July 5, 2016

70% of millenials ready to vote for a socialist president


A recent Reason-Rupe survey found that a majority of Americans under 30 have a more favorable view of socialism than of capitalism. Gallup finds that almost 70 percent of young Americans are ready to vote for a “socialist” president. So it has come as no surprise that 70 to 80 percent of young Americans have been voting for Bernie Sanders, the self-declared democratic socialist.

Some pundits have been eager to denounce such surveys as momentary aberrations, stemming from the economic crash, or due to lack of knowledge on the part of millennials about the authoritarianism they say is the inevitable result of socialism


Tom Puckett said...

Those under 30 didn't get the Red Scare indoctrination, including duck and cover etc of the 60s - those who were aware of the Commie witch hunts of the 50s even more so.

However, I managed to escape or sidestep all that and ended up with a heart - Tin Man City!

If everyone isn't sharing at least a part of the American Dream, none of us are, no matter how much material wealth we seem to have.

If everyone who could afford to brought at least one or two families along for the ride they are having, there wouldn't be any issues, requiring socialist leadership from the top. That is, we would just think it was normal to have a socialist leader and wouldn't think twice or make any fuss over it.

When Bernie runs, he has my vote and campaign support, otherwise, Jill Stein. That's all I have to say about that... (this time around!)

Cheers, Tom

Anonymous said...

In our environment of unregulated capitalism, where money seems to 'flow-upstream' into the hands of the already Rich; I can't blame young people for believing that a different economic theory might be preferable to the one we have.

Maybe some sort of compromise could be achieved... with a responsible government that doesn't have both hands in the 'cookie jar'.

greg gerritt said...

The pundits and economic policy makiers are clueless. They are caught in the old system without even knowing they are caught. They tout growth, growth, growth, without ever lookinga t the larger context or what is actually happening around them. Everyone else sees the failures. No wonder the youth are opting out.