A rising generation and the American political system are coming to a crossroads.
Millennials, defined as born between 1986 and 2006, are already one of the largest voting blocs in American politics. But unlike in the 2008 presidential election, which saw the rise of a dynamic candidate like Barack Obama, millennials will no longer be voting in one unified group. Instead, the generation has splintered based on several factors — not just the ideologies of their families, but also the perspective with which they approach politics.
And that's where it's different for millennials, because the very perspective that they bring to American politics will be the very thing that shapes whether the generation continues the status quo or charts a new path forward for the country.
In late 2014, I began crowdfunding an effort to put together a project, which has since taken the form of a book, to chronicle this relationship between the millennial generation and American politics. Shortly after launching, I met my initial goal of $1,000.
The initial goal of the project was to publish the book during the early stages of the 2016 election; however, by April 2016, it became relatively clear that the 2016 election cycle was one that would rewrite (or at least change) the political playbook.
And so now this is a project without a final due date, but instead one that will be informed and influenced by what happens in November 2016.
In the meantime, though, here are pieces I've written on the subject: