These days I can’t help but feel at least some level of guilt when it comes to how it is that my generation has, in a way, let down the current generation. Because I feel that we haven’t adequately made them understand the very obvious evils of Socialism, nor have we sufficiently defended capitalism and the benefits that come from having free-market economic system. And the reason I say that is because of recent polling data would seem to indicate that millennials are simply no longer all that alarmed by the idea of socialism. For instance, it’s according to a fairly recent poll that showed 53 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds view socialism favorably, compared to only a quarter of Americans over 55. And yet another poll found that 43 percent of respondents younger than 30 viewed socialism favorably, compared to 32 percent thinking favorably of capitalism.
So why might this be? First of all, I think a big player in creating the false impression that socialism is somehow a far more fair and just, system is our pathetic system of public education. Millennials don’t seem to know what socialism is, and how it’s different from other styles of government, because they haven’t been taught that. They don’t understand the definition of socialism is where the government ownership of the means of production—in other words, true socialism requires that government run the businesses. However, in yet another poll that was taken, it was only 16 percent of millennials who could accurately define socialism, while 30 percent of Americans over 30 could. Incidentally, 56 percent of Tea Partiers accurately defined it. In fact, those most concerned about socialism are those best able to explain it. So once again, as it relates to those on the left, ignorance is bliss.
However, young people don’t actually like the true definition of socialism—the idea of government running businesses. Millennials reached adulthood after the Cold War ended and haven’t really heard all that much about Soviet socialism. And, something that should come as no surprise, neither have they learned nearly anything about it in school. Also, without the obvious association between socialism and the existence of a foreign threat, they have less of a reason to accept the any of the arguments made for why socialism is economically and politically restrictive. And I doubt few have gone to all the trouble of looking into how it is that socialism has been nothing but an unmitigated disaster everywhere it has ever been tried. Millennials are also much less religious than previous generations, so they are less sensitive to the concern that socialism replaces God with government.
We shouldn’t be surprised millennials don’t possess any knowledge about what socialism is. But it’s the leaders of Democrat Party, whom millennials tend to trust more, who never seem to want to admit that the Democrat Party shares many more similarities with Socialism than differences. Take, for instance, former Democrat presidential nominee Hiltery. Despite making the claim that she, herself, is not a socialist, she found herself being unable to explain, or unwilling to admit, how Democrats and socialists are different during an MSNBC interview back in January 2016. But Hitlery wasn’t the only one who resisted answering the question and that any reasonably intelligent person knows the answer to. Because it was also then chairman of the Democrat National Committee, Debbie Wizzerman Schultz, who couldn’t bring herself to answer the very same question.
So while the supposed ‘leaders’ of the Democrat Party can’t bring themselves to admit that the party is essentially becoming more and more socialist, it’s a growing number of ‘former’ Democrats who are now coming out of the closet, so to speak, and revealing their true selves for the leftwing, America-hating, kooks that they are. Hence the fact that the “Democratic Socialists of America” is now one of the fastest-growing political groups amongst liberals. According to the L.A. Times socialists are becoming more and more prevalent in American society. It says, “The surge of activism sweeping the U.S. since Donald Trump’s election has energized the nation’s largest socialist organization, which has tripled in size over the last year to claim more than 19,000 dues-paying members. That’s a record for the DSA, which was founded in 1982.”
It goes on to say, “People really felt that they had to do something to combat the incoming Trump administration,” said David Duhalde, the deputy director of the Democratic Socialists of America’s national leadership, which helps coordinate chapters spread across 40 states. “We’re not only somebody you can resist Trump with, we’re somebody you can build a better world with.” And it is their website explains their goal by saying, “As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives.” There’s and old saying that says, It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
As a matter of fact, many leftists groups grew after Trump’s surprising win in November. They like to refer to it as the “Trump Bump” and liberal organizations like the ACLU, the Democrat Party, and the New York Times are swelling in numbers. But socialism? And it was also the L.A. Times that said, “… unabashed socialism hasn’t had this big of a voice in American politics in decades, and many leftists say they feel energized. New members of the Democratic Socialists of America say they want build a grassroots movement engaged at the local level — and either pull the Democratic Party leftward or shove it out of the way.” After the November election, I think we’ve already begun to see an attempt to push the frail corpse of the DNC out of the way as socialists try to take over the party. But most Americans assume they already had. Perhaps that’s why Hitlery lost in the first place.
Anyone who thinks that socialism is a good idea needs to go live in a socialist “utopia” and experience it firsthand. And Mr. Duhalde’s idiot claim of weakening corporations in order to make workers stronger is a joke. Under socialism they claim everyone is equal? But as history continues to show us. Under socialism some are far “more equal” then others. You won’t have the opportunity to get rich and I doubt you’d like being told that you and your children will work in a factory forever or on some failing cooperative farm until you die poor while the people who are in charge of your socialist dream live like royalty off YOUR work. And under the great plan of socialism if you complain you simply disappear never to be seen again. Socialism kills the human spirit, it sucks the life out of achievement and destroys the incentive to create and invent. Ask anyone forced to live in such a system, how much they enjoyed it?