When Campus Reform asked D.C. college students what they liked about socialism, they had a lot to say. But when they asked the same students to define socialism, you could hear a pin drop.
Socialism (or at least what people think it is) is gaining popularity among the younger generations with 53 percent of Americans under the age of 35 saying that it would be "good for the country." This is not surprising. Socialist candidate Bernie Sanders garnered more of the millennial vote than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primaries.
"If helping people is socialism, then I'm for it," said one young woman interviewed by Campus Reform. "I think it's a good idea," said another student. One student commented that "trying to spread the wealth is definitely a good thing for America." Most of the young people mentioned that socialism had a "bad reputation" but they were not sure why. Hmm...
When the interviewer asked the same students what socialism actually is, the confidence of their first answers melted away. One student put it bluntly, "to be quite honest, I don't know."
Well, the proletariat has spoken.
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