Young Punk Democrats

Lots of bloggers are commenting on Kos's recent post on what he calls "new generation politics":


[...] I sense the generational divide between new school activists (those of us who came "of age" politically in the late 90s and 00s), and those who harken back to the 60s and 70s. If Latinos did have national leaders, I'd want them to be fresh and new and attuned to the media and political landscape of the 00s, not retreads from previous political generations. Outside the realm of ethnic and racial politics, my favorites aren't Ted Kennedy, Gephardt, or Kerry, as much as I might respect them, but Obama and Schweitzer and Dean.

I'm increasingly convinced that the biggest intra-movement divide nowadays isn't ideological -- we mostly all agree on the same things -- but generational. Old school activists view politics and the activist realm differently than new school activists (very generally speaking). Those differences manifest themselves in arguments over single issue groups, effective activism, partisanship, tone, style, pragmatism, the types of candidates we should run, etc.
Republic of Dogs is non-plussed to say the least. (Hat tip to Jedmunds of Pandagon.)
I think that Kos’s case is emblematic, however, of the shallow business school discourse that predominates among the leadership not just of our party, but of our society’s leadership class. I worry about this.
RoD's assessment strikes me as excessively harsh, but the post is a very good read.

[Daily Kos, Republic of Dogs, Pandagon]


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