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51% – ers

from Brock Townsend:

Socialism’s False Promise

Via Billy

Given its track record, one wonders why socialism is gaining in popularity in the U.S. and what appeal it has to a generation that, apparently, knows little about it.

A recent survey from Harvard University has found that 51 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 do not support capitalism. Just 42 percent support the economic system that has allowed even the poorest American to live better and to have more opportunity for advancement than most of the rest of the world. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed support socialism.

Why does socialism receive such strong support among the young? I think it’s partly due to what is being taught in too many public schools and universities and it is partly due to ignorance and human nature, which would rather get a check than earn one.

Three quotes about socialism sum up both its false promise and its danger.

Back-in-the-day, when I was going to college, I paid all my own tuition, bought my own books, and worked full-time.  At minimum wage or slightly more than minimum wage jobs.  No student loans for me!
This is not to say I wouldn’t have considered a loan – I didn’t think I’d qualify and didn’t know I’d a choice!
What changed, wherein young people cannot work and afford college on their own? 
(I suspect the government is involved!)
(In the interest of full disclosure, I barely make it on SSDI today, and sometimes borrow (or am gifted) money to pay my auto insurance, or to make groceries.  This is not a bleg, but just a statement-of-fact.  What changed, when I could once afford to pay my own way, and now cannot?  I suspect the government is involved.)
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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on “51% – ers

  1. There are many components to the societal breakdown, but a very large part of it is the teaching of liberalism/Progressivism in schools. No knowledge of history, no knowledge of how a capitalistic system works, no knowledge of much of anything. It’s become “cool” to be stupid. And teachers & professors who have never held any job outside of a school are the biggest contributors, along with their willing accomplices in the various legislatures.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | June 30, 2016, 8:51 am
    • Let’s not forget the outside agitators!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | June 30, 2016, 9:12 am
      • I haven’t, but I also keep in mind that it’s hard to fool someone who knows the truth of how things work. So if this entire generation of clueless young people is fooled, it’s because they’ve never been taught the truth. Add to that the Progressive politicians who deliberately lie about practically everything, and all the Clueless Generations get is reinforcement of the lies.

        Posted by Rev. Paul | June 30, 2016, 9:26 am
      • Sad, but very true!

        Posted by guffaw1952 | June 30, 2016, 9:35 am
  2. OPM, it’s all about using other people’s money rather than actually earning your own… sigh

    Posted by Old NFO | June 30, 2016, 1:56 pm

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