More than a third of millennials polled approve of communism

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A new survey released by the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation reflects that, if the younger generation gets out and votes in 2020, those running for office on the far left have reason to be hopeful.

According to YouGov, which conducted the poll, capitalism, amid a widening divide between the haves and have-nots, has plunged in popularity from a year ago, with one out of every two millennials — ages 23 to 38 — supporting it.

Meanwhile, 36% of millennials polled say that they approve of communism, which is up significantly from 28% in 2018.

Socialism, a dirty word to the president and many of his supporters, has shown a decrease in favorability in all age groups except the Silent Generation (age 74+) and millennials, of which 70% say they’d be likely to vote for a socialist candidate.

 

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Not surprising. Communism and socialism appeal to those who think that the government should be like their parents, those people are more likely to have just left home.

Once they actually start having to pay for it, things change very quickly. Then all you need to do is have one encounter with municipal zoning laws, and you will become a full blown anarchist.

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They probably also believe Sweden is a socialist state instead of just a partially socialist one......
 

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The brain-washing in the education system is abhorrent.

I saw how uncurious most of my classmates were, just merely accepting what was told to them by their teachers or lecturers.

Also for many young people, social acceptance is the top priority, so it's far easier to go along with the "consensual view" if you aren't interested in fights/debates, possible social isolation.
 

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All that tells me is that about one third of millennials in the US either don't create an income where they have to pay taxes and/or have little no education on the history of the world.
 

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Not surprising. Communism and socialism appeal to those who think that the government should be like their parents, those people are more likely to have just left home.

Once they actually start having to pay for it, things change very quickly. Then all you need to do is have one encounter with municipal zoning laws, and you will become a full blown anarchist.

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Although recently when they get paid and work themselves to "literal death" on their 20 hour a week burger flipping job, they blame capitalism for the horrible effort they put into life.
 

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Many obvious things to say here that have been said a million times on this forum in one form or another.
The only thing worth saying though: "Ooo f0k.."

Clearly far more things to worry about than a few people favouring Socialism over Capitalism.
 

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Guess who want stuff for free.
It's all Bernie's fault, acting like the nice old man promising the world, instead of Stalin and his comrades.
 

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Not surprising. Communism and socialism appeal to those who think that the government should be like their parents, those people are more likely to have just left home.

Once they actually start having to pay for it, things change very quickly. Then all you need to do is have one encounter with municipal zoning laws, and you will become a full blown anarchist.
Extremist politics appeal to many when people are rigging the current system. Its little wonder that far right and far left has seen a rise in popularity.
 

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Clearly far more things to worry about than a few people favouring Socialism over Capitalism.
With that fantastic conclusion something like suicide, which has affected almost everyone I know in one way or another and killed even less people than communism is just "a few people who had a k@k day".
Also: "Let's not worry about a growing trend towards communism in countries that carry nuclear weapons" etc. etc. etc.
 

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Can we really blame them? I have my doubts they know what it entails though and suspect they mean democratic socialism.

Be that as it may it’s easy to see why.. if they graduated or started working in the last decade they only see the crap end of capitalism with very high cost of education, medical costs soaring and recently a lot of purchase taxes (tariffs.. but it amounts to the same thing), soaring housing costs etc. And if they not in the IT sector they likely working multiple shifts and a few companies.
 

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Communism has a way of instantly burying those causes out of the blue.

So no. I think you're underestimating the power of human stupidity.
While on the other hand you appear to be over estimating the power of an outdated ideology (Communism) to hold sway over people in todays day and age.
Socialist idea however will continue to persist and grow , so long as more and more people realise the greatest flaw in capitalism is the growing divide between the have's and have not's.
Capitalism breeds poverty, and until a work-a-round in that flaw appears, more and more people will seek answers within the ideals based around socialist thought.
 

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Can we really blame them? I have my doubts they know what it entails though and suspect they mean democratic socialism.

Be that as it may it’s easy to see why.. if they graduated or started working in the last decade they only see the crap end of capitalism with very high cost of education, medical costs soaring and recently a lot of purchase taxes (tariffs.. but it amounts to the same thing), soaring housing costs etc. And if they not in the IT sector they likely working multiple shifts and a few companies.
Shem...

Did they expect to walk out of collage/uni earning more than their parents?
 
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