Millennials And Their Scary Support Of Socialism & Communism

Authored by Alex Deluce via GoldTelegraph.com,

According to the latest findings from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 50 percent of today’s American millennials view socialism or communism as the ideal political ideology. Half of them have found their heroes in dictators such as Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong. Lenin, Che, and Kim Jong Un.

The country that grew into the wealthiest on earth through capitalism is showing alarming signs of turning away from its roots.

Much of this trend is due to historical illiteracy and a failure to teach an entire generation about the destruction that have been perpetrated by previous communist regimes. At the same time, they are uninformed about the failures and desperations experienced in current communist countries, such as Venezuela and Cuba. Today’s millennials are hard-pressed to even define socialism and communism. They feel at odds with capitalism and simply feel any alternative would be better, although many haven’t started working or become a part of the workforce thanks to the pro wall street policies practiced by the Federal Reserve.

One of the lures of socialism is the same one proselytized by Karl Marx: the division of wealth. High earners and inherited wealth are seen as unfairly depriving the rest the population of their “fair share,” although most millennials are unable to elaborate clearly on the concept. A mere third of millennials can even correctly define socialism. Only half can identify capitalism as the free market economic system that lured millions of their ancestors to American shores.

For those who thought the Cold War is at an end, these trends are a disturbing wakeup call. This time, however, the chill is not across the Atlantic. Socialism is on the rise as a threat to America, but the threat is coming from America’s own newest generation of voters, who weren’t even born when the Berlin Wall magnificently collapsed to the cheer of millions. They were, ironically, raised during one of history’s most prosperous periods while being indoctrinated into ideologies their grandparents died to obliterate.

Socialism is no longer seen as a threat. Instead, the once-feared ideology is now being celebrated as “cool.” In certain circles, it carries an automatic claim to virtue. And millennials are being fed the joys of socialism on a daily basis by an increasingly left-leaning media. It was a like-minded media that praised Lenin’s implementation of communism as a “noble ideal.” Politically, we may have come full circle in less than 100 years.

Many Americans feel the need for an educational system that teaches the actual consequences of communism and the economic possibilities provided by capitalism. If this does not happen, they fear that the realities of a classless society may become all too real.

Donald Trump’s election to the American presidency has underscored the media bias toward socialism and liberalism, while freedom and capitalism are being covered in increasingly dark and negative terms. Journalists no longer feel compelled to report facts. Instead, opinions, no matter how inaccurate, passes for journalism. And these opinions are being eagerly absorbed by the millennial generation seeking so-called “safe spaces.” While the actual definition may not be clearly defined, space spaces seems to be any place where capitalism is not. Close to half of millennials state they want to live in a socialist country, safely protected from the freedoms and obligations of the First Amendment. Yet thanks to our educational system, these same millennials are unable to define either socialism, communism, or capitalism correctly.

Communist regimes have risen by the dozen since Lenin’s marched into Moscow. And they have collapsed in almost equal numbers. Only a few struggling and starving Communist countries are still hanging on by a fraying thread, oblivious to the misery of their masses.

If our schools were anxious to explain the truth about communism, they would teach that:

  1. Communism thwarts creativity and personal ambition. The individual is merely a part of the whole.

  2. Both Russian and China endured starvation and the death of more than 40 million citizens through forced collectivization after the government nationalized small farms. Forced redistribution of property is an integral part of Marx’s Manifesto.

  3. The millennials’ much vaunted quest for “equality” translates into equal poverty for all. Under socialism, there are no incentives to work and prosper. Revolts by a more ambitious segment of communist populations have brought down several regimes, including Russia.

  4. The proven success of capitalism is a threat to communist regimes, some of which would readily act to destroy America. Some millennials actually welcome the idea.

  5. The lack of incentive to actual work causes inefficiency at all levels of government, including the ruin of ecologically critical land and waters.

  6. The millennials’ argument against capitalist monopolies ignores the fact the under socialism and communist, there is only one monopoly – the government.

  7. While Marx’s argument for class struggle may have had an iota of validity in an age when people were ruled by the whim of dictatorial royals, it is capitalism that has made a strong middle class possible, thus erasing the lines between upper and lower classes. Today’s remaining communist countries have only two classes: a small but powerful ruling class and the remaining, poor populace. The absolute elitism decried by Marxists can only grow in a Marxist society.

  8. Communist regimes require absolute obedience. At least 80 million people have been killed since the early 20th century to keep alive the myth of a viable communist or socialist state.

