How do politicians like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and pretty much the rest of the democrat party line-up manages to garner so much support when they foster policy positions that echo those of failed regimes throughout history?
Well, one needs to look no further than the socialist incubators our universities have become to understand the dilemma. When Karl Marx Is the most assigned economist in U.S. colleges, and The Communist Manifesto is in the top three, it’s not surprising that a recent survey revealed 7 out of 10 millennials said they are somewhat or extremely likely to vote for a socialist candidate.
It’s 3 P.M. on a Monday afternoon in the classroom of Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, a professor at Princeton University, and the name of the class being taught is Marx In The 21st Century. Mr. Schwartz kicks-off the new semester with a reading of the course syllabus.
“In this moment of unprecedented economic inequality and populist backlash, the time seems ripe for a return to Marx. How might Marxist thought need to be updated in light of the present? Our seminar will examine the contemporary viability of Marx’s fundamental concepts – labor, exploitation, ideology, surplus-value, class-consciousness, and revolution, among others. Other areas of interest include student-debt and debt more generally, social media and ‘algorithmic capitalism,’ contemporary political movements such as Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.”
Classes such as these are commonplace on nearly every American University in 2020 and left-leaning professors teaching them are promoting the idea that answers to modern societal issues are best visualized through the warped lens of Marxism.
Enter Bernie Sanders. In 2016, when the Vermont Senator threw his hat into the ring for President, many college students had an epiphany. It was in this moment that every collectivist, Marxist principle they had absorbed on campus manifested in a white-haired, bespectacled seventy-four-year-old man who had honeymooned in Moscow and spoke fondly of totalitarian regimes the world over, especially the Castro brothers in Cuba.
Now at Seventy-Eight, Sanders is once again the overwhelming favorite of college students garnering 42.3% support according to College Reaction’s online poll of 820 college students, Feb. 17, 2020. The next closest democrat was Pete Buttigieg at 11.6%, but now that he’s opted out of the race, Sander’s support will likely eclipse 50% on campuses. Overall, 80.1% of students in the poll preferred 2020 democrat presidential candidates compared to 19.9% for Donald Trump.
Maybe, the professors who ignore conservative economists, who ignore the diversity of thought on college campuses, who put forth a monolithic point of view clearly rooted in left of center ideals should wake-up from their three and a half year Rip Van Winkle/Marxist nap and take a look at what’s happened.
The smelling salts of reality would throw them into insanity when they discovered that a “deplorable” like Donald Trump delivered positive change to people of every color, creed, and religion in a manner consistent with market-based capitalism. They would have to re-evaluate the failed tenets Marx scribbled in his Manifest and stop making him the most assigned economist on their campuses and consider Milton Friedman for a breath of fresh air.