The massive power of the Red Army could not conquer America, nor could the Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal. Ignorance, however, is a more potent force:
A new study found that millennials and the youngest generation (Generation Z) are unfamiliar with past Communist leaders, underestimate the number of people killed under Communism, and support the collectivist ideas of Bernie Sanders.
The cluelessness has reached extremes that would be impossible to parody.
More than a quarter of Americans (26 percent) and almost a full third of millennials (32 percent) said that more people were killed under George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin.
In terms of tyrant body count, Joseph Stalin is second only to his fellow communist Mao Zedong.
Under Stalin, the Soviet Union suffered an estimated 56 to 62 million “unnatural deaths,” with 34 to 49 million directly linked to the dictator. Under Bush, 6,648 U.S. service members died, and the number of Iraqis who died has been variously estimated at 112,114, 122,644, 151,000, and even 655,000. Even the highest number for Bush is roughly 700,000, while the lowest for Stalin would be 34 million.
Deaths in the Soviet Union were a price paid to secure Stalin’s grip on absolute power. Deaths in Iraq were a price paid in an attempt to forestall terror attacks, and to depose a genocidal dictator who had killed as many as half a million.
Already these facts are slipping away into irrelevance, as schools focus on teaching children about white privilege, recycling, and the imaginary menace of anthropogenic global warming.
As a result of this deliberately induced ignorance,
Only half of millennials (55 percent) said Communism was and still is a problem, while a full 80 percent of Baby Boomers said so, along with 91 percent of elderly Americans.
Given a choice between freedom and wealth on one hand versus tyranny and poverty on the other, young people have been taught to prefer the latter:
Younger Americans proved less likely to agree with the capitalist ideas of Milton Friedman than with Bernie Sanders. Only 55 percent of Generation Z and 58 percent of millennials agreed with Friedman, while 71 percent of Generation Z and the same percentage of millennials agreed with Sanders.
Founding Father of communist tyranny Vladimir Lenin gloated:
“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
Leftists have had far more than 4 years to run American education, as well as the media.
On a tip from Steve A.