In what is likely a first in American History, a large number of young people under the age of 40 would prefer to live in a socialist nation over a capitalist one like the United States. Millennials (often described as those born between 1980 and 2000) have a much different outlook on socialism then their parents and grandparents.
“Millennials are increasingly turning away from capitalism and toward socialism and even communism as a viable alternative,” Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, told FoxNews.
The foundation, located in Washington D.C., found that 44 of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country, and perhaps even more shocking, 7% say they would rather reside in a communist one. However, just 42 percent of people in the same age group said they want to live in a capitalistic country. This is according to the survey of 2,000 people.
Those findings are supported by other studies, and backed up by the voting patterns of millennials in the 2016 presidential primaries.
Libertarian think tank, Reason-Rupe, conducted a poll in 2014 and discovered that 58 percent of those aged 18 to 24 have a favorable view of socialism, while just 56 percent of that age group said the same about capitalism.
This was evident during the 2016 election, when Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, easily won the millennial vote.
What has sparked young people to view socialism through rose-colored glasses, despite the fact that both socialist and communist regimes were responsible for the deaths of millions throughout the 20th Century? A lot has to do with college professors, Hollywood and other forms of entertainment, such as magazines, portraying socialism and communism as “a fair system” which works against “the rich.”
Teen Vogue, which is targeted to female readers between the ages of 12 and 18, recently published a long article that many have criticized as “glorifying” Karl Marx, the “father of communism.” It stated that “His writings have inspired social movements in Soviet Russia, China, Cuba, Argentina, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and more.” However, not once does the article mention that millions of innocent men, women and children were slaughtered in these countries in the name of Marx.
Many believe the only way to inform young people on the true, horrific history of socialism and communism is to educate them with facts, and allow those who suffered under these regimes to do it. In an article written by Ewa Ryszard and published online, the Polish native described to millennials his life growing up under communism. In it he wrote about not always having electricity (which would surely upset this Iphone-loving generation) along with rationing of food, corruption, black markets and little free speech.
Ryszard wrote, “Think millennials want government officials controlling the music they listen to or the programs they watch? Under communism there was NO free speech.”
Even some college age people do not think many in their generation truly grasp the horrific realities of socialism and communism.
Alec Dent, a junior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, stated, “I don’t think my fellow young people really understand what socialism is. To most of us it’s just an abstract concept, identified more with the ‘lovable crazy uncle’ image of Bernie Sanders than the tyranny of Stalin.”