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October 28, 2003
In case you thought City Journal is biased

Either this is the meme of the moment, or we are truly seeing a striking social phenomenom. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

While the liberalism of young adults has long been taken for granted, there is accumulating evidence that conservatism is making inroads. Recent polls and election results show that, at the least, this group of potential voters is up for grabs, prompting Republican and Democratic strategists to scramble to win their loyalty.

Apparently this has been the dirty secret of Academia, at least up to now. As I said yesterday, this threatens the leftist (as opposed to liberal) hegemony that currently exists on university campuses, as these students will eventually replace existing faculty and curriculum management. In fact, that's what they're specifically aiming to do.

What reason do they give for this sea change?

"As far as the baby boom generation is concerned, Vietnam demonstrated that the United States is the largest source of evil, violence and destructiveness in the world. With the fall of the Soviet Union and 9/11, it's become clear to most people that the United States is the great source of good in the world. The brave guys -- the cops, the firefighters -- are the good guys. And younger folks have seen conservative policies working."

This may just be the final victory of the Cold War: the discrediting of socialism, and with it, the end of demonizing capitalism and free markets.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 28, 2003 5:17 AM

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