American Students Love Socialism (Just Don't Ask Them What It Is)

Authored by Cabot Phillips via,

Ask most college students, and they'll tell you that socialism is a wonderful thing. Just don't ask them to define it, because you'll get the same answer.

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.

The same poll found that 45 percent of young Americans would be willing to support an openly socialist Presidential candidate.

The findings of this poll coincide with the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed “Democratic Socialist” from Vermont who received millions of votes in the 2016 Democratic Primary, many of them from millennials.

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.

Wanting to see what millennials in D.C. thought of socialism, Campus Reform headed to Washington, D.C. to ask students two simple questions: “Do you like socialism?” and “What is socialism?”

It quickly became clear that while most of the people we spoke with held an idyllic view of socialism, most had little idea of what it actually is.

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.”

Watch the full video to see what else students had to say about socialism!


Al Gophilia Beam Me Up Scotty Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:22 Permalink

The Constitution of the Republic of America is the least understood document in the United States. That is why we are swirling the drain. This is 400 pages of explanations. Too long for Americans to start, much less finish. This, as well as Bastiat's essay, The Law, once read for understanding,  would be accepted as mandatory study in all civics classes across the land. Period.Edit: Except in CNN land. They'd promote The Republic as a communist plot.

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J S Bach Al Gophilia Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:40 Permalink

I don't care how prejudiced this sounds, but 95% of the "students" attending these diploma mills are not worthy of the title, "Collegiate".Higher education is for those CAPABLE of higher education.  The corrupt system that has infused itself into our institutions since 1955 has thoroughly debased all standards and enabled every featherless biped to have access to these facilities along with their bequeathed honorific-sheepskins of knowledge.  What are the results?  Behold, ye ignorant plebs.

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chumbawamba Four chan Tue, 07/18/2017 - 03:59 Permalink

For fuck's fucking sake.  The white chick at the beginning of the video is more nigger than the black chick who appears after her.  The black dude standing next to her has got to be thinking, "Damn, bitch, you be slummin' it too damn hard."Stupid cunt.  Look in a mirror and accept your own culture, you fucking embarrassment to humanity.I am Chumbawamba.

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divingengineer J S Bach Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:06 Permalink

They have reason to feel the way they do.
Their future has been stolen by bankers and shitheel politicians.
The wealth of 200 million people has been looted and shared by a couple thousand thieves.
They are looking for answers, socialism's siren song has drawn millions of disaffected youth. It is a symptom of the zeitgeist.

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J S Bach divingengineer Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:48 Permalink

Then, divingengineer... if they were capable of "higher education"... they would know to LOOK for those answers and THINK about those mere thousand thieves who have stolen their futures.  But, alas, most of those collegiates are not capable of this higher reasoning (hence, proving my point).  Instead, they will follow the very entity which has enslaved them and given them a $50,000 student loan debt.  In a moribund way, the manipulators are admirable in their ability to move this multitude of "scholars" in their sway toward their ends of disolution.

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runnymede J S Bach Tue, 07/18/2017 - 14:49 Permalink

The best articulation I have read on this subject is:The Theory of Education in the United States by NockIt's the transcripts of a series of lectures that are priceless. It is in the public domain so it is free to download in several places. I have a version that works well with android and kindle.The Law of Diminishing returns is universal. See: education.The trick was to blur/obliterate the line distinguishing education from training. We use the word education, when a more accurate description would be training for what students today receive. A paraphrase from the speech-- 'education, given a suitable candidate, can produce an Emerson. Training can produce an Edison. Candidates suitable for education are rare. Candidates suitable for training are numerous'....Granted very few potential Edisons out there, but unless someone is a complete imbecile, they can be trained in something useful. It's unfortunate that we pretend that most people are educable. The waste if resources is staggering ---- diminishing returns. Most post-high school kids should and could receive useful skill in say a year to get a decent job. And save themselves and taxpayers a lot of money. But .gov has everyone convinced they need a university credential and a shit load of debt---when they are still basically  as ignorant as the day they first set foot on campus.

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Shemp 4 Victory 847328_3527 Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:33 Permalink

...and then when they opened the Soviet archives in the 90s, they discovered the real number was between 600,000 and 800,000.But yes, you are correct, Americans are dumbed down because, after a lifetime of Red Scare propaganda, they still believe all the myths they were programmed with.Stalin's purges are rather interesting when you learn who was purged.

There is a general consensus amongst pro and anti Soviet historians that some of the most vicious and horrible political repressions in the Soviet Union took place between 1934 and 1937 when the secret (political) police was headed by two truly demonic figures, Genrikh Yagoda and Nikolai Ezhov.  And yet, the so-called “Great Purges” (1936-1938) also cover the time when the famous Lavrentii Beria became the head of secret (political) police.  But ask yourself, if these are “purges” then was exactly was “purged”?  The peasants?  The clergy?  The petty bourgeois or maybe the nobility?  Not at all, it was the Party and, first and foremost, the secret (political) police, i.e. exactly the people who were guilty of the atrocities committed between 1934 and 1937.  In fact – a lot of them were specifically executed for treason, abuse of power, illegal executions, etc.… the Trotskyists that Stalin didn't get to moved to America and started the political movement that became neoconservatism.

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michigan independant Shemp 4 Victory Mon, 07/17/2017 - 23:01 Permalink

How close was Trotsky to Daniel Bell who captured the syncretic nature of neoconservatism when he described himself as a “socialist in economics, a liberal in politics, and a conservative in culture.” On one level, neoconservatism certainly is a syncretic “mode of thinking,” but neoconservatism is in fact "as he asserted" comprehensive political philosophy shaped most fundamentally by the ideas of Leo Strauss via Irving Kristol? On the surface I incline to your comment.

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GUS100CORRINA nidaar Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:43 Permalink

American Students Love Socialism (Just Don't Ask Them What It Is)My response: DEFINITION OF TERMS is really important in any discussion. By the way, our elected officials (especially PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS) start arguing with people without really understanding what they are defending.Ad hominem attacks always occur when there is confusion or a sense that the position being defended is indefensible, DEMOCRATS are masters of ad hominem attacks. Definition of terms is the key.

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Canary Paint GUS100CORRINA Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:06 Permalink

I agree. I have been poking around a bit because I did not feel I understood the terms so well and maybe was even getting dumber as I seem to see a lot of folks who think either "Socialism is government regulations and stuff!" or "Socialism is being nice to people and stuff!"While I have made some progress, I have limited time. I would like to read a book that is a point by point comparison between two countries to give concrete examples of how one is more socialist than another.I think some from the right view taxation as a form of socialism since it redistributes profits. I think some from the left would not share this view saying that if the capital in the company is owned by individuals, how could it be socialism?Are subsidies of certain sectors socialism?Is Airbus partially socialized because state actors own some of its capital?At least, I am still learning, and I learned from this article that if folks with cameras walk up to me and start asking questions, keep my damned mouth shut or risk being a YouTube clown ;-)

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general ambivalent Beam Me Up Scotty Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:28 Permalink

Problem is that free market capitalism can't exist. Ask any of its true believers for a definition and they will give you nonsense or something that could only ever work on paper.And that's because it is nothing more than a fairy tale for servants of the state to get them to work harder. All of the preconditions for capitalism are large nationalist states, and ironically it was absolutist monarchies which set up capitalism.

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