“Democracy, Meh?” →

The New York Times re­cently re­por­ted on a troub­ling stat­ist­ic:

Across nu­mer­ous coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Bri­tain, the Neth­er­lands, New Zea­l­and, Sweden and the United States, the per­cent­age of people who say it is “es­sen­tial” to live in a demo­cracy has plummeted, and it is es­pe­cially low among young­er gen­er­a­tions.

Fiv­eThirtyEight pos­ted a quick take on the sur­vey that promp­ted that art­icle:

First, the bad news: That data is le­git­im­ate, and it fits with re­search oth­er poll­sters have done on the mil­len­ni­al gen­er­a­tion — loosely defined as every­body born from 1980 to 1997. …

That said, this isn’t ex­actly the same thing as mil­len­ni­als not lik­ing demo­cracy or clam­or­ing for a dic­tat­or, Taylor said[.] … “By any met­ric, gov­ern­ment has per­formed badly” over the last 20 years, he told me. Mil­len­ni­als have come of age in a time when our demo­crat­ic gov­ern­ment has been char­ac­ter­ized by grid­lock, par­tis­an­ship, in­ef­fect­ive­ness and res­ist­ance to change.

20 years of grid­lock is too much. That’s long enough to know that oc­ca­sion­ally vot­ing in dif­fer­ent Re­pub­lic­ans and dif­fer­ent Demo­crats is not go­ing to fix things, as that has happened over those years. We need more. We need to change how we vote, not just who we vote for.