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Why socialism is so popular among young people

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If polls are to be believed, so-called “democratic socialism” is reaching new heights of popularity with millennials—and with the election of people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., America’s free market foundations are increasingly under attack. It’s a problem that’s been a long time coming—and the public school system bears part of the blame.

Consider whether you agree with this statement: “I prefer living in a socialist country.” According to a recent Harris poll, 49.6 percent of young Americans share that view. More specifically, an astounding 61 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds have a favorable reaction to socialism generally.

The generational shift becomes apparent when you look at senior citizens—those who have been around long enough to know from memory the destructiveness that socialism has wrought. Among this demographic, the favorable view of socialism plummets to a mere 27 percent.

What can explain this newfound interest in socialism among the rising generation?

Part of the answer lies in the cultural popularity of the term, even if those spreading it around don’t fully grasp its implications. This is evident, for example, among those who wear Che Guevara t-shirts without even knowing that the man whose........

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