Forty-four per cent of Millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country, seven per cent in a communist country and seven per cent in a fascist one. Only 42 per cent opt for capitalism.
This goes way beyond just being moronic. This is mind-blowing, words-fail-me moronic. Our young people are morons. Not all of them, true – and I apologise to all those who aren’t, including all of my young friends – but not an insignificant minority either: a majority, in fact; nearly 60 per cent!
These are the results of a second annual study commissioned by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and conducted by YouGov. The survey also shows that while young people totes heart socialism, most of them have trouble actually defining ideologies like socialism, communism, fascism and capitalism. So while for some, socialism is a conscious preference, for others it’s clearly “anything but what we have at the moment”.
Look at these “preferred country to live in” findings:
When you read through the whole report you realise that the American population generally doesn’t come out shining with knowledge and insight (68 per cent, for example, think that the rich don’t pay their fair share of taxes, despite the fact that the top 20 per cent of earners already pay 95 per cent of all income tax collected), but there is no doubt that amongst all the generations, the Millennials take the cake – and eat it (a rare experience in the socialist Venezuela these days).
If you really want to get depressed, you should read the report’s finding in conjunction with those of last year’s inaugural report:
Basic Knowledge of Communism is Lacking:
· Approximately one in four Americans (26 per cent) and one-third of millennials (32 per cent) believe more people were killed under George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin;
· Nearly 7 in 10 (68 per cent) of all Americans and nearly 6 in 10 (59%) of Generation Z (ages 16-20) falsely believe that more people were killed under Hitler than Stalin;
· A vast majority (75 per cent) underestimate the number of people killed by Communist regimes (more than 100 million);
· Many millennials are unfamiliar with communist leaders – Mao: 42 per cent; Guevara: 40 per cent; Stalin: 18 per cent; Lenin: 33 per cent; Putin 18 per cent;
· Of those millennials familiar with Vladimir Lenin, 25 per cent have a favorable view of him
Younger Americans Have Sharply Different Views of Communism and Socialism than Older Americans:
· Roughly half of millennials (55 per cent) believe Communism was and still is a problem – compared with 80 per cent of Baby Boomers and 91 per cent of elderly Americans;
· While 57 per cent of all Americans have a “very unfavorable” view of communism, that view is shared by just 37 per cent of millennials and 38 per cent of Generation Z;
· 64 per cent of Americans agreed with the classic Karl Marx statement that underpins Marxist philosophy: “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs”;
· Nearly half of Generation Z (45 per cent) say they would vote for a socialist; 1 in 5 (21per cent) say they would vote for a communist;
Turning Against Capitalism – the “Bernie Sanders Bounce”:
· A majority of millennials (53 per cent) believe America’s economic system works against them;
· 4 in 10 Americans call for a “complete change” of America’s economic system to ensure highest earners pay their fair share;
· 64 per cent of elderly Americans (age 65+) held a favorable view of capitalism, versus 42 per cent of millennials;
· Younger Americans were far less likely to agree with ideas of capitalist Milton Friedman (Gen Z: 55 per cent; millennials: 58 per cent) than they were Bernie Sanders (Gen Z: 71 per cent; millennials: 71 per cent).
So yes, young people are f***ing morons. But they are f***ing morons because their parents, their teachers, and the media and creators of their popular culture are f***ing morons too. F***ing morons aren’t born; they’re created. And it takes a village to raise a f***ing moron.
Teachers –- mostly leftie at schools and overwhelmingly leftie at universities — either directly indoctrinate children and young people with failed ideas and ideologies, or feed them a steady diet of pious, politically correct bullshit which skews their outlook and prevents them from absorbing the actual useful information about life and the world out there.
Parents – who are either lefties themselves or likewise ignorant and/or don’t care — when their child comes back home spouting nonsense, don’t sit them down and ask “Do you know what socialism actually is; do you know how it always ends up in practice?”
The media and the popular culture –- who not so much promote socialism per se as constantly run their own country and society down, portraying it as deeply dangerous, unfair, inequitable and oppressive — making young people, already under-educated and lacking the crucial skills of contextualising and putting things in perspective, think they live in some sort of a dystopia.
These are all American statistics, but I would be surprised if the situation was radically different in countries like Australia or Great Britain. Down Under, after all, two thirds of young people vote either for the Labor Party or the Greens. And the state of the historical knowledge is likewise woeful.
We need to do better, all of us, to try to reverse this intellectual damage that has been done and is being done to the next generations, some, like the Millennials, who already vote (when they can be bothered). Better education. More overseas travel, which tends to open people’s eyes. But above all, talk to people.
The ultra-radical, active core associated with antifa is a tiny minority. These are the people who actually know what communism is – and they like it. The silent dumb majority is less engaged, less informed, and their politics more a matter of an instinct rather than well-thought-out philosophy. These are the people we can try to rescue from ignorance, one by one. Before the sheer mass of moronity sends us all down, with this ship of fools.
Arthur Chrenkoff blogs at The Daily Chrenk where this piece also appears.
Got something to add? Join the discussion and comment below.