The brilliant Max Harris was on Q+A this morning discussing the depressing antipathy younger generations have towards participation in Democracy.
I say depressing antipathy, but I mean rational cynicism.
The most amazing part of the discussion was how the mainstream media pundits and TVNZ staff refused point blank to consider that the Gen X and Millennial disgust and aversion of politics is a perfectly normal and rational response to the out right greed and contempt of the current political landscape because of neoliberalism.
I suspect that every time someone says ‘neoliberalism’ on TVNZ, a News Producer dies.
Boomers lived under Governments that believed after the devastation of World War Two that their role in the life of the citizen was to subsidise that citizens existence from the cradle to the grave. This focus was shattered by Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economics style free market zealotry which preached Government must leave the market so the purity of demand and supply dynamics could create perfection.
This ideological madness found political voice in Reagan, Thatcher and Rogernomics.
Gen X and Gen Y are the first user pays generations under Governments who see their focus as removing themselves from the market, thus Gen X and Gen Y are far poorer than Boomers and feel utterly robbed.
This Generational theft has eroded confidence, interests and belief in the political process. Look how the National Party will open the floodgates of migration to keep their property bubble alive in Auckland which keeps property investing middle classes voting National despite the social carnage that mass immigrations is causing.
Who can look at that system and not be disgusted by the self interest and delusion of it?
Gen Xers and Gen Y themselves lack the political imagination to see a different system from user pays and their media have been dumbed down so that the Bachelor is more important to public debate than a political experiment that has enabled the richest to create a plutocracy.
The good news is that the demographics will change by the 2024 election, because by 2024 Gen Xers and Gen Y will finally numerically out number the boomers.
By 2024 the realities of Climate Change will be screaming for a radicalisation of politics that demands change rather than begs the elites for it.
Then brothers and sisters, when the electoral boot is on the other foot, should we burn to the ground the neoliberal state and all those who have benefitted from its self-interested corruption.
The inevitability of a counter revolution against neoliberalism is the only certainty.