Despite the Millennial generation’s love of everything free, they really don’t know much about the ideologies that promote government welfare… socialism and communism.
The YouGov and Victims of Communism (VOC) Foundation study, "U.S. Attitudes towards Socialism," released in October, shows the ignorance of younger generations toward the end goals of communism and socialism.
There were many portions of the study that stood out, but a couple jumped off the page.
One section of the study took quotes from three people with different ideologies and one passage from the Bible, and then asked respondents from different generations how much they agreed or disagreed with the statements.
The generations included in the survey were Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers & Mature.
The quotes were:
- Bernie Sanders (democratic socialist, whatever that is) – “A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much, while so many have so little.”
- Milton Friedman (American economist) – “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”
- Karl Marx (the father of communism) – “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his need.”
- The Bible (2 Thessalonians 3:10) – “If any would not work, neither should he eat.”
When it came to all generations included in the study, 63 percent agreed with Karl Marx’s statement, while only 54 percent agreed with the Bible. While the numbers for the individual generations are not displayed, an even greater majority of millennials identified with Marx than with the Bible.
Actually, the survey showed every generation identified least with the Biblical passage.
Another troubling statistic is the percent of millennials who view communism as a problem. Only 55 percent of millennials view communism as a threat to our way of life. In fact, the three youngest generations (Gen. Z, millennials, and Gen. X) have the largest percent of respondents who believe communism has never been a problem (10 percent, 9 percent and 11 percent, respectively).
That means that 30 percent of those surveyed have no problem with the existence of communism.
One must wonder if the 100 million people killed in countries under communist rule would deny that there is a problem with the radical ideology.
Remember what Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin famously said: “The goal of socialism is communism.”
(H/T: The Christian Post)