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If you do not fear for the future of the United States, consider this: Polling found some 70 percent of millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, show frightening support for communism and socialism.
The survey, conducted by the Victims of Communism, found 70 percent of millennial respondents said they are likely to vote socialist – and that one in three perceive communism as “favorable,” the Daily Caller reported.
The survey, a part of the Victims of Communism’s report “U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism,” polled 2,100 people in the United States who were 16 or older, the news outlet reported. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 2.4 percent.
“The historical amnesia about the dangers of communism and socialism is on full display in this year’s report,” said Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization.
The results are nothing less than shocking and an indictment of the American educational system. Our children apparently are not being taught that socialism and communism are anthema to freedom; that communist regimes have killed more than 100 million over the past century; that everybody but the elite few suffers under such systems.
One need only look to Venezuela to understand the dangers of socialism and the human toll it wreaks. The destitute country is the embodiment of Winston Churchill’s sage observation: “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”
Our youth need to be better educated about the consequences and dangers of such systems. After all, as somebody once said, you can vote your way into socialism, but you will have to shoot your way out.