Sunday, January 3, 2016

Kshama Sawant: For Many Millennials, the Dirty Word Is ‘Capitalism,’ Not ‘Socialism’

Unfortunately, she is correct about this view.

There should be an urgency among free market advocates to clearly advance the important point that there is a difference between capitalism and crony capitalism, so that socialists like Seattle city council member Sawant can't get away with writing commentary like this:
There is a decisive mood of resistance in America – a backlash to the status quo. The Bernie Sanders campaign for president is capturing that mood, and it is no surprise that ‘socialism’ was the most looked-up word in 2015.

The American youth of today did not grow up in the shadow of the Cold War. The vilification of socialist ideas by Republicans anyway only serves, if anything, to pique their interest. Coupled with that is the future most young Americans face: a low-wage job market, proliferation of student debt and an escalating housing affordability crisis. Since the Occupy movement, the dirty word as far as many millennials are concerned is not socialism, but capitalism.


  1. They've been indoctrinated since kindergarten

  2. Mises's term was Interventionism. I believe that was a technical economic term that may have pre-dated him.

  3. The sad part is, this generation has grown up in anything but capitalism but fascism. Poor dumb bastards.