Poll finds 70 percent of millennials vote socialist, 50 percent say capitalism ‘unfavourable’
A poll conducted by American non-profit organization Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) found new and telling results in their the organization’s fourth Annual Report on their US-based poll, ‘Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism.’
According to this year’s data, 36 percent of Millennials (ages 23 to 38) supported communism, with opinions of capitalism in a free fall. Data finds that only half of all Millennials and Zoomers (ages 16-22) have a “favourable opinion” on capitalism.
I know you’re not supposed to review a TV show on the basis of a single episode, but I don’t think I’m going to make it past episode one of the second season of Jack Ryan. Its full title is Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan but it might as well be called Noam Chomsky’s Jack Ryan.
Take the fictional version of Venezuela where most of the action is set. Its economy is in the toilet, the people are starving, and it’s on the verge of becoming a failed state. So far, so accurate. But the reason this Venezuela is such a basket case is not because it’s been ruled by a succession of corrupt socialist demagogues for the past 21 years, but because—wait for it—the President is a far-right populist with bad hair. But don’t worry, kids. There’s a challenger waiting in the wings whose planning to take him down at the forthcoming Presidential election: a middle-aged, female academic-turned-activist who believes in “social justice.” In case that’s too subtle for you, she even looks a bit like Elizabeth Warren.
Jack Ryan season two isn’t just the usual, run-of-the-mill, politically correct Hollywood gibberish like Watchmen. It’s as though the writers and producers have deliberately set out to troll conservatives. What are they going to do for an encore? Set season three in Cambodia circa 1977 and portray Pol Pot as a free market capitalist obsessed with Ayn Rand?
Perhaps John Krasinski, whose star vehicle this is, was stung by some of the woke criticism the first series attracted—“From frame to frame, Jack Ryan is an astonishing case study in toxic narratives,” said Vanity Fair’s Sonia Saraiya—and is trying to make amends. In one scene, we see John Krasinski being taken advantage of by a beautiful, Venezuelan secret agent who exploits his sense of male entitlement to get a look in his briefcase. Female ingenuity 1, toxic masculinity 0.
The whole episode plays like the TV equivalent of one of those grovelling apologies delivered by a celebrity who’s been called out by a Twitter mob. Perhaps, for saying something 15 years ago that breached a speech code put in place the other week. Although my prediction is that Krasinski and his crack team of TV professionals will end up falling foul of the purity policy anyway because it’ll be Jack Ryan that saves democracy in Venezuela, foiling a dastardly plot by the Trump stand-in to execute a military coup and ensuring the Warren look-a-like becomes President. Haven’t these bozos ever heard the phrase “white saviour?”
Maybe I’m looking for things to be offended by. Woke criticism is often unintentionally funny for precisely that reason, like Richard Brody’s New Yorker review of A Quiet Place, Krasinski’s directorial debut. Entitled ‘The Silently Regressive Politics of “A Quiet Place,” it took Krasinski to task for smuggling a white supremacist narrative into a fairly standard horror film. “In their enforced silence, these characters are a metaphorical silent—white—majority, one that doesn’t dare to speak freely for fear of being heard by the super-sensitive ears of the dark others,” wrote Brody. So A Quiet Place taps into the fear white people have of being turned on by people of colour for inadvertently saying the wrong thing? I have to confess, when I saw the movie last year, that didn’t occur to me. I just thought it was a fun ghost train ride.
I will allow the writers and producers this much: they probably aren’t aware of Venezuela’s totemic significance for conservatives like me as the latest in a long line of failed socialist experiments. In the UK, we’re in the midst of a General Election in which the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, is an unreconstructed, old school socialist—a bit like Bernie Saunders, but without the energy. As recently as six years ago, Corbyn hailed Hugo Chavez as “an inspiration to us all,” and it’s clear that Corbyn’s policies would have a similar effect on the UK as Chavez’s in Venezuela. When Chávez came to power in 1998, 48 percent of households were living in poverty; in 2017, that figure was 82 percent.
I wasn’t surprised when President Maduro, Chavez’s successor, urged Venezuelans to stave off hunger by eating their pet rabbits. That’s the story of all socialist political projects: They begin with a vision of the universal brotherhood of man and end with people having to eat their own pets.
The half-wits who made season two of Jack Ryan probably aren’t aware of the connection between socialism and Venezuela’s penury and just made the President into a right-winger to take a shot at Trump. I might have been able to get past that if the show had been any better, but it was pure dreck, a liberal version of The A-Team. A step down from season one, which I hadn’t realized was possible. I’m going to switch to season three of The Bureau instead.
Trudeau takes questions from socialists seeking to "abolish capitalism and patriarchy" but not Andrew Lawton
According to Alex Boutilier from the Toronto Star, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took questions from a group called “Socialist Action”.
According to the group’s website: “Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action
Recently, the Liberals have blocked journalist Andrew Lawton from True North from reporting on their campaign events, despite the organization being a registered charity and Lawton having received accreditation in the past.
The Trudeau campaign even went so far as calling the police on Lawton and having him escorted out of a venue.
As pointed out by Lawton, one of the group’s main political program is to abolish capitalism and patriarchal institutions.
Socialist Action describes itself as a political action organization, not predominantly a media outlet. This is one of its goals. pic.twitter.com/tUTBfbLZvz— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) September 30, 2019
This is not the first time that the Liberals have sought to limit media access to events.
In one case the Liberals sought to prohibit both Andrew Lawton and Rebel Media’s Sheila Gunn Reid from a press conference with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland at a media freedom summit in the U.K. However, other members of the media refused to attend if the two were not allowed entry, which they eventually were.
According to a poll conducted by Forum, 58 percent of Canadians have a positive view of Socialism, while around 40 percent have a negative view.
In the United States, by contrast, 43 percent of Americans hold a positive view of Socialism according to Gallup.
The poll conducted by Forum surveyed 1,733 Canadians.
According to the Toronto Star, those most favourable towards the ideology were mostly between the ages of 18-44, women, highly educated, earning between $40,000 to $80,000, and living in the Atlantic Provinces.
By contrast, those who held negative views were mostly 45 and older, men, poorly educated, lowest earners, people earning between $80,000 to $100,000, and residents of Alberta.
NDP voters had the highest favorability towards Socialism, along with the Liberals while Conservatives were the most unwelcoming towards the idea.
Surprisingly, 58 percent of Canadians also hold positive opinions about Capitalism, while those that despise it poll at around a staggering 40%. In the US, this number stands at 67 percent and 33 percent respectively.
Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said that overall, Canadian voters hold a positive view of both socialism and capitalism, but see s
“Both Canadians and Americans alike see capitalism favourably,” he said. “While Canadian support for socialism and capitalism are divided along party lines, it is not nearly as drastic as shown in the United States.”
The results also don’t come as much of a surprise as former Socialist politician and NDP leader Tommy Douglas has previously been crowned the “Greatest Canadian” ever.
With US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calling himself a “Democratic Socialist,” the term “socialism” has become ill-defined as of recently.
Many experts suggest that Bernie is, in fact, a social democrat (supporters of capitalism with strong unions and welfare nets) and not a democratic socialist (supporters of democratic control over the means of production in a non-capitalist economic framework).
The term “socialism” has taken America by storm as Bernie calls his social democratic policies “democratic socialism” and Republicans further extrapolate this term to the problems with countries like Venezuela.
Democrats such as John Hickenlooper and John Delaney ran for the Democratic nomination against Bernie Sanders and others. Hickenlooper has dropped out to pursue a Senate seat instead.