This article is a call to arms for conservatives to join me in a worthy cause: informing naive young Americans who have been indoctrinated in government schools about the problematic reality of socialism. More about the call to arms later. First some background. A college student recently asked me, “What’s so bad about socialism?” What was disturbing about his question was that the student had a high school diploma and a year of college under his belt. He should have known what’s wrong with socialism. Unfortunately, this student is not alone in his ignorance. In a nation that built the strongest economy in the history of the world on the basis of economic freedom, entrepreneurship, and a positive work ethic, an increasing number of young people view socialism not only as an acceptable system but one preferable to a free market system.
In a recent Rasmussen poll, respondents were asked to state which system—capitalism or socialism—they thought was superior. Capitalism barely eked out a majority of 53 percent. In other words, 47 percent of respondents either prefer socialism to capitalism or do not know which system they prefer. The latter scare me more than the former because they make easy marks for leftwing ideologues with a socialist agenda. The results of this poll clearly show the effect that 12 to 16 years of liberal indoctrination in America’s public schools and colleges can have on the thinking of young people, especially when coupled with the constant left-wing messages of the liberal news media and entertainment industry.
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the Rasmussen poll is how divided adults under thirty years of age are over the question of socialism versus capitalism. Subjecting young people to leftwing indoctrination passed off as education has had the desired effect— provided of course, you are a leftwing radical illogically wedded to a system that has a long record of failure. According to the Rasmussen poll, adults under the age of thirty responded to the question as follows: 33 percent prefer socialism and 30 percent are undecided. That 63 percent of young people in America do not prefer the economic system that made America a global superpower is a great victory for the left and a stinging indictment of America’s public education system. It is also a call to arms for conservatives.
This is the Introduction to a ten-part series on socialism. My hope is that the reader will use the material provided in the ten brief articles that follow to educate and inform young people who have been indoctrinated by the left—especially the 30 percent who are undecided concerning socialism versus the free market. The battle between socialism and economic freedom will be won or lost in the hearts America’s young people—the decision makers and leaders of tomorrow. Help me make sure the right side wins.