Two great belief systems are clashing here. The older liberals tend to be individualistic and meritocratic. A citizen’s job is to be activist, compassionate and egalitarian. Boomers generally think they earned their success through effort and talent.
The younger militants tend to have been influenced by the cultural Marxism that is now the lingua franca in the elite academy. Group identity is what matters. Society is a clash of oppressed and oppressor groups. People who are successful usually got that way through some form of group privilege and a legacy of oppression.
I don’t know, I’m not seeing that at all. All of the young people I know are exactly like these “old liberals” described here. And in contrast, I know many 40, 50, 60 and even 70-year-olds who are exactly like the “younger militants” described here. If the young people do parrot these platitudes about “oppressor groups,” that’s because they want to impress some adult who desperately needs to hear it.
That’s my experience.