Magazine April 8, 2019, Issue

The Politicization of Youth

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It is childish to use one’s kid as a political prop

Not too long ago, a young friend of mine was trying to remember the name of a movie. “You know that movie where the two women drive off a cliff at the end? What was that movie called? Was it Laverne & Shirley?”

And he wasn’t even trying to be cruel. In his mind, all of those things just collided together, and why shouldn’t they? When you’re young, everything that happened before you were born is history, and everything that happened afterwards is life. It’s only natural, if you’re young, to care more about life. Laverne, Shirley, Thelma, Louise — what’s

This article appears as “Their First Protest” in the April 8, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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