Getting Young People Involved in Politics

We need them more than ever

As often as people complain about Millennials, the fact remains that we need them more than ever to run the country. It's not even a matter of principles, although they do tend to be more upward, tolerant thinkers. Nope, it's all about whose laws affect whom, and when people who are in their 60s continue to shape our laws, it's simply unfair that people half their age are the ones who have to live with them. The people who have to live with the laws should be the ones who develop them in the first place.

But how do we get them interested in politics? It's just not a very sexy job, and it's hard work that often goes unappreciated and even hated. Young people need more access to speech and debate, Model UN and other prospects that can help them develop a love of politics, but it has to go farther than that. Politics needs to make a shift out of the abstract and into the humanities where people connect. Politics are ultimately about people and our problems but we too often lose sight of that.

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