Millennials in America have a troubling view of communism and socialism

“We discovered a rampant amnesia about the crimes of communist regimes,” says Marion Smith, “and a growing inclination among younger Americans toward favorable views of communism and socialism.” PowerBlog

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Bert Perry's picture

I came of age in the late 1980s, and even back then it was striking how many college classmates of mine (even high school) had a beautiful view of socialism and communism. They hardly knew about the atrocities of Stalin and Mao, or did not think they were worthy of comment.  It goes to show that if you want people to have a real response to these things, you've got to teach them--you can't just put a couple of books by Solzhenitsyn on the shelf and expect them to be read and understood.

On the light side, a good friend of mine went into the USSR pavilion at the World's Fair a few decades back and asked whether they had Gulag Archepelago, Cancer Ward, and the like.  The testy response "We do not have any books by Solzhenitsyn here."  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

David R. Brumbelow's picture

This article would be a good place to start in educating Millennials about Communism:

“This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia.

Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people. Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective farming. Millions of others were executed in political purges.”  -John Stossel

David R. Brumbelow