Is the Left Losing Steam? Conservatism Gains Popularity Among America’s Youth
If you were to take a quick look at our society today, you might assume that we are headed in a dangerous direction. And youâd be right if you were to look only at where our government seems to be at the moment. I mean, have you ever seen something so corrupt and unarguably socialistic?
We have Congress members, Senators, and House representatives who believe that our constitution and the freedoms it offers should be done away with or, at the very least, rewritten. They believe in equity, not equality.
Hell, we even have members who think Americans shouldnât vote our leaders into office.
However, some signs should offer us some hope that such liberal or progressive minds will not always hold our future as a nation.
Take the teachings of Thomas Sowell, for example.
If you are unfamiliar with the name, Sowell is known to be one of the most celebrated minds of the past century, at least when it comes to conservative economics and social theory. And I say past century because the man is now in his 90s.
But that hasnât slowed him down or taken away his ability to converse with the modern world. In fact, some would say heâs more influential now than heâs ever been.
And no, Iâm not just talking about people who are closer to his own age.
Evidence is actually proving that our youth and younger generations are flocking to him and his teachings, even though some are nearly half a century old.
Why? Well, because the topics he teaches on and discusses are issues that still matter today. You know, things like race relations and economic inequality.
Popular political commentator Dave Rubin recently spoke on the matter inÂ an interviewÂ with Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley, who has studied Sowellâs works at great length.
As Riley points out, Sowellâs works still make sense to America and her youth because they discuss ongoing issues. Race relations and equality in economics have been dividing forces for hundreds of years, not just in America but worldwide. And that fact is not about to change any time soon.
However, unlike the political left and social elites, Sowell offers his ideas in a way that makes sense to just about everyone.
Riley says, âFirst of all, he doesnât write like an academic. So that automatically makes him appeal to a wider audience, I think. He writes very clearly, very forthrightly. But also, itâs because what he has written about for many years remains so relevant to a lot of our discussions today.â
And, of course, itâs not like Sowell doesnât have experience on these topics.
âTomâs been writing about this stuff for 40 or 50 years. And his ability to draw on that experience and relate it to whatâs going on today and then trace its origins back hundreds of years to differences and different political philosophies and the roots of those differences and so forth. Again, it makes it all accessible to a non-expert, to non-academics and non-intellectuals.â
Rubin said, âYou must be just, like, over the moon that heâs had this resurgence, this renaissance, with young people.â
And a resurgence he most certainly has.
Rubin, who has spoken of Sowellâs work on numerous occasions, provides evidence to this, by saying heâs received hundreds of emails, Facebook messages, and even handwritten letters attesting to young Americaâs interest in Sowell.
Several even profess that Sowell has âtransformed my life.â
But thereâs even more evidence to show that his conservative ways are resonating with Americaâs youth.
One is his YouTube presence.
As Iâm sure you are well aware, YouTube is a younger man or womanâs platform. In fact, according toÂ Sprout Social, a social media management site, about 90 percent of those between the ages of 18 to 24 use YouTube. And 93 percent of those 25 to 30 use it, as well.
And yet, 90-year-old Sowell has numerous videos available for free on the site, most with hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of views. Â This one in particular, which is a documentary on Sowellâs life and works, has over two million views on YouTube as of Monday.
This and other factors make those likeÂ ForbesÂ say that Gen Z will likely be the most conservativism generation since World War II.
The left may have seemingly won the latest election and possibly some of our youth. But as those youth mature and gain common sense, Sowellâs popularity proves that itâs not socialistic ideas that resonate most with America.
Hereâs to looking forward to a much more conservative America.