Gen Z – Resetting The Alphabet – Becoming Policy Makers

In this era of ‘Big Data’ and ‘The Cloud’ computational models, those that are the statistical gathers show that Generation Z political persuasion numbers are rocking the political establishments with puzzlement. What is going on with Generations Z? Who are they?

Jason Dorsey from The Center for Generational Kinetics writes:

“This huge, diverse generation is the fastest growing group of employees, customers, and voters. Gen Z also thinks and acts VERY different than their Millennial predecessors. In fact, Gen Z states that “they don’t want to end up like Millennials.”

With this Ben Ford in May 18, 2016 article posted in Opportunity Lives (OL) makes it clear that:

“Generation Z — those born between 1995 and 2010 — is rapidly becoming the next large voting demographic, replacing Millennials.”

As the first report on Gen Z is discussed by Ben in the article as:

“Findings from one of the first major studies of the generation now coming of age were published in “Generation Z Goes to College” by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace. According to the authors, Gen Z cares about societal issues and brings a “change agent mentality” as they transition into adulthood. But Gen Z has little faith in Washington.”

What does this mean when we look at these emerging policy makers? What is their worldview relative to what should happen in family life, business and governance? Do they have a sense of “Why the United States is a Constitutional Republic and not a constitutional socialist democracy?

What is more interesting – is that they are concerned about policy matters – yet it does not appear from reading the various studies that they are grounded in Foundational Principles and Founders Intent. Why would they be grounded Foundationally when the government educational system, especially higher education, is littered with views and educators having contrarian worldviews to Founders Intent for the Republic. Yes, Ford continues with an interview in OL citing:

“They don’t have a lot of confidence in our current government,” Grace told Opportunity Lives. “They see so much gridlock and lack of progress to address issues that are impacting our society.”

Not understanding how government should function at the national level is a factor to this lost confidence even in Millennials all the way to the Baby Boomers. The reality that even in the Federalist Papers it is well noted that the prescription of Checks and Balances in Government shall be the purposeful effect of Grid Lock so that those elected don’t lead us into despotism and tyranny. Yeah… Like that worked! Hmm… let’s tell the Gen Z’ers why it hasn’t worked through the full explanation of Founders Intent and what has affected the design of good governance.

What is even more interesting in all the reports is that Generation Z, much like the Millennials, thinks that the national government is the essence and substance of all government. Hey… What about local, county and State government? Seem like the Hamiltonians, Gramsci-ites and globalists have these generations primarily focused on a consolidated government including internationalism. That’s not exactly how the Republic is designed under Federalism and Constitutionalism.

What is a very disconcerting revelation in the Seemiller and Grace study comes to how Gen Z’ers look at problem solving and what that may mean in regard to policy making in business and government. The interview in OL hits this point with:

““They’re going to use their creativity, their intelligence, and their ability to navigate the world a little bit differently than previous generations to fix it,” Grace said. “I don’t think they’re going to rely on the government to fix problems anymore.”

“Gen Z’s preferred financial policies seem to be reliably conservative. But the rest of their beliefs defy categorization in the current partisan environment. According to Grace and Seemiller’s research, 40 percent of Gen Z’ers classify themselves as socially liberal — with over 80 percent supporting marriage equality.

“Many are projecting that they’ll be very libertarian in their views,” Grace said. She summarized their approach as, “‘Please don’t intervene in my life, but protect people and make sure everyone’s taken care of.’”

“Generation Z Goes to College” says that nearly 75 percent of the up-and-coming generation is very concerned about limitations on personal freedom. They don’t want government involvement in gun ownership, access to abortion, euthanasia or marriage.”

In the full perspective of how Generation Z is resetting the Alphabet will be what comes next in the terms of those born after 2010? Will we start with the ‘Alpha Generation’ because of a rebirthing of America? What policies will Gen Z make that changes the dynamics of business and government? How will they be able to circumvent our Constitutional form of Republicanism without removing the Constitution itself?

At SACPS.org, the intent is to assist and mentor this Generation Z with an understanding that they are more like Samuel Adams than they would ever envision. SACPS.org is here enlarge on their basic views having deeper roots in American Populism that should be fully grounded in a clear view of Founders Principles and Intent. This Generation is in many ways a parallel generation to that Founding generation of 1776.

Resources:

  1. What You Need to Know About Generation Z and iGen, Jason Dorsey,
  2. How the Next Generation Will Change Politics, May 18, 2016, By Ben Ford
  3. “Generation Z Goes to College” by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace
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