Millennials think socialism would lead to a large safe space, study finds

Nov. 7, 1973: A military parade on the Red Square held in celebration of the 56th anniversary of Russia’s 1917 socialist revolution.

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Almost half of all AMERICAN millennials believe the biggest safe space of all of them would be to live under a socialist regime.

That is according to a new study by research firm YouGov and Washington, D. C. on the basis of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which surveyed more than 2000 people about their views on socialism and the communist political system. The biggest takeaway from the study was that one out of every two millennials surveyed said that they prefer to live in a socialist or communist country for a capitalist democracy, like the US

“Millennials are now the largest generation in America, and we see some deeply worrisome trends,” Marion Smith, executive director of the foundation said in a statement to Fox News. “Millennials are more and more away from capitalism to socialism, and even communism as a viable alternative.”

Almost 45 percent of the millennials surveyed said they would prefer to live in a socialist country in comparison with the 42% who said they preferred a capitalist. Another 7 percent said that the preference for living in a communist country above all. The findings show that the percentage of millennials who prefer socialism to capitalism as a full 10 points higher than that of the general population.

Venezuela, a socialist government, is on the verge of collapse for the past year. People often stuggle to find food and other staple goods as seen on this picture, taken on a Cracas supermarket in July 2017.

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By comparison, more than half of baby boomers polled in favour of the workers, compared to 26 percent who support a socialist system.

The report also revealed that one in five Americans in their 20s consider former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, a hero, despite its genocide of Ukrainians, and Orthodox priests. More than a quarter of the millennials surveyed also thought the same for Vladimir Lenin and Kim Jong Un.

One of the most disturbing findings of the report is that more than 40 percent of Americans believe that there are restrictions on the First Amendment and the freedom of expression to ensure that everything being said is not “offensive.”

The survey also revealed that a basic knowledge of communism among all Americans is missing.

Seven out of 10 Americans do not know what the definition of communism as it is often confused with socialism. The same amount also would be an underestimation of the number of people that are killed by the communist regimes.

“This disturbing turn highlights widespread historical illiteracy in the American society with regards to socialism and the systemic failure of our education system to teach students about the genocide, destruction and misery caused by communism since the Bolshevik Revolution a hundred years ago,” says Smith.

Perry Chiaramonte is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter via @perrych

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