A poll of first and second-time voters, age 18 to 26, has found that two-thirds prefer socialism or even communism to capitalism. A majority believe that America is no better than any other country. And only 15% favor Republicans. This may spell doom for Republicans and conservatives in general for the next three decades. So says pollster Frank Luntz.
I would say that once this cohort gains some life experience, some of their political beliefs will change. That’s usually the pattern. It certainly was for those of us in the Sixties generation. I also suspect we are seeing the fruit of today’s educational system. The founders believed that a free republic requires an educated citizenry. Not just any kind of education, but a “liberal” education, the term coming from the Latin word for free citizens. That is, the classical liberal education that expanded the mind, taught discernment, stressed the lessons of history, and studied the high points of our civilization.
When that kind of education is jettisoned in favor of relativism, revisionism, and leftist political indoctrination, what can we expect? Why wouldn’t they think that socialism and communism are “more compassionate” than capitalism, if they know nothing about economics, history, or objective reality? [Read more…]