What draws young people to socialism?

Thoughts on a Free Market Economy…
“What Draws Young People to Socialism?”
By Phyllis Hunsinger
June 1, 2016

During the 2016 Presidential campaigns, many inappropriate economic concepts are being presented. The phrase “unfairness” is often bandied about as young people clamor for government programs that in effect redistribute wealth and income. People fall for these flawed concepts because their economic knowledge is inadequate.

The college graduate as well as the high school graduate may find themselves living with their parents because of the dismal employment situation, which despite media headlines to the contrary continues to be the weakest economy in several generations. Many college students are drowning in student loan debt with no job prospect sufficient to repay the loan. No wonder young voters want the freebies offered by candidates promising something for nothing.

Because economic education is lacking in most public schools and liberal arts college degree plans, young people are joining the voting ranks without understanding the basic principles that guide our everyday lives as consumers, employees, or employers. Examples abound demonstrating that free markets lead to a civil society and prosperity. Likewise, the examples of the failures of socialism and communism to raise the standard of living and the prosperity of their citizens are everywhere. Students need to be taught these principles. Students need to know the difference between equal opportunities and equal outcomes.
For a good discussion on these concepts, check out www.manipulism.com.

America has earned a reputation around the world as providing equal opportunities for all and for possessing an individualistic attitude to succeed. Americans have admired the success of hard-working individuals who are striving to advance their economic status. People from other countries wait years, often enduring hardships, while waiting for a chance to live in America where they know the opportunity exists for them to have a better life. Jealousy and resentment have never been characteristics associated with Americans or used as a reason to take away another’s rightfully earned wealth. This change in attitude is brought about by politicians taking advantage of the lack of economic knowledge of young people. Free stuff sounds so good when economic ignorance rules the day.

Young people are being cheated whenever they are not educated in economics. The only money governments have to spend is taken from its citizens; therefore, government programs are funded by income tax revenue. This means that anyone employed is paying for these giveaway programs.

As Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain famously said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

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2 Comments on "What draws young people to socialism?"

  • Linda Gregory says

    GOOD FOR YOU PHYLLIS,
    TOO MANY OF OUR YOUNGER GENERATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN GROUNDED IN BASIC ECONOMIC SKILLS, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY ETC. I DON’T THINK THEY UNDERSTAND THE SELF CONFIDENCE IN DOING WELL.

  • Angela Harrison says

    Excellent article, Phyllis! Thanks so much for sharing … Clark and I have seven “millennial” children, and the four that I raised were taught solid conservative principles. I have been baffled and dismayed as I’ve witnessed two of them deciding that liberalism is great, and they both love Bernie Sanders. Seriously? They all had to work hard to make it through school. All four are college educated, and two have Masters. I believe much of the liberal ideology is taught on college and university campuses throughout our Nation. I’m stunned at the strength of this influence among our young people!

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