By Will Carter
Will is one of AIDemocracy’s 2010-2011 Issue Analysts. Find out more about Will below or take a look at the Student Issue Analysts.

The role of young people in politics is constantly evolving. The past half-century alone has seen significant advancement in the political clout of young adults in the United States. As a result, today’s American youth possess the ability to greatly alter the future of our nation and the world by, among other things, working for an end to worldwide nuclear proliferation. I envision the young people of America working as a dynamic, well-organized grass-roots organization to simultaneously inform our generation about the dangers and drawbacks of nuclear proliferation, and motivate these young Americans to assert their views via political activity.

Informing young adults about the current nuclear proliferation situation is critical to this plan. I believe that a vast majority of young Americans would oppose the current state of an informal worldwide nuclear stalemate, if they were simply aware of proliferation’s inherent disadvantages. I envision a proficient use of technology to swiftly, and cogently dispense this information. Utilities of specific effectiveness would be facebook groups and blogs because to the rate at which they dispense information, and their established relevance with young adults, along with print materials such as newspapers and magazines due to their high circulation rates.

Simply informing our youth about the situation is only half the battle; stimulating political action requires material that motivates these young adults to become politically active, and efforts to make these political activities more convenient for them. Once the infrastructure for information distribution has been constructed, eloquent, rhetorically succinct material is crucial to inspire our nations youth to take action against nuclear proliferation. This action can be made more convenient for them by providing links on blogs and websites to voter registration forms, and online petitions. These political actions will inform our elected officials of our generation’s dissatisfaction with the status quo.

My name is Will Carter. I am a junior at Hampden-Sydney, where I am majoring in government and economics. I am interested in the issue because I think that many members of my generation are ill informed about it. I envision students in the country acting as an organized grassroots organization to alter the political incentives that face our legislators.

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