Are Younger People Really Into Socialism?

Are Younger People Really Into Socialism?

( – In 2016, many Americans expressed dismay and discomfort at how quickly younger Americans seemed to be embracing socialism. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made the 2016 Democratic primary uncomfortable for establishment Democrats who favor big government but abhor the socialist label. Hillary Clinton won the primary, but it came at a cost, including allegations that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) rigged the primary against Sanders.

In 2020, the Democratic Party is leaning even further left and has embraced much of the socialist platform. Young people appear to be the driving force behind the far-left movement. However, a new poll shows contradictions among America’s youth about socialism and what they want for their lives.

Millennials and Gen Z Become Comfortable With Socialism Label

A new poll conducted by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) found a contradiction between what the young people say they believe and what they want out of life.

The favorability of the term “socialism” increased in 2020 by 9 points. Overall, 49% of Gen Z approved versus 40% in 2019. Among Millennials, 31% said capitalism ought to be eliminated, as did 31% of Gen Z. However, capitalism also increased from 49% to 52%.

Younger People Uninformed About Socialism and Its Consequences

According to VOC, Millennials and Gen Z are unaware that approximately 100 million people were killed by communist or socialist regimes over the last century. Many are also unaware that the Chinese Communist Party killed more people than Nazi Germany.

Even more frightening, more youth believe “The Communist Manifesto” is better at securing liberty than the Declaration of Independence.

The reason — a lack of education through the school system and a lack of journalism on the subject. Plus, the term “socialism” is so common that people are no longer shocked by it. That can lead to a dangerous embrace of the destructive policies of socialism moving forward.


While the term socialism is being embraced, many people are contradicting themselves. Dr. Lee Edwards offered an insightful perspective regarding what people should know about it. He said that people are confusing the enormity of corporate profits with free enterprise. Instead, Dr. Edwards said if people understood the connection between free enterprise and the exercise of liberty in economics, “we would understand that we have a joint cause.”

The joint cause is present in the VOC poll. Young people were asked who they trust more to look after their interests – the government, community, or themselves? A whopping 87% said they trust themselves over the government or their community. Only 6% of Gen Z and 5% of Millennials trusted the government.

If that’s true, young people may start changing their minds as they gain experience in life with how the government operates. Perhaps they will realize that government doesn’t hold the solution to society’s problems.

Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat who understood the direction of the Democratic Party and switched. Perhaps one day, today’s youth will rediscover its roots as well.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

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