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لندن - أظهر تصويت المملكة المتحدة للخروج من الاتحاد الأوروبي وانتخاب دونالد ترامب رئيسا للولايات المتحدة فجوة عميقة بين الأجيال. يبدو أن جيل الألفية العالمية وجيل المتقاعدين القوميين - ما يسميه توماس فريدمان "شعب الانترنيت" و"شعب الجدار"- ليس لديهما أي شيء مشترك. لكن كلاهما يشير إلى نفس أزمة التمثيل السياسي.

في المملكة المتحدة، بالنسبة لكل ناخبي "المغادرة" الذين تقل أعمارهم عن 24 عاما، كان هناك ثلاثة فوق سن 65. في الولايات المتحدة، فاز ترامب ب 53٪ من أصوات من تتجاوز أعمارهم 65 سنة، لكنه كان مدعوما فقط من 37٪ من  الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 18 و 29 عاما.

في كلتا الحالتين، تم جذب كبار السن من قبل التصريحات المتشائمة التي تسببت بالأضرار التي لحقت بمجتمعاتهم الناجمة عن التجارة الحرة، وحرية التنقل، وحرية الحب، والتكنولوجيا الخالية من الإنسان التي تعطل أعمالهم وأمانيهم الاقتصادي. كان الشباب أكثر تفاؤلا بشأن المستقبل، وآمالهم الشخصية، وقدرة التكنولوجيا - وأكثر تعاطفا تجاه الفئات المهمشة.

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