Socialism is getting increasingly popular. A recent Gallup poll shows 49 percent of Millennials and Gen Z have a favorable view of socialism. Other surveys show as many as 57 percent embrace it. And while the numbers are far different among Gen X and Boomers, roughly a third of them give socialism a thumbs up too.
But why is socialism popular, particularly among young adults? While many have difficulty articulating their views, others have embraced the idea of “democratic socialism” as espoused by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Young Americans Against Socialism CEO Morgan Zegers sees this up close on a daily basis. After having an avowed communist as a good friend and college roommate, Zegers decided her generation needed to push back against the political tide.
In this conversation with Greg Corombos, Zegers details how she responds to the appeal of democratic socialism and why the facts of history are on her side. She also stresses that conservatives need to befriend and not mock those who really don’t know why they like socialism.