Though it isn’t written from that perspective (and, in fact, seems to subtly sympathize with the “woke” generation), the new Vanity Fair feature story chronicling the “civil war” erupting at The New York Times is an amazing glimpse into the mindset of young liberal millennials in the workplace.
While the behind-the-scenes chatter exposed by Vanity Fair won’t come as a shock to anyone who has watched this generation come of age with one degree of horror or another, it is still extraordinary to see that these little monsters have not left their college activism behind as they head out into the world. Maybe it was naïve on our part to expect that they would.
Maybe we just wanted one last strand of hope for the future of our nation.
Alas, in a world where we now take seriously the concept of raising “gender-creative theybys” (that’s a parenting style that does not assign a gender or any gender-specific pronouns to their child), it can hardly be surprising to learn that young staffers at The New York Times are horrified by even the MILDEST whiff of conservatism in the halls of the Grey Lady.
According to Vanity Fair, the “young guard” at the paper is absolutely intolerant of opinion writers like Bari Weiss and Bret Stephens, both of them anti-Trump conservatives who have about as much relevance to conservatism in 2018 as Hillary Clinton has to the future of the Democrat Party. For the “woke” crew, it’s not enough that Weiss and Stephens oppose Trump and, by extension, most elected Republicans. No, no. Because Weiss doesn’t agree with every single aspect of the #MeToo movement, she is a bigoted traitor. And don’t even get them started on Stephens, who had the audacity to question climate science! To millennial liberals, dissent from the narrative is indistinguishable from violence.
The most enlightening part of the story, though, was a remark from one of the newspaper’s “old guard” – one of the writers who thinks the younger kids are at least a wee bit out to lunch. In his analysis of the friction between the new employees and the traditional ones, he offers one of the best descriptions we’ve ever heard of millennial leftists.
“I think a lot of this younger generation were brought up to believe that it’s very important that their voices be heard, and so I think it’s a bit harder to fit into an institution where it’s less than democratic in some ways,” he told Vanity Fair. “One generation came of age where they entered this esteemed institution and tried to find a way to fit into it, and this other generation has an expectation that the institution will change to accommodate them. That’s the essence of the tension.”
That’s it right there. That’s the problem that we are going to start seeing not just in Washington, not just in Hollywood, and not just on college campuses, but in every workplace in the country. Entitled brats who prove that the pejorative “snowflake” was one of the most perfect insults ever devised. “Brought up to believe that it’s very important that their voices be heard.”
Thanks, Trophy Parents. You’ve really given this country quite the gift.