The Sierra Sage
MY POINT OF VIEW
My Point of View
Don Conway is a retired small-business owner living in Washoe Valley, NV. You can direct comments to him on his personal blog:
NOW I’M STARTING TO WORRY
What have we created? Our desire to build a better, safer, more inclusive and politically correct environment to raise our children and grandkids might have backfired on our otherwise good intentions. Maybe it started with giving all sport and activity participants trophies and awards regardless if they win or lose the competitions. Perhaps it was furthered by teachers who collect pens, compasses, rulers, and protractors from all the students who bring these new items to school and redistribute them “equally” to ALL the students, regardless of whether those kids brought anything of value to the classroom. Our desire to insure a happy and non-discriminatory environment for our little darlings might just change the direction of our society in the future, and not for the “better”.
I’m a “Baby Boomer”. My children are “Gen X’ers” and their children are what we call “Millennials”. This last group coined the term “safe spaces” (a condition or a location where they can feel safe from the big, bad world and the consequences of choices). Here’s the shocker … Nearly half of all U.S. Millennials believe the greatest “safe space” for them would be living under a socialist regime.
That’s according to a new study from Washington, D.C.-based “Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation”, a research firm which surveyed over 2,000 people regarding their views on socialism and the communist political system. The biggest take away from the study was that one out of every two Millennials surveyed said they would rather live in a socialist or communist country over a capitalist democracy like the U.S.
“Millennials now make up the largest generation in America, and we're seeing some deeply worrisome trends," Marion Smith, executive director of the foundation said in a statement. "Millennials are increasingly turning away from capitalism and toward socialism and even communism as a viable alternative.”
Nearly 45 percent of Millennials polled said that they would prefer to live in a socialist country compared to the 42 percent who said they preferred a capitalist one. Another 7 percent said that they preferred living in a communist country above all other choices. The findings show that the percentage of Millennials who prefer socialism over capitalism is a full 10 points higher than that of the general population.
By comparison, over half of baby boomers polled favor capitalism, compared to 26 percent who support a socialist system.
The report also found that one in five Americans in their 20s consider former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin a hero, despite his genocide of Ukrainians and Orthodox priests. Over a quarter of Millennials polled also thought the same for Vladimir Lenin and Kim Jong Un.
One of the most troubling findings of the report is that over 40 percent of Americans believe that there should be restrictions placed on the First Amendment and free speech to ensure that anything being said is not “offensive.”
The survey also uncovered that a basic working knowledge of communism among all Americans is lacking. Seven out of 10 Americans do not know the definition of communism as it is most often confused with socialism. The same amount also underestimates the number of people who have been killed by communist regimes.
So, where does this take us in the context of the future of our country and our civilization? Over 200 years of economic and social history thrown away in a misdirected desire to “equal the playing field” for those who feel that they have been cheated in the “Great Lottery of Life”. Misinformed and spoiled by their parents and their politicians, the Millennials will toss our prosperity into the toilet to achieve their “safe spaces”.