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

Young Americans blame capitalism for crises in housing, healthcare and falling wages. Once demonised, the word ‘socialism’ is back as a new political movement takes root

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.

Back then, she couldn’t articulate her reservations about President Barack Obama. There were the drone strikes, and the limitations of his healthcare reforms. But mostly it was a frustrating sense he wasn’t serving her interests so much as those of a monied elite. So in the 2012 presidential election, Katbi voted for Jill Stein, the Green party candidate. But that didn’t change the world.

It was only last year, when Bernie Sanders made his run under the banner of democratic socialism, that it all started to fall into place.

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  • BillyHW

    And the children are are fewtur.

  • simus1

    Ill educated narcissists who think BS bloated marxists profs have all the answers to assuage their “super virtue signaled feelings”. Funny all this rot set in just about the same time the “student loans” industry and “the everyone must attend university” virus took hold.

    • Uncommunist

      It’s another government supported leftist scam/con.

  • Clausewitz
  • Watchman

    Hmmm, a link to an article in The Guardian: do I think it is going to be in any way critical of Socialism or Communism? Not bloody likely, guvnor.

  • ‘Then the legislator threw his weight behind a particularly contentious anti-abortion law. “I realised that the party I’m working for is evil.’

    Non sequitur much?

    • Blacksmith

      If she had asked me after that drivel I would have been easily able to tell her she was a socialist. They believe that the state trumps unborn life.

  • Observer

    Socialism is just a polite word for Communism in the guise of Democracy.

  • canminuteman

    Young people like socialism because it promises free stuff curtsy of someone else. Given that young people don’t own anything yet, free stuff curtsy of someone else seems like a good idea. When they start to accumulate their own stuff, giving it all to someone else isn’t as appealing. It has always been thus.

    This is why socialists want a lower voting age.