Today, I made an appearance on USA Radio Trending Today with Rusty Humphries to discuss the popularity of Bernie Sanders amongst millennials.
A 2016 Harvard University study found that 51% of millennials do not support capitalism, and a recent study from VOC and YouGov found that 45% of 16-to-20-year-olds said they would vote for a socialist, 21% for a communist.
On the show today, Rusty asked me how we can change their minds.
That’s when it hit me. The only way to change young socialists’ minds is through shattering the socialist dream.
Calling himself a “democratic socialist,” condemning greedy millionaires, and promising free college, millennials adored Bernie Sanders in the presidential primaries. Most of them will admit that, sure, he might have never taken economics 101, but at least he’s a good guy. At least he’s genuine! At least he wants to take on the establishment!
You’re not anti-establishment if you want to make the establishment bigger. You’re not anti-establishment if you don’t mind the establishment, so long as you’re in it. You’re not anti-establishment if you earned your million-dollar fortune at the expense of the taxpayer.
Young socialists who berate capitalism are convinced that “democratic socialism” is a new, “progressive” idea.
The entire original philosophy behind socialism was a more “democratic” control over the means of production. Putting the word “democratic” in front of something doesn’t make said thing any better. Just because you vote to take someone else’s money doesn’t make it not theft.
Bernie’s philosophy—the idea that we have to legislate equality of outcome, the idea that government is a tool which we should use to coerce subjective morality—is an idea that contributed to the deaths of one hundred million people in the last century alone.
So it’s time to shatter the socialist dream.
For those of you who think Bernie is a nice guy, a generous guy, and socialism is about caring for the poor…
In 2014, Bernie Sanders, the six-figure socialist with three houses, gave a grand total of $8,000 to charity.
While Bernie was preaching to you about how it’s evil for millionaires to get tax breaks, he and his wife were taking $60,208 in deductions from their taxable income.
Bernie Sanders pays a tax rate half that of the millionaires and billionaires he condemns. In 2014, he and his wife actually paid a lower federal income tax rate than the average rate couples in the same tax bracket pay.
Does it not bother you the slightest bit that Bernie Sanders owns three homes and yet still preaches to us about greed?
He constantly says that America has the worst track record, out of all the countries in the world, when it comes to pumping money into welfare programs, while ignoring the fact that Americans give about the same in private charity every year as the entire GDPs of the welfare-states in Europe that he praises.
Hint: Capitalism creates wealth. Socialism only steals it.
If I start a business, if I create a product that consumers are enthusiastic about buying, I’m greedy. By contributing to the world, by creating value and wealth, I’ve somehow stolen from it. But Bernie Sanders—the man who bought three homes with money he didn’t create but instead that the government took forcibly from you—is somehow generous? He’s the hero?
As Milton Friedman once said, “Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest?”
Bernie Sanders is not the wonderful, virtuous, genuine person he claims to be in order to buy your vote. He’s not anti-establishment. His ideas are not new. Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite who lives his lavish lifestyle literally at the expense of you.
Wake up, millennials. Socialism isn’t generosity. Socialism is a dream, a bloody dream that at the end of the day, can only be accomplished at the point of a gun.
Socialism isn’t compassion. It’s compulsion.