As parents, we do the best we can to educate our children, pass on our values and principles to them in the hopes they will carry forward all we hold dear. Providing them a solid foundation is important to help them face the confusion of the world when they leave home to begin their lives. Some of the teachings will stick while others will be lost. Living in a nation based on Christian principles, upholding of individual God-given unalienable rights, and self-government, one would think our children would cherish it as much as their parents. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
As Breitbart reports, “a new survey from YouGov finds that millennials have more favorable views of socialism than of capitalism.” The survey found that “43 percent of Americans under 30 had a favorable view of socialism” while less than one third in this same age group viewed capitalism favorably. “No other age or ethnic demographic preferred socialism over capitalism.”
As the saying goes, “those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it.” It would appear there is a new generation of “Karl Marx’s” on the horizon who will have to learn the lesson the hard way — socialism is filled with misery and oppression, which is why is has mostly disappeared. Millennials have not been exposed to the prevalence of socialism as have generations of the past. More than likely, many of these young Americans do not remember the Berlin wall or Germany as two separate nations — East and West.
It comes as no surprise that American Seniors older than 65 had a most favorable view of capitalism at 63 percent. Only 23 percent of American Seniors actually possessed a favorable view of socialism.
Breitbart explains this phenomenon.
Seniors, after all, experienced the long-standing intellectual battle between capitalism and socialism played out in real life. They witnessed a post-war economic euphoria grind down into a socialist malaise, only to be reinvigorated by a global embrace of disruptive technology, deregulation, and global trade.
The United Nations Human Development report claimed that the living conditions and prospects of people throughout the world changed drastically and rapidly — a feat never before seen in history. In the past 20 years, the worldwide number of individuals living in poverty declined by half. The United Nations estimates that 22 percent of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty today compared with 43 percent in 1990.
It is difficult to grasp the concept that millennials would embrace socialism due to the benefits of capitalism and free enterprise in a society driven by the “on-demand” mindset.
Even if millenials aren’t swayed by the dramatic improvement in worldwide living standards, one would hope they would see the benefits of capitalism in the products and services that inhabit their world.
They live, and thrive, in a consumer-driven, on-demand society. They have immediate access, at their fingertips, to more knowledge, art, music, and communication than the wealthiest oligarch just a few decades ago.
Each and every one of the products and services they use every day was developed by someone chasing profit and market-share. It is a cliche to say that capitalism has powered the technological and scientific innovations that have improved all our lives. Apparently, however, it is a cliche that bears repeating.
While it is positive that all other demographics favor capitalism, young Americans are the future of this nation. Their ready acceptance and favorable view of socialism has dire warnings for this country. Democrats appear to favor some form of mixture of capitalism and socialism, which makes for confusion as to where socialism fits into the capitalistic system. However, Democrats, for the most part, are more geared toward socialism than capitalism.
The theory behind millenials accepting socialism is the sheer fact this age group has never truly dealt with socialism except in history books. As we all know, the history books these days are filled with inaccuracies, falsehoods, and indoctrination rhetoric with a “dash” of historical truth sprinkled throughout. They would possess a more favorable view of socialism considering the “history books” of today since they have that luxury of looking at that system through the pane glass window like a window shopper.
Despite all the increase in conservative and libertarian circles and the exponential increase in the infrastructure of the same, Breitbart claims something has gone “horribly wrong.”
Aside from dozens of national think tanks and advocacy organizations devoted to propogating conservative and free market views, there are more than a hundred free-market think tanks in states across the country.
It is safe to say that billions of dollars have been spent over the past two decades promoting and educating the public on the benefits of capitalism and free markets. There are publishing imprints, media companies and new conservative news sites everywhere. Yet, something has gone horribly wrong.
Look at the embrace self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has received. Who would have ever thought that a strongly professed socialist, such as Bernie, would receive a staggering amount of support in the bid for the White House from those born and reared in a free nation? Many in this nation are almost shocked at the support Sanders has garnered.
A few young Americans between the ages of 26 and 35 expressed their support of Bernie as “a man of the people;” “a politician unlike any other since he really cares about the people’s situation;” “a man that will work to get everyone on a even footing;” and “one that will make a bigger dent in poverty than any other individual in the running.” Unbelieveable! Being a professed socialist does not carry the stigma today that it did in the past.
Hopefully, young Americans will come to see that socialism leads to eradication of individual God-given unalienable rights in favor of an all powerful centralized government and equal misery and poverty for all. If not, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will only know about the freedom and liberty of the united States, our Constitution and Declaration of Independence and founding principles from history books, if allowed to remain in the pages, or from those of us who are preserving all of it through writing about and storing these treasures.