We can observe a six-step process for capturing the political imaginations of the youth.
Step 1: Construct a simplistic narrative with obvious good guys and bad guys and a conclusion with which nobody reasonable could disagree.
Step 2: Ensure that the “bad guys” can’t actually harm the people protesting.
Step 3: Provide singsong, rhythmic slogans that sound innocuous, but that the intended opposition will understand as threatening.
Step 4: Cultivate a supportive environment with quick dopamine rewards for easy actions and peer reinforcement.
Step 5: Guarantee no (or nominal) consequences for ostensibly rebellious behavior.
Step 6: Repeat to the point of violence or absolute control.