In a new video, Ami Horowitz hits the streets to find out what’s rattling around in the younger generation’s collective mind on the hot button millennial topics of income inequality and socialism — particularly, the socialist utopia Venezuela, which is experiencing economic collapse, prompting crisis-level food shortages and the eruption of violence on the streets.
Horowitz ended up finding what anyone paying any attention to the Democratic presidential primary last year will not be surprised to learn: the generation which adores “Democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders hates income inequality so much that they’d be glad to stand in Venezuelan-style food lines so others could have as little as them.
Horowitz begins with the general question of "how important is income equality for you?"
"It’s extremely important," says one girl.
"Pretty important — I work for the working families," says a guy with a beard and a bandana.
"100%. I think that it’s really important and something that has to be taken care of," says another young lady.
"It’s really important, of course," says one young social-minded woman, who’s almost insulted by the question. "Right, it seems like a trick question," her friend adds.
One millennial guy in glasses waxes poetical on the issue: "Income inequality is definitely one of those issues from which everything else sort of stems off of. ... Other issues will perpetuate it — when you want to talk about climate change, and that sort of thing ..."
Horowitz then asks the interviewees, all of whom no doubt are "still feeling the Bern," if they think that we should model ourselves on another country that promises "income equality": Venezuela, which, he explains, is in the midst of an economic death spiral to the point where it is experiencing dire food shortages and frequent violence between citizens and police forces. Despite the hellish reality of Venezuela’s failed socialist state, all of his interviewees still thought Venezuela’s day-long food lines would be preferable to the United States’ selfish, "undignified" capitalistic system.
“Even though there’s some downside, there’s some violence there and some food lines," Horowitz says to bandana guy, "but still everyone has to do the same thing — they wait in line equally."
Though the young man appears to be quite knowledgeable about Venezuela, nodding and agreeing with Horowitz' description of its crisis situation, he still agrees with Horowitz that it’s better to "wait in line equally."
"That is, I think, a fair system," says Horowitz.
"I agree," says bandana guy emphatically.
Interviewee after interviewee agrees that modeling ourselves after Venezuela is a great idea because America is just too unfair and "undignified."
"If you gotta wait in line for stuff, we should all wait in line together," says Horowitz.
"Right," says one student. "Essentially," says another.
"A lot like the rest of the world, which is a lot more dignified than us," says one young woman, who has clearly internalized exactly what her Multiculturalism class was designed to teach her.
An October 2016 survey by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation found that 45% of millennials would vote for an open socialist and 21% said they would vote for a communist. A majority, 53%, said that capitalism "works against me." Nearly a third, 32%, thought George W. Bush was responsible for the deaths of more people than Josef Stalin, while only a quarter of them “knew that communism is responsible for the slaughter of over 100 million people." That's liberal education at work.
As for Venezuela, if you haven't been following the tragedy playing out there, here's The Washington Post's urgent call from this summer for people to realize that "Venezuela's hunger crisis is for real," and here's CNN Money's explanation of "how a rich country collapsed." Finally, here's The Daily Wire's Michael Qazvini recent piece on the ways socialism destroyed the country.