College students have positive vibes about socialism, plan to vote that way

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Students at the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the U.S. believe socialism is "all about inclusivity and kindness," while a recent poll found that seven in ten Millennials will likely vote socialist.

"The word 'socialism' has left behind its past of breadlines and beatings and has come to mean something like 'kindness' for some students at Georgetown University," The Daily Signal reported. "Many Millennials would agree with the positive feelings these university students have for socialism."

Students embracing the 'new' socialism

Georgetown sophomore Darby Bupp, 19, of Piqua, Ohio, who majors in government, believes socialism is all about group action to help the majority. "Socialism means multiple people coming together for the benefit of the most – instead of the benefit of those contributing the most," she told The Daily Signal.

Georgetown neurobiology major, Galvan, had nothing but positive things to say about socialism. "[Socialism is] supposed to be restoration – if you have something, it's OK to give out and help others," she expressed to the daily. "At its core foundation, socialism is a great policy."

Galvan insisted that a "real" socialist would never force citizens to do anything against their will.

"At that point, it stops being actual socialism and starts being individualism and what a person [in power] wants," she argued. "There are always people who are unwilling. A lot of the people that are oppressed now are voting for socialism, and the ones who are unwilling are the ones [who are privileged,] … I don't see how it would even hurt them that much."

Even after being reminded of how some 100 million people tragically died from the effects of socialism and communism under Joseph Stalin's harsh rule of the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution of 1917, 22-year-old Georgetown senior Adam Harrison – an international politics major – stuck to his belief that pure socialism and communism benefits people.

"I don't think the USSR was a perfect version of socialism – I don't think they truly adhered to socialism or communism," Harrison told the paper. "[I define socialism as] more equity among people – less disparity."

Merriam-Webster defines socialism as "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods." Harrison shared that when that definition was recited to him, his opinion didn't budge "at all."

Accepting truth from history …

The hard facts about socialism and the demise of those under it over the past century are discounted by most college students … but taken as a sober warning by a few.

"In over 40 nations that have practiced it, socialism inflicted loss of individual freedom, severe shortages of basic resources and consumer items, and untold suffering," the Daily Signal's Jackson Elliott informed. "For students such as these, though, socialism means a better and fairer future – vaguely defined. That 100 million people were starved, shot and slaughtered by socialist governments from the 1917 Russian Revolution to the close of the 20th century is a fact that bears little relation to their 'socialism.'"

But some students actually understood socialism's exploitive core, which leads to suffering.

"[Socialism] leaves a very open window for corruption," said freshman Kevin Jackson, an 18-year-old freshman math major from Burke, Virginia. "Those openings for corruption are almost guaranteed to cause things like genocide."

But he did not grasp the godless underpinnings of the failed economic system and believes it should be implemented in some fashion.

"I don't think that something being ineffective means that it's morally wrong," Jackson continued. "We can take some inspiration from socialism and try to implement those ideas into what we're doing and see if we can find a happy medium that is actually effective [to help eliminate political corruption]. Even though I believe capitalism is the best economic system in terms of effectiveness so far, it also leaves open a lot of corruption possibilities. I don't think that necessarily means socialism, but the way socialism is advertised, it does imply a lot of fairness."

The lone student interviewed at Georgetown strongly opposing socialism was 18-year-old freshman finance major Eduardo Mendoza from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

"[Socialism will bring] nothing good [and is defined as] the government trying to provide more for the individual than the individual trying to provide more for himself," Mendoza asserted. "Many Millennials want the government to give them everything, and each passing day [they] become more dependent on other people than just on themselves."

Millennials embracing socialism

A poll conducted by YouGov for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation revealed a socialist worldview held by Millennials similar to the one expressed by Georgetown students:

  • 70% of Millennials say they are [somewhat or extremely] likely to vote socialist.
  • Communism is viewed favorably by 36% of Millennials – up 8 points from 2018.
  • [Only] 57% of Generation Z and 62% of Millennials believe China is communist – not democratic (compared to 88% of Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation).
  • 72% of Americans incorrectly say that communism has killed LESS than 100 million people in the past 100 years.
  • [Only] 57% of Millennials (compared to 94% of the Silent Generation) believe the Declaration of Independence better guarantees freedom and inequality over the Communist Manifesto.
  • While 80% of Americans say they trust themselves (over government and community) to take care of their own interests, younger generations are about 25% less likely to say this.
  • 22% of Millennials believe that "society would be better if all private property was abolished," compared to 1% of the Silent Generation.
  • 45% of Generation Z and Millennials believe that "all higher education should be free."
  • 76% of respondents are unaware that the Hitler-Stalin pact started World War II.
  • 27% of Americans across every generation see President Trump as the "biggest threat to world peace" over Kim Jong-Un (22%) and Vladimir Putin (15%).

Communism reigns supreme in Ivy League

Campus politics are leaning so far left that a professor who fled communism in Romania recently resigned from Columbia University, complaining it is "on its way toward full-blown communism," as expressed in a Romanian TV interview that was translated for The College Fix.

"Prof. Andrei Serban – an award-winning director – complained about the increasing social justice demands he faced in the theater department in the interview," The College Fix reported.

During a meeting to discuss a replacement of a faculty member, the dominant campus politics were revealed.

"[There are] too many white professors, too many heterosexual men," Columbia's Art School dean argued, while saying a minority, a woman, or a gay man would be the best hire, according to Serban, who was told the replacement couldn't resemble someone like him because he was "married – a heterosexual man who has children."

Serban shared his emotions after he asked if they would hire a white male – if he was the most qualified candidate – and they said no: "I felt like I was living under communism again."

One last incident pushed him to resign.

"One prominent example he gave: pressure to admit a male-to-female transgender applicant who auditioned as Juliet [for] Romeo and Juliet," the Fix's Jeremiah Poff recounted. "Serban says that he could not believe that this person could become Juliet, [and] after his colleagues expressed displeasure with him for stating as much, Serban resigned, saying that he could not violate his principles."


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