These two generations of leaders, - one at the top of their careers and the other about to start out on theirs, - are reacting to the changes all around them in distinctly different ways. The Boomers keep replaying the ideological and cultural battles with which they grew up. “What degree of government regulation is needed to help curtail the kinds of abuses that led to the ongoing global financial crisis? Are self-regulated free markets always the best answer? What does it mean to live in an increasingly multicultural society? Should society accommodate to the different kinds of nuclear families all around us?
The Millennials are in a very different space. They don’t need to keep defending market economies against communism, as this issue was settled with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union, which happened when they were little or even before they were born. They have generally grown up and are comfortable living in a much more diverse environment. They have had openly gay and lesbian friends since high school. Get a life is what I imagine they are thinking when they hear the tired ideological and cultural debates of the older generations.