My name is Carlisle du Rozel, and I am the only teenage presence behind the scenes at Squawker Media. I was born in 1998 and cannot remember significant American events in the late 20th and early 21st century such as 9/11, the housing crisis, or the technological revolution. To me, these things are all historical facts rather than something I’ve personally experienced. I cannot recall any pangs of fear brought on by a terrorist attack on American soil. I cannot remember a time without smartphones, 3D video games, and the internet. I am separated from Millennials on the basis of these realities, and have been categorized by sociologists and marketing agencies as a separate age demographic altogether. I am a GenZennial.
Generation Z, of course, is a relatively new term developed by various scholars to define the demographic cohort succeeding Generation Y (i.e. Millennials). This generation has been defined by some sociologists as encompassing the generation of those born between 1997 and 2014; however, there is no universally accepted date range for “GenZenniels.” Despite the complex terminological landscape extent in the world of social studies, a multitude of organizations including marketing agencies such as Ernst & Young, Turner Broadcasting System, The Shand Group, together with bank firms and statistical studies, seem to indicate those born after 1997 can be rightly classified as “Generation Z.”
Being born into a liberal socio-political landscape may not, despite what some believe, result in left-leaning future generations. As a sizeable portion of Generation Zers (or GenZennials) have not engaged with social issues or politics outside of Obama’s presidency, the liberal social paradigm instituted by Generation Xers and Millennials have constructed a landscape that the upcoming generation of young men and women find themselves very disaffected with.
My generation is painfully aware that the contemporary Republican-Democrat political paradigm is failing the United States. The many shortcomings showcased, mostly experienced in our young age during the reign of George W. Bush and in our coming to social coherency with the rule of Barrack have led many GenZennials to adopt nonconformist ideologies. Most of these ideologies fascinatingly appear to lie on the far-right end of the spectrum.
So buckle up, because here are the five most important things (in no particular order of importance) that you need to know to understand the upcoming inheritors of the United States.
1. GenZennials are more conservative than your grandparents.
A study produced in 2016 that examined 14 and 15 year olds found that these young men and women had conservative views on gay marriage, transgender rights and drugs than their older siblings, parents and potentially even grandparents. A reactionary discourse among today’s teenagers similar to the one enacted by our great-grandparents in the face of the great “Red Scare” is extremely visible on the internet as a response to the influx of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs), radical man-hating feminists, and anti-white Marxist narratives.
I have said it once before, and I will say it again: I predict that the vast majority of my fellow GenZenniels will be composed of neo-monarchists, white nationalists, anti-immigration apologists, and alt-right authoritarians. I say this because the alt-right can be defined only by one characteristic element that unites the adherents of differing political philosophies: a disaffectedness with the cultural decay of Western civilization that places one outside of the contemporary confines of established conservative parties such as the GOP. But because of this…
2. The Democrats have it coming.
Yes, we’re upset with the mainline “conservative” party in the United States falling into neoliberal tendencies; however, we’re even more pissed at the Democratic Party. We understand that the identity politics parroted by Democratic politicians such as Bernie Sanders’s, “If you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor,” (source) and Hillary Clinton’s constant promulgation of the mythological wage gap are nothing more than
Why are a sizeable majority of Millennials left-leaning? It is possible that it can be at least partially attributed to atmospheric influences. The loudest presidential voice that the generation before me has heard is that of George W. Bush, and the parents of Millennials are likely all-too familiar and suppgortive of Ronald Reagan, leading to a sort of reaction against that which they have been raised with.
My generation, on the other hand, has been exposed primarily to Obama acting as a sort of poster child for leftism, SJWs, and anti-white rhetoric. To us, the Democratic Party is intrinsically against the white working class and favors those who drag society down into the slums. The Republican Party may not best represent this new generation of conservatives, but the biggest beef lies with the Democrats.
3. GenZennials are more religious than Millennials and Generation Xers combined.
In 2014, 1,200 first-year students born 1995 or later were polled. When asked about spirituality, 47% of these GenZennials said they were religious, and an additional 31% said they were spiritual but not religious. Even church attendance, which has been at a pathetic 18% for Millennials, 21% for Generation Xers, and 26% for Baby Boomers, has spiked among GenZennials, with a whopping 41% claiming to attend weekly religious services. That is more than double the amount of the previous two generations before us.
We GenZennials are finding authentic meaning and value in traditional systems of morality and living that have been swept under the rug by the older generations that came before us. Postmodernism is losing its grip on my peers, partially due to the rise of internet skepticism that has targeted liberal figures, exposing the social failure of postmodernist theory. Religion, notably the Christian “High Churches” such as Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism, has provided a reliable source of substance for my generation who have had tradition, faith, and culture stripped from them in the name of tolerance and progress.
4. We love the internet and know how to navigate it way better than you.
President Donald J. Trump was essentially meme’d into the United States presidency. The internet played an integral role in his appointment as Commander-in-Chief, and something akin to a metaphysical war composed of comedic internet images being circulated between ideologies may have been the largest component of this war. With my generation being born into an increasingly disturbing Nihilistic framework, memes notoriously manifest the legacy of Nietzsche, acting as both a point of reference and warning to the masses in regards to a loss of purpose.
Baby Boomers have no clue to read the internet (but if you’re a Baby Boomer reading this article, then good for you!). Generation Xers had a considerable learning curve and likely have only come to be acquainted with it in recent years and can reminiscence the “good ol’ days” when Google wasn’t the primary resource for education. Millennials have been repeatedly heralded as “tech savvy,” having hit the tech scene in their teenage years. However, GenZennials cannot remember a time without the internet. We are “tech natives,” and technology, internet, and electrical connectedness are things that are inseparable from our political identity.
5. We’re better with our money than our parents.
A multitude of studies have found that my generation is considerably more pragmatic and realistic than the ones who have come before us, leading to a less idealistic usage of our hard-earned cash. Because of our integration into the technological world, we are capable of accumulating a large amount of information before we make the decision whether to buy a product or not.
College loans plague Generation Z, and our parents have likely endured financial crises due to the housing crash and the death of the modern economy, leading to my generation to be increasingly aware of how much things cost and whether or not it is worth our time to invest in them. We are incredibly straightforward with what we would like to buy and what our price range is, because we don’t want to wind up crippling the economy like the generations before us.