Last year, a poll was released showing 53 percent of Americans under age 35 are dissatisfied with our nation’s current economic system and think socialism would be good for the country.
“I guess just, you know, getting rid of that wealth gap in the United States?” Tweet This
While it’s clear that young people increasingly view socialism in a positive light, it’s also clear that many of them are uneducated about what it entails, or the impact it’s had throughout history.
The same poll found many millennials are unfamiliar with historical figures often associated with socialism, such as Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, and Karl Marx. CampusReform
Most of the students Campus Reform talked to were big fans of socialism, yet most could not define it.
One student said of socialism, “I think people throw that word around to try and scare you, but if helping people is socialism, than I’m for it.”
When asked how she would define socialism, her answer was simple: “I mean honestly I’m not not exactly sure.”
“I guess just, you know, getting rid of that wealth gap in the United States?” ventured another.
One student supported it passionately, saying “It’s more of an open form of government and it feels a lot more accessible to a lot more people,” but when asked to explain what socialism actually entails, could only repeat now-common refrain: “To be quite honest I don’t know.” CampusReform
No facts, no history, its Utopian feelings.
It’s easy to say that those running academia have “failed” to educate these students about socialism, but the truth is, this degree of uniform endorsement of a feelings-based, utopian vision of a system is exactly what so many leftwing academics actually want. This is not failure in their eyes; it’s success. DailyWire