Warum die Jungen immer wieder auf “Sozialismus” reinfallen

Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell are well-known free market economists, and they do not look with favor on a disturbing trend among American young people. “In the spring of 2016,” they tell us, “a Harvard survey found that a third of eighteen-to twenty-nine year olds supported socialism. Another survey, from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, reported that millennials supported socialism over any other economic system.” Unfortunately, the young people in question have little idea of the nature of socialism. Lawson and Powell would like to remedy this situation, but they confront a problem. Ordinarily, one would urge students to read Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, Mises’s “Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth,” and similar classic works, in order to understand the basic facts about the free market and socialism, but the millennials are unlikely to do so. One must attract their attention. What can be done?

Lawson and Powell have had the happy idea of presenting elementary economics in a humorous way that will appeal to those “turned off” by serious and sober scholarship. In the latter adjective lies the key to their approach. Both of the authors enjoy drinking beer, and they travel around the world to various socialist countries in pursuit of their beloved beverage, making incisive comments about the economy of each country as they do so. They write in a salty style that will make millennials laugh, though some readers will find it jarring.

For the young, “socialism” means no more than vague ideas about “fairness”, but, the authors note, the term has a precise meaning: weiter hier

2 comments

  1. Falke

    Junge (und auch jede Menge einfach gestrickte Erwachsene) fallen immer wieder auf Heilslehren herein, die ihnen das Paradies auf Erden versprechen, zumindest aber die Überwindung einer aktuellen (tatsächlichen oder herbeigelogenen) “schlimmen” Situation – das galt seinerzeit für den Nationalsozialismus und gilt heute genauso für den Sozialismus (oder eigentlich Kommunismus) und die Klimahysterie.

  2. Mona Rieboldt

    Falke
    Der Nationalsozialismus kam aus Jugendgruppen und war eine Jugendbewegung. (Himmler war erst 30 Jahre, als er seine Verbrechen beging)
    Und bei der Klimasache sind es wieder Jugendliche, die wild geworden, den anderen diktatorisch alles mögliche verbieten wollen, Fleisch, Autos, Fliegen etc.

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