The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the advocacy for socialism and communism by many young Americans. The Soviet Union fell thirty years ago on December 26, 1991. However, “millions of people across the globe still live under oppressive, totalitarian regimes in countries like Cuba and China.”
Brenda Hafers, a senior policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, says that young people advocate “for communism and socialism because they aren’t familiar with the history of communist nations.” In their podcast on December 16, 2021, Virginia Allen and Lauren Evans compared conditions under communism and socialism to a picture painted by C.S. Lewis’s classic work, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Check out the podcast at this site.
In his classic work “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” C.S. Lewis paints a picture of Narnia under the rule of the White Witch as a place where it is “always winter, but never Christmas.” Lewis used the imagery to describe the world under the influence of sin and death, and the analogy also proves a fitting description for nations struggling under communist rule.
Anyone who has read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” can understand the description given by Allen and Evans. The inhabitants of Narnia lived miserable lives for more than one hundred years, while under the control of the White Witch.
Young people are not familiar with the problems caused by socialism and communism because they are not taught the truth about life under communism. Socialism is one step on the road to communism, and it is the exact opposite of the free enterprise system in the United States. Advocates for socialism claim that everyone is equal under socialism, and they never tell the truth that only the people in charge prosper under socialism and everyone else is equally miserable.
If the young people could think clearly, they would realize that no one is fighting to get out of America to live in Cuba, but many people want to leave Cuba to live in America.. Communism has killed more than one million people. No one who has lived under communism and escaped to freedom would ever go back voluntarily.
Why do young Americans want to turn America into a socialist country? Capitalism has winners and losers depending on their abilities and willingness to work for success. However, socialism and communism have lots of losers and few winners. Allen suggested in the podcast to talk to anyone who has actually lived under communism to learn the truth.