Why Are Millennials Wary Of Freedom?: Article Analysis

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Clay Routledge’s “Why Are Millennials Wary of Freedom?” explains how helicopter parenting and victimhood culture influence the millennials. Clay Routledge, a professor of psychology at North Dakota State University, claims that millennials are wary of freedom because they do not support democracy, hence indicating that they are afraid of freedom. He proves his claim by providing different statistics to show the number of millennials that request the government to regulate speech and the amount of Americans who think that democracy is a bad idea. By mentioning these numbers, he also indicates the millennial's strong desire to remove the restrictions on speech. The indications shown in his article recommend that he identifies the millennials …show more content…
In paragraph four, Routledge mentions the 2016 Gallup survey, which presents that “66 percent of Democratic and 47 percent of Republican students believe there are times a college should withdraw a campus speaker’s invitation after it has been announced” (Routledge, 2). This seems to support Routledge’s statement that millennials are wary of freedom. However, millennials are people who age 18 to 34, where this suggests that this survey only represents a minority of millennials. Hence, this makes Routledge’s statement inaccurate as he is cherry-picking his statistics to match his claim and it seems that he is trying to overstate the case. Additionally, there is no suggestion that the millennials who support restrictions on certain types of speech are the same as those who are not committed to democracy. The evidence he has provided give no indication of this being true …show more content…
He also assumes the worry that all millennials have is caused by helicopter parenting and the victimhood culture, and to explain the effects of this anxiety in millennials, he states that “fear causes people to privilege psychological security over liberty” (Routledge, 3). He claims that this fear causes the young Americans to act “alt-right” in that he assumes that they also believe in conservatism and anti-socialism because of their fearfulness. However, I believe it is the consequences that may come with the unregulated freedom that worries them and causes them to act cautiously in order to protect themselves and their society. This can be supported by the fact that millennials are less likely to trust democracy due to our society’s overall erosion of trust. Racism, sexual assaults, and the slow degradation of workers’ right are the matters that reinforce their distrust. Young generations are going to be affected by how they see American democracy. Despite the government inciting wariness of freedom, I also believe financial and material concern do play a role in this, however. People are more wary of an unregulated plutocracy that’s geared towards enriching the elites and not improving life for everyone. According to U.S. Census data, “over one-third of Americans under age 35 owned homes as of mid-2016, down 12% from

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