Sadly, the millennial generation is mostly unaware and indifferent to the above facts. And our schools and liberal media are serving as greater advocates for socialism than Karl Marx was ever able to. He lacked capitalism’s innate belief in freedom of the press, as well as the innovations capitalism made possible to disseminate news and information to all interested citizens.

Comments

Dabooda stizazz Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:56 Permalink

Communism is increasingly attractive to kids who are taught that communism is the opposite of capitalism -- and capitalism is perceived as being the system we have now.  But our present system has damn little to do with free markets -- it's actually fascism, where connected elites  use government to control and loot the 99%.  Millennials think:  if that's capitalism, then communism (which they have never experienced and know fuck-all about) can't be so bad.  They perceive only a choice of evils:  either the 1% effectively enslave the 99% -- or the 99% "redistribute" the wealth of the 1% however they please.  It's just a question of who gets to loot whom, to that way of thinking. Few people think in other terms:  that genuine free trade is voluntary, and therefore nearly always delivers benefits to both parties in every trade.  Government-controlled economies, on the other hand, always devolve into power struggles over who gets to loot whom, and someone is always getting screwed.  Kids are taught the false alternatives of "capitalism" (actually fascism) vs. communism, when the real alternative is government vs. free markets.

 

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nmewn Dabooda Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:18 Permalink

Well stated. 

To me, there is zero difference between "government sponsored entities" and socialistic fascism and/or communism. None. 

And all of it flows forth from the bastardization of the language, one of the tricks they use is this "public/private partnership" BS.

Sounds all flowery, lovely and kumbaya-ish until you ask yourself, just who exactly will regulate this "partnership"...that is to say, who guards the guards? ;-) 

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RedDwarf nmewn Sun, 03/04/2018 - 02:33 Permalink

"To me, there is zero difference between "government sponsored entities" and socialistic fascism and/or communism. None. "

Corporatism, Fascism, Socialism, Communism, Feudalism, Mercantilism, et al.  All of these systems are at their core based upon the same creed.  That an oligarchy with a monopoly of major force should control and regulate all major aspects of the economy.

It does not work, has never worked, and will never work.  But humans keep trying it because humans keep misapplying the evolutionary concept of the 'tribe' to the 'state'.  The cost of embracing these policies in the modern context is collapse and death, and of course often war.

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mglen nmewn Sun, 03/04/2018 - 05:41 Permalink

Commie/Social/Fasci = Rule by Man

Republic = Rule by Law

The Founders were history experts who designed the a system to avoid what they viewed as mistakes of previous societal structures. These unmotivated and uneducated useful idiots want to tear it down. As the person above so eloquently stated: "Fuck Them".

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nidaar Dabooda Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:43 Permalink

It's been the case for every young generation more or less. As attributed to Winston Churchill saying “If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.”

Majority of Millennials are inexperienced, arrogant and impatient, like almost everyone when they are young. Once they start having children they will have to wise up. And even if not, Darwinism will take care of those. In any case see the top right of this window "On a long enough timeline..."

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business as stusual nidaar Sat, 03/03/2018 - 20:10 Permalink

Unfortunately for them they may never reach middle age. As we continue to head into the latest ice age global crop losses continue to mount. Historically during these continually recurring ice ages the global population loss is normally between 10% and 25%. THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT. This will be the first ice age where the majority of the worlds population live in large urban centers with no food production nearby. I would not be surprised to see a global population loss of 50% or better this time. Most of the people in the US have no concept of what it will take to survive, let alone thrive.

"Hey you, out of the gene pool!"

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waspwench nidaar Sat, 03/03/2018 - 22:09 Permalink

The Millennials are so idoctrinated, so susceptible to propaganda, so dumbed-down by the communist apparatchiks that pass for teachers and professors, that it will going to be difficult to reach them before it is too late.    Right now there is an entire generation of useful idiots walking into the marxist trap.

The most terrifying thing about this time is that this time is different.   The technology that is available now to spy on and to control the population, and the advent of robot police and soldiers to deal with any rebellion, almost guarantees that any regime, once in power will be impossible to eradicate.

Unless our society can prevent a socialist/communist government coming to power we are indeed lost.

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Cash Is King nidaar Sat, 03/03/2018 - 22:43 Permalink

To be fair but not make excuses, these “kids” were born during the DotCom crash/9-11 and we’re old enough to understand how the “Great Recession” crushed their Families & friends so they are rightly suspect of Capitalism. From their vantage point and what they’ve lived through, only the higher ups and well connected not only survive but excel. This ain’t the Capitalism you & I grew up with not to mention the Law & order we took for granted. They’re not right, in 2018 we’re just way off the rails!

