It pays to be skeptical when they tell you the kids aren’t alright. It is a cliche that this generation of young adults is forever the most imperiled, beset by irresistible psychological temptations from both domestic and foreign sources.

Today, young men are being taken in by the countercultural appeal of nationalist and racially antagonistic philosophies. They are marching through the streets, reciting racist slogans, indoctrinating, radicalizing, and playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands. On the other end of the spectrum, the children of the most comfortable generation to have ever lived are embracing a discredited brand of revolutionary socialism. They have been rendered blind to the criminal excesses of the gangs that masquerade as governments in Beijing, Havana, and Caracas. American democracy is threatened by our wayward youth.

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