by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
How did socialism become mainstream? Look no farther than modern-day socialism’s roots: Marxism. When one observes the modern political scene occupied by the likes of Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, one observes nothing but modern-day Marxism. When one observes the modern-day college campus, one observes nothing but the Marxist-leftist indoctrination of America’s youth.
When Marxism is considered, it is often viewed through an economic lens. Karl Marx’s ideas of historical materialism, the exploitation of the proletariat by the bourgeoisie, and class-based division are staples of American collegiate academia. Any second-year university student, no matter his degree path, has already been taught from the enlightened minds of Marx and Engels. However, what if these ideas of Marxism go much deeper than mere economics? What if Marxist philosophy has extended to every facet of the American college campus?
To some, this idea might seem preposterous and a manufactured right-wing conspiracy. To any politically moderate or conservative student, it’s a living reality.
While socialist and Marxist-influenced ideas have spread throughout the corridors of America and thus led to the election of such prominent democratic socialists as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, many Americans don’t realize how deep an impact Marxist ideas have made culturally — namely, on college campuses.