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Millennial prefer a military regime

2020-10-27 14013

Millennial give less value for freedom of speech


Hilary Clinton would have won if the majority of US millennials voted her



(Sujith Mangala De Silva)

It seems that democracy is rejected by a high percentage of people everywhere. Especially youth are so highly disappointed in democracy that they even prefer a military rule. That’s according to research by Yascha Mounk, a Harvard University researcher, and Roberto Stefan Foa, a Political Scientist at the University of Melbourne. The remit of their study, which the Journal of Democracy publishes in January each , analyzes historical data on attitudes toward government that spans various generations in North America, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. They find that, across the board, citizens of stable liberal democracies have grown jaded about their government, say Mounk and Foa which is worse. According to a study, carried out by July, young people criticize politics more than ever and show a law interest in supporting freedom of speech.

This study further highlighted..!

That the millennial are OK with autocracy. Only one third of millennials see civil rights as ”absolutely essential while  41% among older Americans and 39% elders in European union see it as essential. More than a quarter of US millennials do not regard the importance of free elections to democracy.

In 1995, only 16% of American youngsters, those in their late teens and early 20s thought democracy was a bad political system for their nation. In 2011 this percentage went up to 25%. Though the increase among European youth was less marked, it was still significant, say the researchers.It might be that since this particular generation of young people have grown up in highly stable democracies, they take democracy for granted. It would then stand to reason that, as Mounk and Foa found, millennials in the US and Europe are less likely to participate in conventional civic engagement. But there is no sign that they are engaged in unconventional political action either.

As New York Times points out ,sharp deteriorations in measures of democratic health presaged autocratic shifts in Poland and Venezuela. But those were both much younger democracies than those in the US and Western Europe.

The recent events that took place in America aren’t exactly heartening. For instance, millennial Americans voted in far greater numbers for Hillary Clinton than her anti-democratic rival, Donald Trump. Clinton would have won the election in a landslide, if Democratic-leaning millennial had voted in favor of her. But a large percentage did not.