Young Americans Favor Socialism and We Should Be Concerned
The twentieth century highlights moments of mass death and famine. We’re not talking about the Holocaust. We’re talking about the dangerous regimes of China under Mao Zedong and Russia under Joseph Stalin. Compared to the 12 million noncombatant deaths under Hitler, roughly 45 million died under Mao and roughly 20 million died under Stalin. Yet, our education system highlights the Holocaust as one of the worst tragedies ever in the twentieth century. While it is one of the greatest tragedies of human history and ought to be understood and remembered, our youth are rarely exposed to the tragedies brought on by socialism.
Generation Z has a more positive view of the word “socialism” than previous generations, and — along with millennials — are more likely to embrace socialistic policies and principles than past generations, according to a new Harris Poll given exclusively to Axios.
The word “socialism” does not carry the same stigma it did in the past, now that it has been resurrected by celebrity politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Young people’s political views often change as they grow older, but their support for socialistic policies is a sign that the old rules of politics are changing fast.
Gen Z and millennials are projected to make up 37% of the electorate in 2020, and what they’re looking for in a presidential candidate is shifting.
Ignorance is very dangerous, and ignorance is going to guide young voters to favor dangerous socialist politicians and socialist policies. It’s important to educate our youth on all historic tragedies and not present selective and convenient history.