to discuss the question Are people becoming more liberal as they grow older?
The question came from a metastudy which examined the trends on “politics, economics, race, gender, religion and sexuality issues” (Live Science) and “The study showed attitude changes in both 18-39 and 60 and older age groups, with the latter tending to grow more tolerant rather than more conservative” (Reuters).
I said I do think that people are becoming more liberal, as the study would probably have defined liberal.
Thirty years ago there were plenty of people who thought that if you did not attend my particular church, you were going to hell. Now those same people usually think there is more leeway. I am betting those people are considered liberal.
Thirty years ago there were plenty of people who wouldn’t hire a black person. Now I think most Americans would agree that race is not a reason to discriminate.
Thirty years ago many people wouldn’t hire a woman. Now I think most of them would.
By today’s definition of conservative (political and economic) perhaps we have not become more liberal, but I do believe we have become more liberal in these areas.