While more than half of Americans rejected socialism in a recent Gallup poll, 43% surveyed said some version of it would be good for the country.
"I'm not against the immigrants. I'm just, I'm for Americans. Nobody cares about them. It's like, 'shut up, you're dying, we're gonna replace you.'"
Younger Americans grew up hearing about massacres, but it's not clear that's changed their views on guns.
"This is the first American generation expected to be worse off economically than previous generations."
The 80 million young Americans between 18 and 35 need a way to hold those we elect accountable and focused on creating the future we want, not the future special interests want. Association of Young Americans' mission is to insert the voice of young people into every day politics and restore balance to the political process to solve problems that are holding us back.
Young Americans are fighting an uphill battle against a huge list of social, financial, and political issues that must be solved.
A recent Harvard University poll shows that only 26 percent of young Americans under the age of 30 intend to vote in this
Now it's our generation's turn to address perhaps the most important issue of our time -- restoring government of, by, and for the people, not bought, paid, or sold to special interests.
Being poor anywhere sucks, but there's perhaps a particular kind of soul crushing that one experiences being poor in New York City. On average, after rent and bills, I probably had less than three hundred dollars per month to put toward food, other expenses and social activities.
An analysis of five-year trends conducted by the Harvard Public Opinion Project has found that young American's support of Democrats is actually on the decline. Democrats will struggle to elect any candidates in 2014, 2016 and beyond without strong support in this key demographic.
It causes me actual, real pain when I run into young people afraid of risks -- afraid to strike out on their own because it "might not work out." Might not work out? Of course it won't "work out" at first. That's part of the fun. OK, maybe not fun, per se. But it's part of the adventure.
As the White House prepares its budget proposals for the coming fiscal year and the House prepares to reject them, millions of older Americans who have lost their jobs, their unemployment, and in many cases their houses, are holding out little hope of much relief.
Here's an idea that I bet isn't getting much play in the West Wing: How about in 2014, the President start treating Millennials like adults instead of adult children? Even better, he could support policies that will enable more Millennials to lead adult lives.
When money equals speech, power and influence over government, Millennials are at a distinct disadvantage. We're cash-strapped: more underemployed and debt-ridden than any previous generation -- and certainly not invested in the stock market to get those good capital gains tax rates.
This video is part of a series of interviews with speakers, attendees and panelists at The Aspen Ideas Festival, produced
Lance Bangs spent his youth making music videos for bands such as Sonic Youth, R.E.M., Belle & Sebastian and The Shins, and, among other camera jobs, lensing episodes of Jackass.
Tomorrow, thousands of Year Up students and staff in eight of our cities will take part in our annual Walk for Opportunity. They are rallying to raise public awareness about the massive pool of untapped talent that our young adults represent, and the economic necessity of closing the Opportunity Divide.
The truth is that there is simply too much at stake to stay idle. What politicians in Washington do today, will affect all of us in the future.