Our reading comprehension is just fine. Favreau sets forth his position pretty clearly. In his very first sentence, he states “we’ve been told that the future of liberal democracy looks bleak” but then goes on to assuage any worries of that “bleak future” with demographic data on millennials showing how enlightened the new generation is. He then closes with “[a] generation is now coming of age with a set of beliefs that could sustain pluralistic, liberal democracy long into the future.” So this isn’t some glorified FiveThirtyEight article. If Favreau didn’t think the views of millennials were the right ones, he wouldn’t be lamenting their absence from the voting booth and advocating for their political involvement. He’s advancing an agenda. Which is fine. He’s a partisan and that’s his jam. But what he fails to address is the fact that this is not a new phenomenon. For at least the last half century, the young have almost always been more liberal. So before decrying these old people who don’t necessarily think or vote the way he would like, remember that many of these are baby boomers, the original anti-war generation, who elected Kennedy and Johnson, who marched with MLK, who championed free love and introduced the drug culture. They also saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the unraveling of American cities despite (or perhaps because of) the progressive policies of the Great Society. So perhaps they might have something to say about the why those progressive beliefs have changed or softened by the hard realities of life and to write them off as ignorant or bigoted is simplistic and disingenuous.