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May 28, 2014 - 8:06 am
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Who are the millennial generation, and what does their rise mean for the future of the country?

Everyone is trying to figure millennials out — what makes them tick, what they care about. Like previous generations, millennials aren’t monolithic. They don’t all agree with each other on society and politics anymore than previous generations did. There are some divisions among millennials that hinge on racial background — white millennials prefer less government, while non-white millennials strongly prefer more. While they are more liberal on average than previous generations, according to Pew Research’s most recent major study, we all tend to be more liberal when we’re young and don’t own anything, and haven’t yet met the iron hand of the taxman. Not all of today’s earnest young liberals will remain so.

A couple of statistics suggest that many millennials will never outgrow their youthful leftism. One stat suggests that they are bequeathing a generation that will be even more in favor of big government than their own generation.

According to Pew:

Millennials lead all generations in the share of out-of-wedlock births. In 2012, 47% of births to women in the Millennial generation were non-marital, compared with 21% among older women. … In 1996, when Gen Xers were about the same age that Millennials were in 2012, just 35% of births to that generation’s mothers were outside of marriage (compared with 15% among older women in 1996).

Millennials are slower to marry than previous generations. They have moved the median marriage age up to 29 for men and 27 for women. They are largely delaying marriage because they are loaded down with massive student debt, and because there are few jobs available to them upon which they can build their lives. The current Democratic administration’s anti-jobs policies are largely to blame for the latter. The lack of accountability in university practices and tuition is largely to blame for the former. Millennials are being squeezed by the Obama economy. Yet they remain more likely to vote for Democrats, if they vote.

I’m not here to slam single parenthood, but single parenthood has proven to be a very strong predictor of one’s economic outcome and one’s politics, meaning, one’s relationship to the government and the policies one tends to vote for. Simply put, single adults tend to vote in a certain way, and children of single adults tend to have poorer economic outcomes, which leads to a certain voting pattern. Marriage is a strong predictor of political behavior.

Currently just 26% of millennials — those between age 18 and 33 — are married. At the same age, 36% of GenX and 48% of the Baby Boomers were married. And 69% of millennials say they want to get married, but the lack of jobs is holding them back.

Children who grow up in single parent homes tend to have higher rates of incarceration, higher rates of drug use, lower academic performance, lower overall income — greater overall dependence on government, in one way or another — than children in two-parent homes. They tend to produce less for the economy and cost more taxpayer dollars.

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Millennial men think millennial women are too fat, entitled, and narcissistic to marry.
17 weeks ago
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Tell her to drop a note of thanks to the man-loather feminist academics, whom (I profoundly believe), having played no small roll in the cultural destruction of manhood as an idea and a virtue, and having produced a milieu that has now excreted the Isla Vista shooter out the other end, are now doubling down in it's wake.

Again, the collapse should be interesting......
17 weeks ago
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Why exactly would millennials get married? For the guy it's a bad deal all around, conferring responsibility and no benefit save for an expectation of fidelity which is not much of an incentive when you are 20ish. For the girl, why marry a Pick Up Artist? Guys of that age read and they play video games. PUA is marketed as "dating cheat codes". They are and they work for the 20-30% of women with serious self esteem issues.

We've spent an entire generation drugging the boys and making the girls contemptuous of them. We've surrendered the academy at all levels, and "traditional morality" is the current brand for anti-gay hate and "sl*t shaming".

What was the expected outcome?
17 weeks ago
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Stupid statistic. The age range for "millenials" is so broad that it includes almost all women who are able to have children.
16 weeks ago
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It's going to be a nasty bust, because that much larger government some are expecting to save them isn't coming. Bankruptcy will ensue first. Then where will we be?
16 weeks ago
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I AM a millenial.

I was raised by a single parent after a no-fault divorce. I am now married with kids and watch my peers with some level of understanding. Like most generations they go with a tide of what they know and understand.

Our parents not only had plenty of divorces, so did their parents. Therefore we didn't have as many role models who discourage divorce.

Most of my peers think nothing of sex because we were raised with a motto of "do not judge", but marriage is a HUGE commitment (partially due to the burn of the divorces of our parents and grandparents). We've grown up with parents telling us to wait to get married. Wait until after college when you are settled into your life (because apparently that's when you will be flexible enough to throw it all up in the air and shuffle your cards with a member of the opposite sex). I got married early and the OLDER generation my husband worked with literally had a pool as to how long until we broke up (well over a decade now. I win.) With parents leading us in this direction it's not surprising we're putting it off. In a pursuit to make a stable home for marriage and family many are creating just the opposite. We're trying to do it so right that it often turns out wrong.

