The oldest members of Generation Z, occasionally referred to as “GenZennials,” are beginning to reach adulthood, and relatively recent studies have discovered that progressive liberal politics are a significant minority among this young generation. Those born after 1995 are fiscally conservative, staunchly support personal freedoms, national security, counter-terrorism, cyber-security, and in some cases, isolationism. This “Post-Millennial” generation will be the most conservative generation in the last 70 years, meaning that your niece is more likely to be a fascist than your great-grandfather. 

What is the reason for this shift in the political pendulum’s trajectory? Whereas the majority of Z’s preceding generations grew up with the innovative accomplishments of Disney, Jacques Derrida, and a socio-political rhetoric broiled in identity politics and anti-identitarian Marxism, today’s children are being cultivated by massive exposure to Twitter, YouTube, Jordan B. Peterson, and internet memes. This has resulted in a unique rawness of today’s youth. Many from Generation Z are disaffected with the contemporary Republican-Democratic paradigm and yearn for severe change in the U.S.’s constitutional republic. 

Right-wing ideologues are not the only group to recognize this significant flux in the newest generation’s socio-political reversion to a more traditional set of principles. Discussion has also been sparked by progressives on Reddit regarding the topic:As it has been said before, the alt-right is not some shady white supremacist movement leering at the Constitution with glowing red eyes; rather, it is a coalition of conservative individual who are disaffected with the contemporary Republican-Democratic paradigm and choose to align themselves with like-minded individuals.

According to Google Trends, interest in the alt-right movement skyrocketed in late 2016, peaking in November. Despite constant belittlement by liberal voices such as The Anti-Defamation League, the alt-right has only gone on to enjoy increasing favor by younger people groups, specifically those born after 2000. Offering a number for the amount of people wittingly or unwittingly within the alt-right movement is a difficult feat, because the alt-right is a fluid movement that often transcends the common two-party system of the United States political paradigm. The sudden increase in traffic to websites that are considered by many as “alt-right” or “alt-lite” outlets such as Breitbart, Info Wars, and the National Policy Institute in 2016-2017 reveals that there is certainly some sort of social stimulation regarding far right ideologies.

Allum Bokhari and Milo Yiannopoulos defined the gradual increase in those associated with the alt-right as “isolationists, pro-Russians and ex-Ron Paul supporters frustrated with continued neoconservative domination of the Republican party.” As the Republican Party begins to express softness on certain political issues and as the progressive left continues to riot against instances of free speech, gun rights, and classical national identity, the alt-right is seeing a large influx of alumni from both sides of the Republican-Democratic coin. The far left has enjoyed the pendulum being on their side for far too long, and now, as always, the pendulum swings.