As conservatives scratch their collective heads on how to win over young people, a millennial whose online audience is center-left explains why [crscore]Bernie Sanders[/crscore] is appealing to youth.
Devin Foley, the thoughtful President of Intellectual Takeout and Better Ed, explains Sanders is growing in popularity among young people because he gives voice to those who can’t find jobs, who see unfair disparities and who suffer from massive debt.
Besides that, Foley says conservatives refuse to reach out to youth in ways that resonate or make sense of the fallen world to them, a world that once promised going to college would result in economic security. Conservatives put too many eggs in a political basket, failing to engage the culture most relevant to youth, he says. They also show insufficient empathy for the poor, and have allowed progressives to own compassion by using government to address material needs.
Spiritual needs, he says, for community and real compassion get forgotten, ignored and displaced by such policies. In this exclusive video interview for the Daily Caller News Foundation, Foley discusses how America seems to have incentivized broken families and atomized living with well-intentioned, but destructive policies.
Foley was raised by a single mother, educated at Hillsdale College, and now has five young children who are homeschooled after he and his wife tried public education. He learns from his beloved online audience and listens to those outside his natural comfort zone. He practices pluralism and dialogue across the ideological divide, a rare trait in a world often segregated by worldview.
The mission of Intellectual Takeout, which can reach 20 million people in a week, is to “feed minds, foster discussion and inspire action based on the principles and virtues necessary for human flourishing.”
A lofty mission, with an equally elevating vision that calls for “a cultural renaissance in America based on the ideals of freedom, justice and subsidiarity.”
For America to be strong again, Foley wants families to be strengthened and the culture to be fortified by a transcendent sense of justice, as opposed to the elevation of self. He thinks we need a moral compass again, a common set of values for real human flourishing.
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