That's at least the middle class. Lower classes follow culture and ours decided that single parenthood is fine and there is no shame in government assistance. Few high schoolers are taught the long term consequences of single parenthood financially and emotionally for both mom and kid(s). Few people know of the statistics of abuse of single moms and kids, so we hide it. Therefore it is seen as no shame and low risk. It's just a valid lifestyle choice. And we're surprised it's a choice so many more are making?

Individual millenials are responsible for their own choices, but as a generation we need to look at what we were taught by our parents.
16 weeks ago
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That's at least a two-run homer and you parked it....'>........
16 weeks ago
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Why not "slam" single parenthood?!

It's stupid. I know from experience.

It's bad for the child, and should be the choice of last resort.
16 weeks ago
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Used to be, women were expected to play the primary role in family construction. IOW, she kept her legs shut until the guy made a committment. I believe it was the women's job because biology. Oh, without a doubt we're better than our biology. We just don't do as we say but we do do as we do which gets us into a heap of doo doo.
That women aren't happy with men who don't function as women in the family creating dance is telling. They are the tip of the spear in the post modern philosophy where truth is what you want it to be and never what is inconvenient.
16 weeks ago
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The women actually aren't happy with the men that DO function as women either. Reality cares nothing for their feelings, and they are still attracted to the Alpha male types, its just now they hate themselves for it ( see Dilbert 5-31-14) It really doesn't matter if Libertarian/Conservatives principles resonate with this crowd. When the financial collapse comes in earnest most of the "choices" these young people are making will no longer be options.
16 weeks ago
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So in other words America is declining as a nation.

Gee, who could have seen that one coming?
16 weeks ago
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"I’m not here to slam single parenthood"

Why the hell not???

Except for special circumstances such as death of a spouse, it is usually wrong - a voluntary choice that's bad for the child and bad for society. If you can't "slam" that, why should you have an opinion at all? It's time to start shaming - maybe it will reduce this epidemic of irresponsible behavior and damaged kids!
16 weeks ago
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Right -- you could end a great deal of single parenthood if men stepped up when they knocked up women, instead of rolling around in a pile of infantile defenses as do so many in the comments below. Feminism can only "ruin" everything if you let it; surveys strongly indicate that most women want traditional relationships with men, especially in childrearing, and real manhood is celebrated and enhanced with every man who does the right thing.

The endless whining and declarations of weakness and defeat from men who claim to be persecuted beyond all hope is what's really frightening. I sympathize regarding the anti-male elements in society, but the first step to defeating such things is to refuse to allow them to rule your life.
16 weeks ago
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You could end a great deal of single parenthood if women didn't get knocked up.
It's preventable you know.
16 weeks ago
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One could view single parenthood as a lack of commitment.

Or, one could view it as a sign of independence. In my experience, incessant talk of marriage is a code for "God-fearing". No thanks. This Objectivist/libertarian will not be voting for anyone who even remotely seems like they have theocratic tendencies.

Furthermore, if conservatives were really concerned about single parents, they'd support gay marriage. Instead, they seem more concerned about Biblical narrative.
16 weeks ago
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This is an incredibly wrong-headed comment. All statistics show that single parenthood results in generally poor outcomes for the child and single parent. What does religion have to do with it? A true objectivist/libertarian would recognize the utility function of marriage outside of any spiritual belief system.
16 weeks ago
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Marriage and the family unit pre-date all religions. Marriage is not exclusive to those you call 'God-Fearing'.
Marriage became a part of the human ethos as a survival and procreative measure, not in pursuit of the 'gods'.
You can thank the institution of the family and marriage for the fact that you are here.
Get off your arrogant anti-Christian high horse and think a little.
16 weeks ago
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A video about this type of thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIZmBqQZxa0
16 weeks ago
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Should a Republican majority form, despite the Millennials best efforts, and they get those jobs and pay off that debt there is some hope that they will change their minds. Ronald Reagan (or perhaps Jimmy Carter) convinced an awful lot of Boomers to go over to the Dark Side, where they mostly are today.
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