History Facts vs. Millennials Education Failure—Ignorance of History on Victims of Communism
Ignorance of History Comes Home to Roost: Communism and Millennials
To think that young people today could long for a resurrection of “full communism” just reflects how little they know about history. “History repeats itself,” writes British poet Steve Turner. “It has to. No one is listening.” ~Dr. Jerry Newcombe
In mid-December, a science editor for BuzzFeedUK, Kelly Oates, tweeted, “All I want for Christmas is full communism now.” Once this tweet was noticed, she withdrew it and issued an apology.
Victims of Communism
A month earlier, another BuzzFeedUK staffer, Blake Montgomery, had responded to a tweet from President Trump.
The president had declared November 7, 2017 as “National Day for the Victims of Communism.” Montgomery then tweeted, that “victims of Communism” was just a “white nationalist talking point.” He has since withdrawn the tweet and apologized.
The apologies notwithstanding, this shows how there is a great deal of ignorance about Communism and its less violent cousin, socialism, in our day. Millennials, who should know better, are arising who think a government-run economy is more fair and just than a market-based economy.
At D. James Kennedy Ministries, one of our television producers spoke with some young people during last year’s presidential run of Bernie Sanders, an out-of-the-closet socialist. At the time, Sanders was making great headway with millennials.
Here are some of the comments from some young people in South Florida. Alas, they are now typical of the views of millions of Americans:
- “I think socialism means doing what is best in society for everyone.”
- “Socialism is the means of production being controlled by the people. Capitalism is when other people control your means.”
- “We have to take care of each other. We haven’t done that for a long time in this country.”
I have interviewed conservative economist Steve Moore of FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation. He told our viewers: “What really troubles me is how many young people in America today, the millennials, are graduating after eight years of grade school, four years of high school, four years of college if not more, and they think that socialism is the way we should design our economy….That [is] just so disappointing because when you go to socialist places, you see that very few people work. Everybody thinks it’s wonderful you’re going to get all these free things, but you know at some point you’ve got all the people in the wagon and nobody’s there to pull it anymore.”
What if People Praised Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Party?
Could you imagine the outcry if somebody were to proclaim, “What we need is a modern Adolf Hitler”—the head of the National Socialist German Workers Party? Such ignorance and maliciousness would be rightfully condemned. Yet Lenin and Stalin and Mao, 20th century leaders of Communistic socialism, seemingly get off the hook.
As D. James Kennedy and I pointed out in our book, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? “Hitler has slain his millions. Stalin his tens of millions.”
Young people who have grown up with freedom and convenience tend to take it for granted —even to be lured by tyrannical “utopian” doctrines—because they don’t know what it’s like to be without God, and without freedom. ~C.D