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Leotardo Dabooda Sat, 03/03/2018 - 21:12 Permalink

"Few people think in other terms:  that genuine free trade is voluntary, and therefore nearly always delivers benefits to both parties in every trade. (when and where has this ever occurred?)

But our present system has damn little to do with free markets -- it's actually fascism, where connected elites  use government to control and loot the 99%.   Government-controlled economies, on the other hand, always devolve into power struggles over who gets to loot whom, and someone is always getting screwed." ( the someone being the 1%)

So what you are proposing is that millennials don't know fuck-all about communism OR capitalism or free markets or fascism. Simply that they don't know jack shit.

Maybe these dumb kids just figure, that in the absence of free markets which their dads and moms failed to establish and secure, it makes more sense to lute the 1% rather than the 99%. Simple logic, no?

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Dabooda Leotardo Sun, 03/04/2018 - 12:10 Permalink

  What I'm proposing is that people try to avoid government as much as possible.  Maximize your private, mutually beneficial trading and ignore any laws or regulations which get in your way insofar as you can do so without undue personal risk. Minimize your direct dealings with government, banks, and large corporations.  Where and when does free trade happen?  Every damn day, whenever people exchange goods and services without waiting for government permission, or reporting the transaction to the looters.  Trade online, or at swap meets and farmers markets.  Pay cash or crypto  for everything and get paid in cash or crypto for everything.  Arrange your life to maximize your freedom; I'm not saying it's easy, but it's not impossible, either.

Politics will not set you free -- governments NEVER provide freedom -- they only eat it.  If you want to be free, you don't need to wait for the whole country to wake up.  Do it yourself.  Free men set themselves free. 

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BabaLooey stizazz Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:24 Permalink

If every millennial moron was shipped off to Russia - and talked to the ordinary folk there....people over 40 say....

..they'd either wake up, and realize how fucked UP the shit that has been infused into their brains....

or stay stupid, and stay asleep.

.................my bet's on the latter.

The purge is coming kids..............

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Deep Snorkeler QueeroHedge Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:22 Permalink

Americans are Unfit for Socialism

1. state socialism was implemented by Bismarck in Germany in the 1880s

2. America is too primitive and backward to accept such programs

3. the hordes of uneducated can no longer lift themselves out of the trench of self defeat

4. American intellectual curiosity has ceased

5. your quality of life is not being considered by anyone

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mkkby nmewn Sat, 03/03/2018 - 23:18 Permalink

Nothing to see here.  Young people have always been socialist.  Then they GET A JOB and have to pay bills on their own.  What are all these FUCKING DEDUCTIONS from my pay???  Whoops, now it's time to become conservative.

The 60s hippies turned into today's boomers.  If you placed them side by side you'd never believe they are the same person.  No interest in supporting lazy losers LIKE THEY USED TO BE.  LOL.

 

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greenskeeper carl IH8OBAMA Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:16 Permalink

"Much of this trend is due to historical illiteracy and a failure to teach an entire generation about the destruction that have been perpetrated by previous communist regimes."

 

Thats the key statement right there, and it isn't accidental, either. It was done on purpose, because the schools are staffed by them, as are the people who design the courses taught in schools, as well as the text books. It should be a no brainer, as there is plenty of literature and pictures showing the over 100 million of their own people socialist governments have killed in the past century. But, to borrow a term from the neocons, these people genuinly believe in good ole American Exceptionalism, and just think the reason it hasn't worked in the past is because THEY weren't in charge of it, and America hasn't tried it yet, and without all the death and starvation.

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tricorn teacup greenskeeper carl Sat, 03/03/2018 - 20:12 Permalink

these people genuinly believe in good ole American Exceptionalism, and just think the reason it hasn't worked in the past is because THEY weren't in charge of it, and America hasn't tried it yet, and without all the death and starvation.

That sounds NOTHING like the American Exceptionalism I believe in, that America is different because we have a limited government which allows people to achieve, and enjoy the fruits of their labors.  Rather that the usual scheme of concentrating power in government, and leaning on government to achieve.

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Things that go bump tricorn teacup Sat, 03/03/2018 - 20:46 Permalink

1.   In the land of the free the government no longer recognizes limitations on it's power.

2.  The fruits of our labors have been drained away repeatedly by inflation (which is a stealth tax).

3.   At least 1/3, and I wouldn't argue with an estimate of 1/2 of the populace lean on the government for all or part of their living.

I don't know why anybody bothers to work anymore. The government sure doesn't let anyone keep much for themselves over and above paying for necessities.  If you think you've got money in your 401K, see point 2, above.

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