Ever ponder this question? Why would young people vote en masse for Barack Obama when he is running up a crushing debt for which they will be responsible? Even the faintest hint of reality should tell them they’re screwing themselves by making such a choice.

The answer, as presented by Robert Tracinski at RealClearPolitics, is simple: Look at how they live, especially those who are college students.

If we ask why this group leans so far to the left, on one level the answer is simple. College students and recent graduates lean left because of what they were taught in the universities, which are notorious as one of the last domains for Marxist theories and “political correctness.” But this answer is oversimplified and perhaps a bit circular. After all, why are the universities bastions for these ideas—and why do today’s youth, raised in a culture of pointed, sarcastic skepticism, accept those so ideas with so little resistance?

The enduring influence of the left’s ideas has to do, not just with the message students encounter at the universities, but with the environment in which they encounter it.

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