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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Enough already! 60's still define US political debate

Yet today’s culture war can be seen as just an updated version of the one we were having thirty and forty years ago. The religious, social, political and cultural divides of today still concern the same fundamental issues, a great many of which revolve around sex. To oversimplify a bit, America is divided between people who think that sex is a natural part of life, and you should be able to do it with pretty much whoever you please; and people who think sex is dirty and sinful and they should be able to tell you whom you can do it with and how. (Not to mention the fact that we’ve got our own updated Vietnam—and once again, the liberals were right and the conservatives were wrong).

The passing of one generation of politicians is unlikely to change that. I’d be surprised if we aren’t still arguing about sex twenty years from now. And even if baby boomer politicians are getting long in the tooth, baby boomer voters—and even plenty of their parents—will still be heading to the polls for some time to come. According to the U.S. census, in 2004 there were 113 million voting-eligible Americans between the ages of 18 and 44—those born after 1960—compared to 107 million born before 1960, the boomers and their parents. The post-boomers are now a majority, but their elders are still calling the shots.

"The Hippie Era Just Won't Die"

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