Are millennials skipping history class?

Are millennials skipping history class?

Coauthored by Shanna Nelson, Business Contributor &
Danielle Cullum, Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor


A new study done by The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation released on Monday, shows that only 37 percent of millennials have an unfavorable view of communism, while 21 percent would actually vote for a communist. Among the statistics found, only 42 percent viewed capitalism favorably. According to Daily Signal,

When millennial respondents were asked about their familiarity with various historical communist figures, 42 percent were unfamiliar with Mao Zedong, 40 percent with Che Guevara, and 33 percent with Vladimir Lenin—three notorious figures in communist regimes. Among millennials familiar with Lenin, 25 percent viewed him favorably.

70% of Americans of any age wrongly think that more people were killed under Hitler than under Stalin, and 75% underestimate the number of people killed under communist regimes, which is more than 100 million. Additionally, a lack of historical knowledge was very prominent, showing that 32 percent of millennials think that more people died under George W. Bush than under Joseph Stalin.

This is obviously not the case, as one was a reasonable freedom-protecting American president, and the other was an authoritarian Russian dictator. Apparently the majority of millennials have a warped perception of history, feeling the need to demonize someone because they disagree with them, all the while idolizing an actual murderous dictator. The democratic socialist movement has perpetuated an acceptance of communism that is dangerous to society. All we need is someone like Bernie Sanders to get the ball rolling, and with enough ignorance and apathy we start moving closer to this idea set as a nation. Somehow, many millennials are okay with turning a blind eye to the hundred million people killed by communism just because they don’t think rich people pay their fair share in taxes and they want to attend college for “free.”

The inaccurate view of history and current events continues. This video produced by Turning Point USA shows students willingly signing a petition to END women’s suffrage. Yes, you read that right. Another video produced by Independent Media Analyst Mark Dice exhibits again how millennials are sorely lacking an education in history. Mark tells millennial passersby that Karl Marx is running as as third party candidate in the 2016 election. Many millennials were quick to agree to either support or at least research the policies of Karl Marx, some hearing of him for the first time. Our ill-equipped generation cannot continue down this path.

As Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more that one generation away from extinction” and “it must be fought for, protected, and handed on.” The millennials that are a part of our ever-growing team at The Millennial Review are ready to accept this challenge. We see the need to take action immediately. We’ve set out to enter into the world of ideas as a voice for, and of, conservative millennials. Here at The Millennial Review, we are taking it upon ourselves to change not only the perception of millennials, but to turn the tide on the apathy and misinformation that plagues our generation. We will work to effectively communicate the conservative ideals of capitalism, the free market, and personal responsibility. Our goal is to be a part of maintaining the freedom that Americans have fought so hard to preserve. The promotion of socialism/communism is a step in the wrong direction, and we will do all that we can to ensure this mindset is quickly abandoned by our generation.

You may not have much hope in millennials. And clearly you’re not without reason. The above evidence points to no shortage of problems among our generation. You may think we are a bunch of entitled, lazy, know-it-alls. And that description fits perfectly many in our generation. But, we implore you to please allow us to offer the alternative. Let the team at The Millennial Review be a beacon of hope for you as we fight for the freedoms and values we each hold so dear. We are ready to link arms with those who have been standing in the battle as we fight to secure a better America for our generation, and those to come.

Follow these authors on Twitter @shannadnelson and @daniellecullum

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