The fundamental premise driving the virgin vote was that democracy is social. The key to getting young people involved in politics, regardless of brain chemistry or shopping habits, is to raise them in a culture that cares. And young people simply won’t vote if politics feels distant from their present selves and from their hopes for the future. The simplest lesson in increasing young Americans’ involvement in politics is to think long-term; one election cycle is not enough to build the interest, the aspiration, and the need to vote.
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