Campus Reform brings us another great, or perhaps not so great, video of completely clueless college students. The liberal ideas on campus may flow like wine, but in the end, the students have no idea what they’re talking about.
CR descended into Washington, D.C. to find out what students had to say about socialism. The young people were presented with two questions: “Do you like socialism?” and “What is socialism?” The former was easily answered. The second, not so much.
“It quickly became clear that while most of the people we spoke with held an idyllic view of socialism, most had little idea of what it actually is,” CR’s media director Cabot Phillips wrote.
“I think people throw that word around to try and scare you, but if helping people is socialism, than I’m for it,” one student said.
But when asked to define socialism, the same student said, “I’m not exactly sure.”
Another student jumped at the chance to explain that socialism is “more of an open form of government” that “feels accessible to a lot more people.”
But what is socialism, exactly? The student didn’t know.
The utopian ideals of socialism attracted many young voters to Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign. CR pointed to a poll from that year that showed just over half of Americans under 35 think socialism would work best for the country. Forty-five percent of those polled would also support an openly socialist candidate. And when it came to knowing about Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin, or Che Guevara, the same group were unfamiliar with those historical socialists.
Which begs the question: Are they learning anything at college?