Adolescence is a challenging time of life. The bridge between childhood and adulthood is when emotions develop. It is a time of personal self-discovery. There may be a lot of adolescents in this country who are discovering that they are conservatives. It is arguably easier to come out to a social group as openly gay than it is to be openly conservative.
There is a culture of persecution of conservatives that is openly and widely accepted without much protest. If someone starts espousing conservative ideas, it is likely that somebody from their peer-group will aggressively challenge them and demand that they account for themselves. This is a cowardly attack. The tactic of hostile interrogation means that no contradicting view is being put forward. There is actually no point of disagreement being made. Political discourse from the Left has degenerated into open abuse and little more.
The only course of action left to the conservative adolescent is silence. They cannot debate with the socialist because the socialist refuses to debate. All that socialist knows how to do is to conduct hostile interrogation and then to attack the answer. By using this tactic, the socialist will silence any opposition, allowing their own ideas to prevail by default. It is telling that whenever a socialist politician or commentator is invited to account for their ideas, they will take steps to disrupt the interview, or come back with an over-generalisation or a lie. If the interview ends up like a car crash, their supporters will attack the interviewer mercilessly.
There may be numerous conservative adolescents who are forced to adopt ideological camouflage to be able to survive in a social setting amongst intolerant socialist bullies. Afraid of identifying themselves to others, they are isolated. However, all is not lost. The internet is a repository of conservative thought, not the least on this website.
The opinion polls indicate that the vast bulk of adolescent voters will be voting for socialist parties. How much of this polling is due to peer pressure is not clear. There must be some first-time voters who realise that punishing achievement and confiscating wealth are not the ways to develop a successful economy. These voters could also realise that a party that invites its supporters to hate a portion of the population it describes as “the few”, while at the same time boasting of its respect for minorities is operating under a double standard. Socialism is not a tolerant ideology.
Adolescents may also be concerned at the blind cult of personality directed at a leader whose supporters genuinely believe can do no wrong, has never held a ridiculous opinion, and has never made a mistake in his political career. They may also be worried that any indication of dissent from this political line is always punished severely by the faithful. They may be aware that this is not how British politics is normally conducted. Hopefully, they may have performed research into the history of socialist governments and how their policies have always brought ruin on to their hapless populations. They may inquire into of the fate of Venezuela, a country that is held in high esteem by the unions and the Labour leadership as a model of governance while that country’s leaders are ruining the lives of their people.
None of this intimidation, abuse, cult of personality, or the blind belief of others exists inside the polling booth. The ballot is secret. There is no obligation to disclose for whom a vote has been cast. It is reasonable to lie to anyone who demands to know where the vote has gone. It is to be hoped that the first-time voter understands this.
The support that Jeremy Corbyn has received from that portion of the electorate that is voting for the first time seems too good to be true. It is highly likely that this support has been magnified by those who shout the loudest. Certainly, it has been discovered that Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have been flooding the Twitter service with numerous posts from fake accounts.
We will know the truth soon. If the young adult voters have supported Jeremy Corbyn in droves, this would indicate how unrealistic socialist propaganda can resonate with the young. It would be facile to criticise youth and inexperience for such voting responses. However, it would indicate a gap in the market of political education that needs to be filled urgently. Perhaps there are numerous conservative first-time voters too afraid to tell anyone of the real preference. If this is the case, then it is time for a new cultural revolution.
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