Report: Half of Millennials Want Socialism
November 02, 2017
This is the second year the Washington, D.C., based anti-communism think tank has conducted the survey, but the results were no better than last year’s assessment. In fact, they’re a little worse.
More Millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country than in a capitalist one by a margin of 44-42 percent, while another seven percent said they would prefer to live in a communist country. Doing the math—44 plus 7—that’s 51 percent of Millennials who would prefer to not live in a country with a free-market economy. Sadly, that’s only 10 points higher than the rest of the general population.
The VCMF statement regarding the survey concludes:
This is even more disconcerting when coupled with the fact that, despite Millennials’ enthusiasm for socialism and communism, they do not, in fact, know what those terms mean. One remarkable finding of our study is that, to a high degree, Americans favor absolute protections for free speech, regardless of their views of communism or socialism … Our results suggest that Millennials who favor socialism and communism have not thoroughly considered the implications of their political beliefs.
As VCMF notes, communism isn’t making a comeback—it simply never went away with the end of the Cold War. And, as we remember the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, it’s rearing its ugly head once again.
But this time, we seem less prepared to meet the challenge.