Perhaps aside from Donald Trump’s rise to victory, the most surprising part of the 2016 election was the popularity of Bernie Sanders. Given little chance when he entered the race, the self-described “Democratic socialist” nearly upended the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. In fact, he may have defeated Clinton if it weren’t for the shady practices of the DNC.Unsurprisingly, Sanders owes much of his rise to younger voters. Millennials, especially of college age, were Bernie’s most dedicated followers. At the heart of their support was Bernie’s economic agenda, which called for more government control of the economy. However, a new video reveals just how little these millennials actually know about the policies they support.
From Campus Reform:
Ask most college students, and they’ll tell you that socialism is a wonderful thing. Just don’t ask them to define it, because you’ll get the same answer.
Last year, a poll was released showing 53 percent of Americans under age 35 are dissatisfied with our nation’s current economic system and think socialism would be good for the country.“I guess just, you know, getting rid of that wealth gap in the United States?”
The same poll found that 45 percent of young Americans would be willing to support an openly socialist presidential candidate.
However, polls also show young Americans are clueless about socialism:While it’s clear that young people increasingly view socialism in a positive light, it’s also clear that many of them are uneducated about what it entails, or the impact it’s had throughout history.
The same poll found many millennials are unfamiliar with historical figures often associated with socialism, such as Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, and Karl Marx.Wanting to see what millennials in D.C. thought of socialism, Campus Reform headed to Washington, D.C. to ask students two simple questions: “Do you like socialism?” and “What is socialism?”
It quickly became clear that while most of the people we spoke with held an idyllic view of socialism, most had little idea of what it actually is.
One student said of socialism, “I think people throw that word around to try and scare you, but if helping people is socialism, than I’m for it.”
When asked how she would define socialism, her answer was simple: “I mean honestly I’m not not exactly sure.”
Sadly, every respondent had a similar answer to the question. Although they support socialism, most of them “don’t know” what it actually is. Yet, that doesn’t stop them from almost pushing a socialist to the White House.
Unfortunately, this is the kind of political thought American
colleges indoctrination centers are churning out. With campuses dominated by liberal faculty, our young people aren’t getting an education, they’re getting taught how to think.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]