Way to go, conservatives! Always on the cutting edge of losing the information war. Here is Ben Dietderich writing at The Federalist about the socialism makeover:
While conservatives have been busy repudiating outdated communist ideas, the American left has succeeded in selling a new fantasy: the democratic-socialist utopia.
In light of last Tuesday’s 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, conservatives have seized upon the chance to once again condemn supporters of communist ideas. Understandably, many expressed concern over a recent poll that revealed the majority of young Americans would prefer to live in a socialist system rather than a capitalist one.
“Why won’t the nightmare dream of Communism die?” asks a senior writer for The Federalist, Robert Tracinski. The question is a good one. Tracinski is not alone in asking it. National Review, The Weekly Standard, and The Wall Street Journal all asked similar questions this past week. Their arguments all miss a key point: Soviet Union-style communism is not what infatuates young liberal Americans.
The arguments of Ronald Reagan’s time may still ring true, but progressives can’t be bothered to notice. Their new infatuation, in their eyes, is entirely different. It’s new, improved—progressive, to use the perfect word. While conservatives have been busy repudiating outdated communist ideas, the American left has succeeded in selling a new fantasy: the democratic-socialist utopia.
The Left Is Pushing Europe, Not the Soviet Union
It’s a European import, although the Canadians have it too. I know about it because I lived in it for 13 years. It’s not that conservatives are wrong about socialism. The Soviet Union was without a doubt, a horrific world actor. Likewise, the Venezuelan and North Korean people are certainly struggling because of the idiocies of socialist ideology.
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