The video above is from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation(VOC), whose stated mission is to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism. It was established by an Act of Congress to build a memorial in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism. The video provides some highlights (maybe “low-lights” is more accurate) of its first “Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Towards Socialism,” which was released yesterday. The survey showed a distinct generation gap regarding beliefs about socialism and communism between older and younger Americans.
From the organization’s press release:
“One of the concerns the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has had since its establishment is that an emerging generation of Americans have little understanding of the collectivist system and its dark history,” said Marion Smith, executive director of the organization. “Unfortunately, this report, which we intend to release on an annual basis, confirms this worrisome impression. It clearly reveals a need for educating our youth on the dangerous implications of socialist ideals. We will continue to work with educators to build curriculum to address this important need.”
Here are a few of the report’s pretty depressing findings (see above video for more):
- Approximately one in four Americans (26%) – and one-third of millennials (32%) — believe more people were killed under George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin;
- A vast majority (75%) underestimate the number of people killed by Communist regimes (more than 100 million);
- Roughly half of millennials (55%) believe Communism was and still is a problem – compared with 80% of Baby Boomers and 91% of elderly Americans;
- Nearly half of Generation Z, the cohort following the Millennials, say they would vote for a socialist; 1 in 5 say they would vote for a communist;
- 64% of elderly Americans (age 65+) held a favorable view of capitalism versus only 42% of millennials;
- Younger Americans were far less likely to agree with the ideas of capitalist Milton Friedman (Gen Z: 55%; millennials: 58%) than they were Bernie Sanders (Gen Z: 71%; millennials: 71%).
The VOC also has a “Witness Project” to help keep an accurate memory of communist crimes with a series of videos featuring survivors of communism who tell their personal stories. Two of those videos are featured below and you’ll find more here.