Venezuelan protesters in Washington D.C. recently told Cabot Phillips their message for young people in America who want Socialism. Attendees overwhelmingly agree on one thing: Don’t do it.
Socialism is poison and it destroys everything it touches. “You do not ever want anything close to socialism,” one attendee said, while another added, “people are eating from trash cans in the streets, so how has socialism helped?”
With the release of the Green New Deal proposal today, this seems perfectly timed. It’s another one of those Campus Reform videos where they send Cabot Phillips out to ask questions of people on the street. Often Phillips is infiltrating a far-left protest crowd and finding out what they really know about what they’re protesting. In this case, the crowd isn’t far left and they know quite a bit about what they’re protesting. They know because they fled their home country to escape it.
“From the perspective of people who’ve lived through failed socialism, it’s very hard to accomplish,” one young woman said. That’s probably the least cutting response.
“I don’t think any Venezuelan can really like socialism because we’ve seen it put in place very well,” another woman replied. Later in the clip she added, “We also thought that this could never happen in our country. We had a balance of powers. We had democracy and we elected our leaders.” Yes, they did, and they elected a democratic socialist who was charismatic and who promised Venezuela would never make the tyrannical mistakes made in Russia. And yet, here we are.
A third young woman replied, “It doesn’t work the way the book says it works because we’re human and we have imperfections and socialism is too perfect to be true.” More
Millennials, are you listening? Students are young and idealistic, which makes them perfect marks. Worse yet students being young lack the experience to truly understand what’s really at stake.
Socialism doesn’t work for one simple reason because it takes the reward of hard work and innovation away from the person who was responsible for that production and it gives his production to those who don’t work hard and don’t innovate.