A new poll reveals that over 20 per cent of Millennials consider dictators Joseph Stalin and Kim Jong Un to be "heroes."
One in five (23%) of Americans age 21-29 consider Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin a ‘hero’; 26% for Vladimir Lenin; 23% for Kim Jong Un.
The poll, released by the Victims of Communism Memorial Fund, additionally revealed that almost half (44 per cent) of millennials prefer socialism over capitalism.
It has been a full century since Vladimir Lenin’s Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd and communism made its bloody debut on the world stage. Authors, activists, and politicians alike are asking the question: what has America learned from one hundred years of communism?
More Millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country (44%) than in a capitalist one (42%). Some even said they would prefer to live in a communist country (7%). The percentage of Millennials who would prefer socialism to capitalism is a full ten points higher than that of the general population.
It seems that the majority of America’s largest generation would prefer to live in a socialist or communism society than in a free enterprise system that respects the rule of law, private property, and limited government. This is even more disconcerting when coupled with the fact that, despite Millennials’ enthusiasm for socialism and communism, they do not, in fact, know what those terms mean.
One remarkable finding of our study is that, to a high degree, Americans favor absolute protections for free speech, regardless of their views of communism or socialism. Communists and socialists more broadly have historically and ideologically favored state regulation of the press, speech, and popular assembly. Our results suggest that Millennials who favor socialism and communism have not thoroughly considered the implications of their political beliefs.
Data does, in fact, suggest that socialist-supporting millennials know little about the system of government they openly support.
These clueless young people busy themselves protesting social issues like transgender bathrooms, abortion, and confederate statues. They regularly riot when conservative speakers come to town. But they remain clueless when it comes to basic economics and history.
This ignorance is dangerous. It's time for Millennials to pull their heads out of the sand, and get a grip about what's going on in this nation.