From Seth Connell:
I have yet another eyeroll for my fellow Millennials thanks to the results of a new survey about their view on Communism. Thinking a genocidal ideology is fine and dandy, way to go guys…
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation recently released their latest survey results, partnering with YouGov, in regards to views on Communism, socialism, fascism, and capitalism. The results were rather disturbing.
In their press release, the Foundation stated that they found particularly concerning results in the Millennial demographic.
When the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation published our inaugural study on American attitudes toward socialism and communism last year, the results revealed some disturbing trends in American society.
We just completed our second annual study, tracking how opinions about communism among Americans have changed since 2016. The results aren’t very encouraging.
For starters, as of this year, more Millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country (44%) than in a capitalist one (42%). Some even said they would prefer to live in a communist country (7%). The percentage of Millennials who would prefer socialism to capitalism is a full ten points higher than that of the general population.
A rather large percentage, a plurality of those surveyed, of the country’s biggest generation believe that either a communist or socialist system of government would be preferable to a free market capitalist society. However, adding to the difficulty is the fact that those surveyed, even on the overall, often do not understand what those terms even mean.
Hence, they are advocating for (or opposing) something they do not actually understand, and that is extremely dangerous.
The survey found that 7 out of 10 did not properly understand the definitions of these particular ideologies.
Additionally, another 7 out of 10 severely underestimate the number of people killed by socialist and communist regimes.
Many see socialist and communist leaders as heroes, as well.
Now, the results are not all gloom and doom, so don’t imagine Millennial-run gulags just yet.
The survey noted that among Millennials, more of them see Communism as a current problem than they did last year; a 10% increase in fact.
The approval of some Communist leaders has also dropped slightly as well, with the exception of Mao (who also killed the most people out of every Communist, by the way).
However, the survey also found that a plurality of Millennials surveyed still preferred a socialist system over a free market capitalist one.
Millennials, like Americans as a whole, also largely do not understand the ideologies properly.
They also are the least unfavorable demographic to communism.
The results of the survey are certainly concerning. The fact that such a high rate of Millennials say they would prefer a socialist or communist economic system is problematic for freedom going forward. However, ironic the silver lining here is that they don’t fully understand it, and that’s what those who are lovers of liberty need to capitalize upon.
In our interactions with Millennials, especially those who don’t actually understand socialism, communism, fascism, and capitalism, their ignorance provides us an opportunity to enlighten them. If we actually tell them the truth about what these ideologies are, and show how many have been killed by the authoritarian systems.
It may take some work and convincing, but we can turn the tide against the authoritarian strains in our society. How many of you were liberals growing up, then came to realize the problems with those ideas? We can change things, but it will take work. I think that liberty is worth the effort, though.