GOLDBERG: Personally, I think the voting age should be much, higher, not lower. I think it was a mistake to lower it to 18, to be brutally honest….[I]t is a simple fact of science that nothing correlates more with ignorance and stupidity than youth. We’re all born idiots, and we only get over that condition as we get less young. And yet there’s this thing in this culture where, ‘Oh, young people are for it so it must be special.’ No, the reason young people are for it because they don’t know better. That’s why we call them young people. [...]
The fact that young people think socialism is better than capitalism. That’s proof of what social scientists call their stupidity and their ignorance. And that’s something that conservatives have to beat out of them. Either literally or figuratively as far as I’m concerned.First of all, I don't think the reason they call us "young people" is because we're stupid. It's because we're young. Frankly, we're not even THAT young - we're adults. We have responsibilities, and jobs (well, some of us), and some of us are even married and/or have kids. We participate in society as much as you do, and have as much right and responsibility to make our political voices heard.
And I'd like to be all smart-sounding about this, but I really can't think of an appropriate response to the claim that SCIENCE says young people are stupid, because it's just wrong.
You know what? I think that in a lot of ways, capitalism kind of sucks. I think socialized health care would be great. And if you think that's a fair reason for violence against me than, one, that's seriously disturbing, and two, it probably means your ideas can't stand on their own value.