History Facts vs. Millennials Education Failure— Ignorance of History on Communism and Socialism, Society without God
Ignorance of History Comes Home to Roost: Communism and Millennials
Entitlement Attitude of Society without God
I also interviewed Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of a large church in the greater D. C. area. He told our viewers, “[T]hings like socialism are attractive because in a secular society without God, folks see that culture as being the provider of all things. I don’t think young people are looking beneath the ‘gimmies,’ the benefits, the promise.”
The pollster George Barna also told our viewers recently, “37% of Americans say they prefer socialism to capitalism. When you look at the millennial generation, it’s a significant majority of them who prefer that.”
Millennial Ignorance of History
Millennials don’t seem to know this history. Perhaps they’ve never heard of The Black Book of Communism. The publisher is Harvard University Press (1999).
This book documents in no uncertain terms the brutality that the Communists inflicted on the world. The authors write of Communism’s death toll in the 20th century: “The total approaches 100 million people killed.” (p. 4, emphasis added). The tolls are staggering: nearly 20 million killed in the Soviet Union under Stalin (which is frankly a low estimate), 65 million in China under Mao, and millions more in Cambodia, North Korea, and Ethiopia, among others.
Scholars Have Neglected Communist Crimes
They point out: “One cannot help noticing the strong contrast between the study of Nazi and Communist crimes…. scholars have neglected the crimes committed by the Communists.” (p. 17)
We do not even know the exact number of Ukrainians Stalin killed. He reportedly had the census workers shot, so that history would never know how many he forced into starvation. Perhaps at least 3.5 million human beings died just in the Ukraine in the 1930s, in what Robert Conquest has called “the harvest of sorrow.” Some estimate it was as many as 8 million killed.
Young People in the West Today Need to Learn the Truth about Socialism and Communism
Young people in the West today, including America and Great Britain, need to learn the truth about socialism and Communism. I highly recommend two easy-to-read novels exposing the truth by a former Communist, British writer George Orwell, Animal Farm (a parable on the Russian Revolution—where the revolutionaries turned out to be worse than the czar) and 1984.
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.”
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.