I spent Thursday morning in Stockholm giving a talk to and taking questions from a few dozen, mostly younger Swedish political activists, intellectuals, elected officials and government staffers thanks to the good folks at Timbro, Sweden’s free market think tank and especially Timbro’s Billy McCormick.
Spend some time at Timbro’s site. Many interesting things are happening in Europe as the EU comes to grip with its demographic crisis and the global economy’s demands for increasing productivity over promises of lifetime security. Older Europeans may not want to face the future squarely, but there isn’t much stomach for happy talk among folks at the front end of their careers.
If this realism about the need for growth infiltrates America’s younger voting demographic, an already deeply damaged presidency will fall apart in 2011 and 2012. President Obama sold youn voters a bill of goods about what the government could do. The job market is waking them quickly to why they ought to place their hopes on the private sector and support policies to free it to work its magic. Many among the younger activists in Sweden got this message years ago.