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Poll Suggests Majority of Millennials Prefer Socialism to Capitalism

Poll Suggests Majority of Millennials Prefer Socialism to Capitalism

“percentage of Millennials who would prefer socialism to capitalism is a full ten points higher than that of the general population”

These young people should try living in Venezuela for a while. That should solve the problem.

Campus Reform reports:

POLL: Millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country

More than four-in-ten U.S. millennials would prefer to live under socialism than capitalism, according to a new survey by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

When given the choice to pick a preferred system of government, 44 percent of millennials responded that they would rather live in a socialist country while another seven percent opted for a communist state. Capitalism, on the other hand, was preferred by 42 percent of millennial respondents, with the remaining 14 percent split evenly between fascism and communism.

According to the study, pro-socialist sentiment is much higher among millennials when compared to the rest of the country, noting that 59 percent of Americans say they would rather reside in a capitalist country, with only 35 percent of respondents signaling a preference for a socialist state.

Millennials were also about twice as likely as the general population to say they would prefer living in a fascist or communist country, with about seven percent choosing each option.

“The percentage of Millennials who would prefer socialism to capitalism is a full ten points higher than that of the general population,” the foundation observed in its report. “It seems that the majority of America’s largest generation would prefer to live in a socialist or communist society than in a free enterprise system that respects the rule of law, private property, and limited government.”

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nordic_prince | November 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

The brainwashing is working, comrades.

This may be true, but polls also show that the majority of millennial college students who claim to be socialists don’t understand what socialism is.

Was that variable controlled for in this poll? Or were respondents just given a multiple-choice question about what kind of government they think they’d prefer?

I believe that if you were to ask direct, specific questions about the effects of socialism vs. capitalism — say, if they’d prefer A) government-enforced rationing and price-fixing to counter shortages and scarcity of products and resources, meaning you might not be able to buy what you need or want; or B) producers being allowed to produce more abundantly and/or higher quality, and offer it to everyone at lower prices as they are able — you’ll quickly find that millennials prefer the positive effects of capitalism over the negative-but-necessary effects of socialism.

But that has never been tested, because the people running the polls don’t want to test it. There’s no political gain in disproving your own point.

Polls of this sort are dominated by external factors. Back a few years ago when the government was actively drafting people into the military, Big Brother wasn’t so popular. But nowadays when the siren call of free stuff—health insurance! student loans!—is so persistent, the looming federal behemoth can be expected to be much more popular.

The product being sold has changed; its popularity isn’t solely due to the customers becoming wackier.

They’ve been taught that competition, profits and wealth are dirty words. They really don’t have any sense of what they think they believe. My nephew, whom I love a great deal, is one of those millenials who was a Bernie supporter professing a love of all things socialist, but he recently announced that he couldn’t wait to buy a house. I would love to point out his inconsistency, but my sister is a liberal and supports pretty much any inane notion that her children espouse. They live in a world of contrived fairness and hatred for all things conservative. I love my family, but it’s a challenge.

“If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.” — Winston Churchill

    I never was a big fan of that quote of Churchill’s. Then again, I was a conservative well before age 20.

    Not because I have no heart and don’t feel for the poor and downtrodden, but because I was raised and trained to think logically, and to find and fix root causes instead of symptoms. Ergo, I came to the conclusion early on that wealth redistribution and “free stuff”: A) doesn’t provide more than a (very) temporary remedy for the lower class, and B) cannot be sustained without someone (else) paying for it.

    Or, in the words of Margaret Thatcher: “Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money.”

      healthguyfsu in reply to Archer. | November 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

      I believe the intent of the oft-inebriated author, Churchill, was not to be taken so literally or risk losing context.

      Churchill often said things that make no sides comfortable and was the ultimate non-conformist to political factions.

      He also liked to use the hyperbole displayed above to engage the audience and make a point somewhere a bit short of the literal interpretation of his talking points.

Time to cull the herd…..

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