by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Garland Tucker and Jon Pritchett’s joint Daily Journal focuses on the potential negative impact of rising support for socialism among the young.
Socialism has crippled nations and impoverished their citizens. The evidence is clear. Yet despite this, lots of people in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe want more of it. A recent survey of adults from the American Culture and Faith Institute found that four out of every 10 adults in America prefer socialism to capitalism. A 2016 Gallup poll found 35 percent of Americans viewed socialism favorably. Among voters younger than 30, that number was an eye-opening 55 percent. The Democratic Socialists of America, the largest Marxist organization since World War II, has 25,000 members — up from just 8,000 members in 2015, when it endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. The DSA has chapters in 49 states. As free-market capitalists and advocates for liberty, it’s clear we have work to do.