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Marion Smith @smithmarion
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We just published our Third Annual Report on US Attitudes Toward Socialism. It confirms that most Americans still lack a serious understanding of socialism and communism. Read findings here:
.@YouGov surveyed Americans to assess their attitudes toward various political systems, and once again, millennials are the outliers. 52% of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist (46%) or communist (6%) country instead of a capitalist one (40%).
Younger Americans tend to associate "socialism" with European democracies, @SenSanders, income equality, and healthcare rather than communism, authoritarianism, and even Marxism.
We can talk about different policy ideas as we debate our future, but when we talk about socialism we need to know what it means. Intellectually and historically, a high-tax welfare state, expanded healthcare system, and universal basic income are not the essence of socialism.
As Marx and other leading socialists have made clear, socialism denies the concept of individual rights, rejects objective truth, demands collectivisim, and undermines the rule of law.
It is important to remember that Marxist experiments like the USSR, China, Cuba, North Korea, and now Venezuela have caused enormous political, economic, and humanitarian catastrophes—some of which continue today. Ideas have consequences. .
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