‘The S-word’: how young Americans fell in love with socialism

At 18, Olivia Katbi was answering the phones and emails in a Republican state senator’s office in Ohio. Then the legislator threw his weight behind a particularly contentious anti-abortion law. “I realised that the party I’m working for is evil. After that I identified as a Democrat but I wasn’t really happy with their policies either,” said Katbi, now 25.

  • Make these snowflakes live in a miniature socialist society and treat them accordingly. Film every moment, especially the bits where someone uses all of their minutes on their cell phones and never replaces the coffee.

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  • BillyHW

    “I realized that I’m too young, stupid and female to vote. Maybe I could contribute more to the world by baking cookies or making sandwiches.”

    Alas, they never say that…

    • glasnost

      Don’t forget: “I’ve never had a real job so I don’t have any personal wealth to spread around for the good of all people, so I’ll simply advocate to distribute other people’s money.”

      • k2

        Yes, socialism always looks better from a distance and in the abstract for some reason (What?! You expect me to give something to others? That wasn’t part of the deal.)

        • Tooth&Claw

          Everyone is seduced by ‘free’ stuff, not understanding it’s not in fact free. The price you pay for ‘free’ is individual autonomy, free agency, and choice.
          That parents don’t explain this to their children is downright criminal.

  • CodexCoder

    Those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Ignorance is not bliss.

  • canminuteman

    The ones who don’t believe in killing babies are the evil ones? Weird.

  • Waffle

    In a way, it is perhaps inevitable that the children of privilege would see socialism — the soft path to communism — in a favourable light.

    Let’s pretend for a moment that they have not been brainwashed and fed a steady diet of propaganda their whole lives and examine what their lives are like at the moment.

    Many are deeply in debt for a dumbed-down Arts degree that is worth less than the highschool diploma I got 50+years ago. They try to find salvation in the foam of a latte as they struggle to pay for their health care. So sure, a guaranteed basic income looks good.

    Debt, coupled with the need to pay for basic necessities (health care, food, clothes, rent if you’re not living in your parent’s basement) plus the creation of “wants” driven by slick advertising and marketing campaigns has created a new slave class. No wonder they are so angry. How can they not be?

    Nobody ever told them that there is no free lunch.

    I blame the unions. Unionization has infected every aspect of society. It has destroyed professionalism. It has destroyed the meritocracy. It is now inexorably destroying Western civilization.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    We should roll it out in targeted localities. Say a city of 300,000. Raise the minimum wage to $40 an hour and raise taxes FROM THE FIRST DOLLAR to 67%……just like Denmark. That’s really all anyone talks about when they mention the word ‘socialism’. Make all colleges there free, all mass transit free and give everyone $5,000 month minimum money. Welcome in all illegals and refugees w/o limit. Give everyone free abortions on demand from age 12 to 60. Outlaw the Republican party. Outlaw all cars, make all health care free.

    Go ahead. If it works? Mazel Tov.

    • Clausewitz

      Isn’t that San Francisco?