… 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.It seems that the majority of America’s largest generation would prefer to live in a socialist or communism society than in a free enterprise system that respects the rule of law, private property, and limited government. 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.
It would appear that the clear-cut disastrous consequences of a government-controlled economy in nations as diverse as the Soviet Union, North Korea, and Venezuela have no impact on the points of view of many.
In a similar vein, the effects of the past eight years’ reduction of investment in U.S. national security, combined with an international policy of appeasing opponents, has placed global affairs in a hazardous condition. Nonetheless, numerous politicians and media pundits continue to oppose a return to an adequately financed military and a more results-oriented foreign affairs strategy.
While all this is going on, the now obvious foul play of the Clintons, particularly their uranium-related and email-related crimes, were responded to with shrugs and excuses by many, although many now are beginning to approach that issue differently, but only because the latest revelations indicate that Bernie Sanders was among their victims.There will, and should always be, different political, economic, and foreign policy strategies and philosophies. But when the clear results of one approach have failed so spectacularly, it is appropriate to examine the logic of those who cling to a blatantly discredited perspective. But the gap between those adhering to viable policies and those that cling to obviously flawed concepts has grown to an unprecedented proportion, and it is appropriate to examine the reasons.If young students returned home from school proclaiming that they had been taught that the Earth was flat, or that magic was real and science was a myth, parental outrage would be substantial. Newspapers and other informational outlets that endorsed those concepts would be shunned.
Something quite similar is taking place in the fields of foreign affairs, history, economics, and civics, both in academia and the media. Reality is suppressed, and clear-cut examples are ignored in those areas. This is not the result of ignorance; it is being done in the pursuit of ideological goals, at a fevered pitch that resembles war. And, as in all wars, truth is the first casualty.
The warping of school curriculum, from first grade through graduate schools, in the pursuit of left-wing ideological goals has not produced the protest it truly warrants.
Partisanship has grown to epidemic proportions, and far too many Americans see fellow citizens of a different political persuasion as more of an “enemy” than those real threats from abroad. During a 2016 presidential primary debate, Hillary Clinton, when asked to identify who she thought of as an “enemy” replied, Republicans!
That mindset explains much. For example, Bill Clinton, during his presidency, allowed the sale of supercomputers (which were used to modernize Beijing’s military) to China, during a period when that nation sought to assist his campaign efforts. Hillary Clinton, while Secretary of State, sold the basic ingredient of nuclear weapons to the Russians. Neither elicited much outrage in the media, university campuses, or in the bulk of the media. The reason: the possibility of giving a public relations boost to the opposition party was seen as a greater problem than the weakening of America’s national security.
A powerful combination of ignorance, brought about by education overly influenced by progressive ideology and a media dominated by hard-core leftists, has endangered America and created an atmosphere in which loyalty to a political party or ideology has supplanted honest discourse and the good of the nation.