Part III: Millennials Come of Age


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This is the third part of a five-part essay on the coming alliance of libertarian and progressive Millennials in American politics. Click here for Part I and Part II.

Much ink has been spilled heralding the maturation of Millennials into adulthood, particularly in the wake of their impressive turnout during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Born between 1982 and 2000, Millennials represent 41 percent of the US population, and nearly half of the workforce. According to a March 2014 Pew survey, Millennials differ from previous generations in crucial respects; they are more racially diverse, avid users of social media, skeptical of organized politics and religion, and distrustful of others.

They are also entering the worst job market since the Great Depression. The unemployment rate among 18-29 year olds in February 2014 was 11.4 percent, almost five percentage points higher than the national average. Many…

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