How Did Socialism Become So Popular in America?
America is a nation “conceived in liberty”—like no other nation in history! For hundreds of years, people from all over the world have come here for freedom: religious freedom, economic freedom, freedom of opportunity.
But something is destroying America’s unique liberty.
How is it that more and more Americans—especially younger Americans—are embracing socialism and communism? These ideologies are very different from those established by America’s founders. They are economic and political models that make this nation more and more like other nations—in Europe and elsewhere—and less and less like America.
Well the reason is remarkable.
During the Cold War, there was a lot of fear in America about the spread of communism. Now, most Americans today have come to think that threat was overblown. But just look at how widespread and mainstream socialist ideas have become in America today.
In the 2016 presidential campaign, an open socialist almost won the Democratic Party nomination! If Americans under the age of 30 were the only ones who voted, this man would now be president of the United States. His radical plans to multiply the power and size of government are still extremely popular. More and more Americans want the national government to run health care and other major sectors of the economy.
This is a huge change in our nation’s thinking—and it has happened pretty quickly!
Is it possible all that concern over Communist infiltration might have been justified? This might sound like a kooky conspiracy theory—but you don’t have to look hard to find evidence that communism is influencing America today! The political left is actually pretty open in advocating Communist policies!
When you look at the leaders in the Democratic Party today, they got their education from universities that were heavily influenced by Communist thinkers. In 1970, there was actually a kgb agent who defected from the Soviet Union—and he exposed in detail a plot by the Soviet Union to wage a stealth attack against the United States. He talked about ideological subversion, mostly aimed at American schools. Specific methods included infiltrating universities with radical leftists, and establishing newspapers staffed by Communists.
That’s not a conspiracy theory: Go ask the average college professor if he is a socialist or a Marxist, and chances are, he or she will tell you, “Yes, I am.”
The Communist Party U.S.A. enlisted the support of thousands of sympathetic professors. Documents from Soviet archives reveal that even after the Soviet Union collapsed, the Communist Party U.S.A. received 2 to 3 million dollars a year from the Kremlin. Former U.S. President Barack Obama was influenced as a youth by Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying Communist Party member, a man who openly supported Joseph Stalin, and who said the world’s greatest threat was “Anglo-American imperialist domination.” Mr. Obama wrote in his biography that he attended socialist conferences and hung out with Marxist professors.
There is a lot of evidence exposing the Communists’ deliberate effort to get inside the Democratic Party. Like Paul Kengor wrote, they wanted to transform it “from the party of Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy to the party of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.”
A book published in 2015 titled The Real Watergate Scandal documents how President Richard Nixon worked to prevent this from happening. He was part of the effort to convict Alger Hiss, a Communist spy who worked in the U.S. State Department. For that, Nixon became a target among those on the radical left. History shows that the way Nixon was prosecuted involved law-breaking and lawlessness far more scandalous than what he himself had to resign the presidency over.
But today, the dominant message, especially among younger Americans, is to hate what Nixon or even Truman or even Madison or Washington stood for—and to embrace the enlightened principles of Obama, Sanders, Davis, Engels and Marx.
Americans today are not living in the nation of our Founding Fathers, or even of our own fathers. The ideas that many Americans are embracing are more radical than a lot of people realize.
And we didn’t arrive at this moment just spontaneously coming to recognize the wisdom in socialist and Communist thinking.
The fact that these ideas have become so popular is the result of a deliberate and amazingly successful strategy—that was aimed at bringing down “the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”
If you want to learn more about this subject, you can read about it in “The Origins of America’s Dangerous Turn Left”—Chapter 2 of Great Again, by Gerald Flurry. Click here for a free copy.