experiences of adulthood have only strengthened their resolve to bring about change in a system they perceive as having failed them.

This shift in political preferences among millennials is a significant departure from past generations and holds profound implications for the future of politics and societal transformation.

Challenging the Status Quo for Equity

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The rising left-wing tendencies among millennials reflect their dissatisfaction with the status quo and desire to create a more equitable society. It elicited a variety of reactions, conveying different perspectives as a millennial.

One person shared their experience in the comments section, mentioning,

“I think it’s a double combo. we grew up with access to all the info because of the Internet & we didn’t gain wealth as we age.”

Moreover, another participant added, expressing,

“If I ever get to the point where I prioritize making more and more money over the well-being of ppl who struggle the most, then I may as well give up.”

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15 Boomer Things Millennials Are ‘Destroying’

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