Sometimes, when reflecting on the 2016 election, I’m not sure which is most surprising. Donald Trump’s rise to victory? Hillary’s epic crash? The shady practices of the DNC which tipped the nomination in favor of Hillary? Or the overwhelming popularity of “Democratic Socialist” Bernie Sanders despite the shady practices of the DNC?
For now, let’s go with the popularity of Bernie Sanders.
For the most part, Sanders owes much of his rise in popularity to millennials, who supported his economic agenda, which called for more government control of the economy.
However, a new video from Campus Reform reveals just how little these millennials actually know about the policies they support.
From Campus Reform:
Ask most college students, and they’ll tell you that socialism is a wonderful thing. Just don’t ask them to define it, because you’ll get the same answer.
Last year, a poll was released showing 53 percent of Americans under age 35 are dissatisfied with our nation’s current economic system and think socialism would be good for the country.
“I guess just, you know, getting rid of that wealth gap in the United States?”
The same poll found that 45 percent of young Americans would be willing to support an openly socialist presidential candidate.
Interestingly enough, polls also reveal most young Americans are completely clueless about socialism:
While it’s clear that young people increasingly view socialism in a positive light, it’s also clear that many of them are uneducated about what it entails, or the impact it’s had throughout history.
The same poll found many millennials are unfamiliar with historical figures often associated with socialism, such as Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, and Karl Marx.
Wanting to see what millennials in D.C. thought of socialism, Campus Reform headed to Washington, D.C. to ask students two simple questions: “Do you like socialism?” and “What is socialism?”
It quickly became clear that while most of the people we spoke with held an idyllic view of socialism, most had little idea of what it actually is.
One student said of socialism, “I think people throw that word around to try and scare you, but if helping people is socialism, than I’m for it.”
When asked how she would define socialism, her answer was simple: “I mean honestly I’m not not exactly sure.”
Sadly enough, this is now the world we live in. A world in which most millenials claim to support socialism, yet very few of them actually know what it is.
And perhaps even sadder is the fact that most college campuses across the country are dominated by this kind of political thought.