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What can the next generation of American voters expect from us?

There are 73 million children in the United States below the age of 18, most of them citizens, who have no say over the policies that will affect them when they become adults. What kind of world will we hand off to the youngest of them when they can first vote in 2036? Will the essential services and institutions of government be as strong as they were when we could first vote? Will the social and economic system they inherit allow them the opportunities their parents and grandparents had, or will their prospects be diminished?

This website is dedicated to exploring the idea of a democratic government that takes seriously the needs and interest of future voters–and doing it in a nonpartisan way. I need your help because there is a lot of work to be done if this concept is going to amount to anything. Some questions that come to mind are:

  • How could we reach any consensus on the interests of future voters?
  • How could those interests be included in political debates and policy development?
  • How could you build majorities to pass laws that reasonably balance the long-term interests of future voters with the more immediate needs of current voters and political leaders?

I don’t have the answers to any of these questions. I don’t believe they are just Republican or just Democratic concerns, so I hope you will join me to find answers, no matter where you land on the political spectrum.

If you would like to come on this journey with me, please read and comment on the Essay. To find updates, visit Tom’s Blog. If you would like to know more about me, please see About Me.

Thanks!

Tom Fehsenfeld