Skip to comments.Why Do So Many Young People Embrace Socialism?
Posted on 01/25/2019 5:45:02 PM PST by huckfillary
Its not youth and inexperience. Its not even government-run schools and idiotic celebrities. Not primarily.
Why do so many young people embrace socialism?
For the same reason any middle-aged or older person embraces socialism: Anxiety and envy.
By anxiety I mean neurotic anxiety, which means a false or exaggerated belief that one will be unable to properly survive or take care of oneself, so that unspecified help is needed to ensure survival.
Envy is often a byproduct of anxiety. If one starts out feeling, Im unable to care for myself, then its not a stretch to look at someone else who has more than enough and say, Thats not fair. He can more than provide for himself, and Im unable to do so for myself.
What about the fact that young people have not yet earned much money, and therefore dont appreciate the value and justice of private ownership, i.e., being able to keep what you earn? Not all young people feel this way. Some young people understand the justice of keeping what you earn. Some do, and change their minds later and become socialists in middle-age.
Regardless, unless you have a significant amount of neurotic fear and/or envy, its unlikely socialism would grab your fancy for even five minutes, much less for years (and elections) on end.
Its true that public schools are teaching the ideology of self-sacrifice and blind service to others (the same premises as Nazism and Communism) as self-evident givens in todays government-run schools. But these faulty ideas are not new to the present era. Yet in earlier eras, the majority of young people did not turn as socialist as they appear to be doing today.
The more likely contribution of todays mediocre schools as well as an increasingly irrational culture is that young people dont know how to think. Thinking is your basic tool and precondition of survival. If you feel inadequate to think critically, rationally and objectively, youll develop a neurotic and pervasive sense that, Im not equipped to survive. In a land of plenty, particularly, it seems logically appealing when someone comes along and says, No worries. Well pick up your college tuition. And health care. And tons of other things too. Youre entitled to it, after all. It comes as a relief to the anxiety-ridden souls who embrace socialism.
In older folk, and in some young people born into wealth, theres the factor of guilt and atonement. Thats a form of anxiety, too. Im rich and I dont deserve to be. Its not fair. So it becomes a form of virtue-signaling merged with a psychological tonic to make sure others see you support socialism.
Its not that most young people are depraved and stupid any more than most older people are totally depraved and stupid. And its not just inexperience. Its fear. And the envy that gets ignited by fear.
Its truly sad. And yes, its dangerous for the future of a free society, but dangerous most of all for those young people who now seek to embrace socialism. Its not going to end any better for them than it did for anyone else. And if they get their wish, and socialism gets enacted completely, then their fears will quickly become rational.
An awful lot of young people embraced socialism back in 1968.
Cause they’re STUPID!
Because Republicans and members of Conservative, Inc. have done a s—tty job of explaining free markets principles and have conceded control of education over to the Left.
When it’s all they’re taught in public schools and university, it’s amazing we’re not socialist already. As they start voting, things will worsen rapidity.
Schools have been teaching only the “positive” side of socialism because they’re government-run. They have no idea of the real history of it.
Government and civics classes ceased yo exist in public education early in the 70’s. The vacuum was fillef with Marx 8n college.
16+ years of indoctrination from leftist academia x2 full generations is why.
They have been taught this in government schools. They have never been taught the ten commandments. A few are germaine here. Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not covet.
For the same reason Pavlov’s dog salivated.
MKUltra. It’s a thing. Sad what they’ve done to the kids.
Simple..they have been brainwashed by Communist professors who have taught them that Capitalism is evil and Communism is super awesome..that they will get everything for FREE, free school, free car, free home, free health care, free everything..all they have to do is embrace Communism, where the Govt controls everything, just give up your freedom and you can get everything you desire for free
Yep! And, many became teachers and plied their beliefs on students!
Unless freedom is the only thing you desire.
Because they think socialist girls are easy?
Freedom of Choice
Is What You’ve Got
Freedom From Choice
Is What You Want
It is romantic to them. That is what lures them in.
Because they lived socialism and still live socialism with their helicopter parents who are so co-dependent on their children liking them. These kids never have a single want.
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