Millennials Are Clueless About Communism. Here’s Why That’s a Problem.
Jarrett Stepman / November 03, 2017 | Daily Signal
The collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union ended the Cold War, but it didn’t end the ongoing battle of ideas between liberty and collectivism.
A recently released survey by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation revealed some disturbing facts about what millennials think of communism and socialism.
Some of the results are a little disturbing and could have big implications for the future of our country.
For instance, the poll found that about half of millennials said they would rather live under socialism or communism than capitalism.
The poll also found that nearly 1 in 5 millennials think Josef Stalin was a “hero.”
“Millennials now make up the largest generation in America, and we’re seeing some deeply worrisome trends,” said Marion Smith, executive director for the Victims of Communism, according to MarketWatch. “Millennials are increasingly turning away from capitalism and toward socialism and even communism as a viable alternative.”
The findings of this study should be a wake-up call to those who think that communism is no longer a threat to the United States and the West. Young people, who had little personal experience with the half-century battle between Soviet tyranny and American freedom.
It is a sad indictment on a generation that grew up with more prosperity than any in human history would turn on the system that brought them there. Alas, socialism appears to be the opiate of prosperous utopians.
Perhaps in the decades of unchallenged international supremacy, Americans let their guards down to real threats to our way of life. We were lulled into a false sense of security about our future and have now fallen into the trap of bringing back dangerous doctrines that we have had the good fortune to escape.
Yet, apologies and even wistful nostalgia for the high tide of communist revolution are being peddled in the pages of mainstream liberal outlets like The New York Times.
And weep for this country. Then pray, pray and pray some more that we never fall for this opiate of the past — only to have to kill it again. Here is some food for thought.
Many years back I engaged leftists who would mock any talk of the idea that Marxism and communism was living large among the left. They would scoff saying that is long gone and that we are fighting an ancient war that ended years ago. To believe that is like denying Obamacare passed. You cannot believe them even when trying to lecture you about communism. A Democrat socialist nearly won the nomination. Who are you going to believe? All just to get you to put your guard down.