A new video released by Campus Reform shows that though many young people support socialism, some of them cannot even define what it is.
Campus Reform, a group that investigates issues relating to college campuses, asked students in the Washington, D.C. area about their opinions on socialism as a political philosophy and whether they thought it should be implemented in the United States.
When asked whether socialism is a “good thing” or a “bad thing,” one student claimed people use the term “socialism” as a scare tactic.
“I think people kind of throw that word around to try to scare you. But if helping people is socialism, then I’m for it,” she said.
“(Socialism) could really benefit our country in the future,” another student said.
One young man said he thought that socialism does not get it’s fair due.
“Socialism — as a concept, as a philosophy — is good. I think that it’s got a bad rap,” he said.
Another said that socialism is necessary in order to “spread the wealth.”
“Trying to spread the wealth is definitely a good thing in America, and it’s definitely a thing that’s needed,” he said.
According to a 2016 Harvard University survey, 51 percent of young people between the ages of 18-29 do not support capitalism as an economic system.
However, while many students told Campus Reform that they supported socialism in America, some could not even provide a definition for the term.
“I mean, honestly, that definition gets thrown around a lot. … I’m not exactly sure,” one woman said.
One woman responded simply, “Um … .”
“Hmm … I’m gonna have to think about that,” another man said.
Some people were able to provide basic definitions.
“Geez, uh . I guess just, specifically, just, you know, getting rid of that wealth gap in the United States,” one man said.
“Hmm, I mean, it’s definitely more of an open form of government and it feels like a lot more accessible to a lot more people. And that’s kind of how I see it,” a woman said. “Like being more accessible and kind of equal ground … yeah.”
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