Lamenting the empty political ideology of (some) young people

Some young people really have no idea when it comes to political ideology. I have seen people who were actively supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton for US President, who supported Remain in the UK’s EU referendum but who now support Theresa May and the Conservative (“Tory”) Party (a person and a party who will all but guarantee Britain a hard and painful Brexit).

And how exactly is the Conservative Party, with its deep class roots, and its poisonous hatred of having a widely educated (i.e. more equal) population in the UK, a good “ideology” to someone who admired HRC and who wanted the UK to remain in the EU? I am confused.

It’s largely the Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party who gave rise to UKIP. UKIP made the UK leaving the EU their raison d’etre. Meanwhile, Eurosceptic Tories poured their energies into ensuring the UK would have a referendum (one that should never have been held, to be honest), and ultimately for the UK to vote to leave by a margin of 4% (52% vs. 48%).

So, I’m sorry. I really don’t understand how someone can pair HRC, with Remain and then the Tories. It’s a combination, lacking in ideology, and one that would put a dog off its dinner. But I have seen young people having precisely these positions. My view is that such young people, being well-educated, should find an ideological core and stick with it. I have been a member of the UK Labour Party since 2002 and contributing monthly to their causes. Am I always happy with the party? No, of course not. But I stick with it as it is far more appealing that the class system that the Tories represent.

In the same vein, but to a different continent, it’s the lack of young people with an ideological core that leads to apathy and accepting the status quo. For example, Australians continually vote in parties who do basically nothing, and who oppose marriage reform (and apathy is less of a problem in Australia due to compulsory voting).

Back when I was in my 20s, we marched in New Zealand. We staged rallies, we exercised civil disobedience to get inhumane laws changed. I personally got involved. I don’t see a single bit of marching by young people in Australia these past years. And it goes back to not having core values and a political movement that rises around them.

The established political parties, especially those with near status quo rule like the Tories, love apathetic young people. The lazy young are doing those parties a big favor by not getting involved and it’s disheartening to watch. It’s the reason I lost respect for Australia and have long been suspicious of young (especially gay) Brits supporting the Tory party. How can a class system deliver, except for the top 5%. How can young Australians tolerate not being able to marry who they love?

By all means support the established, conservative-leaning parties, but be prepared to sign up, to join in, and to defend why. And if you have a change of mind from one election to the next, that’s also ok; just make sure you have an ideological base that you can stand behind, however it may shift.

May 16th, 2017

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