Hedges paints Strauss and Howe as guilty by association with Bannon's alt-right ideology. He refers to them as "pseudo-intellectuals" playing the same role as propagandists and apologists for the Third Reich. Having read The Fourth Turning twice, I must say that I find this depiction terribly unfair. And, I am happy to report, I am not alone in thinking so.
The power of Strauss and Howe’s theory of crises comes from its lack of a specific ideology. My own interpretation of it is that the death of an old political, economic and social order creates an opportunity for any determined movement or leader to put a new vision in place. To use the most striking example, both the United States and Germany were in the midst of a terrible economic and political crisis in 1933. The United States turned to Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal; Germany turned to Adolf Hitler and National Socialism.
In my interpretation, the Hero generation of Millennials will still play a huge role in resolving a crisis. This crisis may have begun with what happened on 11 September 2001, but it is ongoing—and I am not referring to the War on Terror, but the way in which the US corporatist state has used terrorism as a pretext to redistribute wealth upward. The current White House may or may not be the culmination of that process, and it may or may not lead directly to a Millennial-led resistance that does or does not overturn the corporatist state.
You see, I don't flatter myself that I have the gift of prophecy. I can, however, make some good educated guesses.