What the 2017 youth quake really means for 2020

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Let’s look at what this small increase in turn out by young people in NZ actually meant for the election result. With a modest increase of 6.5% and more Maori voting, they managed to throw out the National Party despite the National Party getting an incredible 44%.

The mainstream media crowed that there was no youth quake this election.

Turns out mainstream media were wrong.

Let’s look at what this small increase in turn out by young people in NZ actually meant for the election result. With a modest increase of 6.5% and more Maori voting, they managed to throw out the National Party despite the National Party getting an incredible 44%.

This should scare the bejesus out of establishment boomers and those who have reaped the most from NZs neoliberal agenda because by 2020, the demographics will tip far more in favour of the young, the brown and the poor, and when that happens, expect radical political solutions to deal with the generational theft and rapid expansion of climate change.

The soft whispers and promises of boomers lecturing us on avocado use and hard work will not contain the fury younger generations will feel when the neoliberal con of debt without asset sinks in.

Look at what the young and the poor were able to achieve with a 6.5% turnout.

Imagine what can be achieved when that number doubles?

By 2023, the poverty, injustice of generational theft and climate change will be impacting with such cruelty that Millennials and Xers in their fury turn not only on the generation above them, but the political class as a whole. That’s when radical policies that actually challenge the current political and economic settings are demanded by those who have been left behind.

That’s when we get to destroy the old and take back the present.

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Marc says:

    So, a ‘youth quake’ of very moderate proportions, that was it then, that got Labour and Greens into government, only with NZ First, as on their own, they did not have the numbers to bring about any change.

    And having gone for it with Winston, the end result after a term in government will be such levels of disillusionment, Nats will govern for two to three terms again from 2020 on, as few who bothered voting for Labour and Greens, may bother vote for them again then.

    The talk about the TPPA and somewhat questionable, late and ineffective changes to foreign buyer requirements, that shows us how hollow and shallow this government may be.

    • patricia bremner says:

      No Marc, voters are endorsing governments early moves. We are at day 11 and many promises are already being put in place.

      Youth are attracted to youth, and Labour’s renewal will keep it fresh.

      After 4 terms, Jacinda will be 49 only!!

      She has inspired youth to be involved at all levels, not just voting. So long may it last.

  2. esoteric pineapples says:

    I’ve said for a while that a radical government won’t come in until the first wave Baby Boomer generation starts to die off in large numbers. They are now around 65 to 75. These are the ones who grew up in the most prosperous period of New Zealand history when you could make a good living, buy a house and enjoy a good lifestyle with just a basic job. They are the ones who are out of touch with how different life is for young people and the only ones who believe that anyone can still do okay in New Zealand with a bit of hard work.

    • Marc says:

      Trouble is they have offspring, who are also somewhat entitled, and they will inherit, and they will in significant number represent the well off middle class and upper middle class of NZ Inc, who will want their privileges preserved, that is property, careers and a convenient, possibly consumerist lifestyle.

      They will see nothing wrong with being tertiary educated, know it better kind of entitled citizens, who will be served by the lower paid class of working immigrants, who work in supermarkets, restaurants, fast food outlets, in the garages, for telecom companies, as courier drivers (delivering their Amazon goodies and gadgets), as cleaners and so forth.

      Nothing much will change, it may in some ways even be worse in future, as we will have a more class type of society, where inheriting wealth and privilege, even if it is just property and shares and savings is quite ok, and where working in jobs where you get your hands dirty, or risk you physical health is considered less pleasant, better left to the new, modern day underclass of mostly immigrants and their first generation offspring here in NZ Inc..

  3. Michelle says:

    yes agree with you Esoteric Pineapples this groups can also be racist and they are the ones that constantly echo quote “in my days” well we are not in there days we are living in different times.