The State That We Are In

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Some article from many years ago, with countless sources including numerous other articles and academic studies, said that since the 90’s the voting public in western civilization has been more inclined to vote because of cultural issues rather than economic issues. Ever since this time period, it has been said that young voters tend to lean on cultural issues. Implications from this article and studies suggest that, because of this, a huge amount of voters in this current era are more geared toward listening to culture issues rather than economic issues. Is this a good thing?

I used to be certain of my belief that economy, culture, and technology among other things, gets better as time progresses. Over the last eight years, it seems like an impossibility to completely believe that. Sure, technology is impressive and much better in many respects. Air travel, for example, is much safer and more affordable than it has ever been thanks to technology. Healthcare is keeping us healthy for much longer because of advances in science and technology and so on.

However, we also live in a time where that same airfare and healthcare, despite being more easily available, are more difficult to afford because of stagnation in wages. Culture has not had a hand in any of these things,  yet, today there are plenty of examples of similar paradoxes involved in the value cost of life’s necessities and luxuries. So should we be more educated on economics and try and force an economic perspective on to future prospective voters?

At a time in the mid 20th century, for the United States of America, economic opportunity was the number one concern for voters. Despite the many cultural problems of racism, segregation, and many other issues that dogged the U.S.A, prosperity was much more widespread simply due to the fact that opportunities were more readily available. Education was offered more widely as a service for those who went to war, and less as an opportunity to go into debt. Furthermore, gaining a bachelor’s degree often put ordinary citizens on an even keel with government officials in terms of debate power.

Now, to gain a politician’s understanding of laws and governance requires a huge time investment and years of schooling that most cannot afford. Education is a difficult choice for those without the means to pay for it. And at this point, with us being more culturally sensitive and aware than we’ve ever been before, it seems that the culture issues are reaching a point of diminishing returns. Cynical think pieces, news articles, cultural arguments that are arbitrary, and college courses based entirely on perceived cultural concepts are everywhere and bombarding our brain’s attention receptors.

Somehow, the still-present ramifications of 2008, as well as the insane set of circumstances that caused such a disaster seem long forgotten. So should economic opportunity and health be a more important criterion for the voting public? And if so, how does any one person or entity change a civilization’s outlook while maintaining that they’re not using propaganda to do so?

More answers, most often, lead to more questions.

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