Dr. Wolff, I live in Southern California and witnessed unbelievable levels of homelessness and despair among young people during road trips I have taken throughout the West in the past two years. In the age of the "gig economy" where Uber runs radio spots urging people to get their "side hustles" going, young folk have no security in the present and face a bleak future if Trump and the austerity hucksters have tbeir way. How can the young be reached and, most importantly, be mobilized? The mendacious memes of Paul Ryan, who claims he wants to save Social Security, need to be effectively neutralized (Trumped. If you will).
An old man, Bernie Sanders, galvanized millions of young people into a powerful political force. The young can be reached by anyone who has (1) a solid critique of the political economy of a declining US capitalism, and (2) a reasonable plan of what changes to make to give young people (and everyone else) real hope for the future. If we do that, the young will be moved, excited not only to save Social Security but to make the many other changes this country so badly needs. I do a good bit of public speaking and traveling around the US and my audiences include a growing number of young folks, more all the time. The politics represented by Clinton and Trump are making their ugly last gasps. The component of the young in the mass demonstrations across the country against Trump's actions on refugees is yet another sign of what is possible. Organization to mobilize: that is the key next step.