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La nueva brecha generacional

NUEVA YORK – Algo interesante ha surgido en los patrones de votación en ambos lados del Atlántico: los jóvenes están votando en formas marcadamente distintas a las de sus mayores. Parece que se abrió una gran brecha que divide a los votantes más según la generación a la que pertenecen, y menos por su nivel de ingresos, nivel educativo o género.

Existen buenas razones para esta división. Las vidas de ambos grupos, tanto la de los jóvenes como la de las personas mayores, en la forma que se viven en la actualidad, son diferentes.  Sus pasados son diferentes, y también lo son sus perspectivas de futuro.

La Guerra Fría, por ejemplo, había terminado incluso antes de que algunos de los jóvenes nacieran o mientras otros eran todavía niños. Para ellos, palabras como socialismo no transmiten el significado que en alguna ocasión transmitieron. Si el socialismo significa la creación de una sociedad donde a las preocupaciones compartidas se les presta la importancia que merecen – donde las personas se preocupan por otras personas y por el entorno en el que viven – estos jóvenes dicen amén a ello. Sí, es posible que experimentos bajo la rúbrica de socialismo hubiesen fallado un cuarto o mitad de siglo atrás; pero, los experimentos de hoy en día no se parecen a los del pasado. Por lo tanto, el fracaso de dichos experimentos del pasado no dice nada sobre los nuevos experimentos.

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