Allen B. West

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We keep seeing all these young millennials out there “feeling the Bern.” They appear to have been stung by the insect known as progressive socialism.

As reported by Breitbart:

new survey from YouGov finds that millennials have more favorable views of socialism than of capitalism. 

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As Santayana said, those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Less than two decades after socialism seemed to have been confined to the dust-heap of history, another generation may have to learn hard lessons. 

The survey, taken at the end of January, found that 43 percent of Americans under 30 had a favorable view of socialism. Less than a third of millennials had a favorable view of capitalism. No other age or ethnic demographic preferred socialism over capitalism. 

Seniors, unsurprisingly, had the most favorable view of capitalism. Just 23 percent of Americans older than 65 had a positive view of socialism. Sixty-three percent of seniors, though, had a favorable view of capitalism. 

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. 

In the past 20 years, the number of people living in poverty worldwide has fallen by half. In 1990, 43 percent of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. In 2013, the United Nations estimated that just 22 percent of the world’s population continued to live in extreme poverty.

Seems to me one of the contributing factors to this survey is that in our institutions of learning, we’ve stopped objectively teaching the fundamentals of political philosophy and ideology. If you were to do an historic analysis of socialism, you’d see it as Churchill framed it, “…a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

And based on the U.N. report, it has certainly not been socialism, which is an economic theory rooted in the redistribution of wealth and resources, that has cut global poverty in half. Then why is it that we have individuals advancing the same old tired ideology believing they’ll get difference results? I believe it was Albert Einstein who referred to that as the definition of insanity.

The crux of this is that we have folks in positions of influence on colleges and universities who aren’t educating our future generations but indoctrinating them. And it really does sound like lots of fun to have some old guy telling you he’s going to give you all kinds of free stuff. Just think, who wouldn’t want to line up for that? However, what folks fail to realize is that there is no such thing as a free lunch – or anything …just watch the video clip of young Keely Mullen and Fox Business News Neil Cavuto here.

I don’t blame Keely. I find fault with her parents and an education system that has her ill-equipped to be a critical thinker. Perhaps Keely should know about the 529 college education savings plan which is tax free, but Barack Obama wants to tax it. This is the result of a system of indoctrination, not education, where we don’t teach kids how to formulate thoughts, perspectives and ideas in depth. We’re teaching kids how to take a test, and the result is robots (not the Marco Rubio kind) who repeat talking points and soundbites. And let’s remember this quote from Vladimir Lenin, “the goal of socialism is communism.” Now, shall we ask these young millennials if that’s what they really want? That means they don’t get to have stuff, and certainly aren’t seen as individuals but rather part of a collective — the Borg.

What has indeed cut global poverty in half? It has been the free marketplace of ideas which takes individual indomitable industrialism to create and innovate. It has been the individual’s ability to have vision, to invest and use his or her God-given ingenuity to produce a better day for us all.

I have not lost hope in America’s young people because this past Saturday I was in Nashville, Tennessee for the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) Freedom Conference. I was with just short of 300 college and high school students from across the country who are constitutional conservatives and free market believers who are on campuses fighting the good fight. I spoke to them about the importance of “providing for the common defense” as the preeminent responsibility of the federal government — not providing welfare. And that it can be done in a fiscally-responsible manner. But what just blew me away about these young people is their courage, competence, and character. The YAF Chapter at my alma mater, University of Tennessee, invited me back to speak and it was a true pleasure and honor. And it was their chapter which produced a video interviewing students and challenging the inane proposal by the UT office of diversity to drop personal pronouns so as not to offend transgender students — we wrote about that here.

The young people with whom I spoke Saturday aren’t the robotic talking point repeaters like dear Keely. And we need to support them the George Soros-types finance the growth of socialism. I looked into the eyes of America’s future Saturday and I was reinvigorated. I know we will keep this Republic, as Benjamin Franklin challenged us to do.

But it’s going to take us, adults, to stop promoting the ideal of the “participation trophy” to our young people. No one exists in life to just give you something without effort, there is no such thing as free. That little plastic trophy may give momentary joy, but it doesn’t give lasting self-esteem. The Democrat Party has become a socialist party that truly believes it can mass-produce participation trophies to placate society and give folks a false sense of a guaranteed happiness. Those young millennials I shared with in Nashville want to pursue their own happiness, and they want a government that advances policies that enables them to do so — not one that tells them their success is tied to collective outcomes.

The next time one of these “Berniebots” comes up to you and talks about the greatness of socialism — take their iPhone and iPad and give it to someone else.

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