An old menace is the hot new millennial trend

An old menace is the hot new millennial trend, by Jazz Shaw.

The Democratic Socialists of America [is] the nation’s fastest growing leftist group. [It] was originally founded in 1982 as a foothold for Marxists …

Only two years ago the DSA had barely 6,000 registered members. Today they boast more than 30K. Yes, that’s still a relative drop in the bucket when you consider the size of our nation …

Perhaps even more alarming is the statistic cited by the AP showing that the median age of DSA members has abruptly plunged from 60 to 35. Once a refuge for elderly hippies, socialism is now “cool” among millennials, largely spurred by the near-success of Bernie Sanders last year. While they may not have achieved success at the national level… yet… they’re winning local races. And local races are where the real action is in terms of building an authentic grassroots movement.

We might write this off as yet another case of people forgetting history and being doomed to repeat it, but the world is delivering plenty of reminders. Yes, it’s been roughly 170 years since Karl Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto, and even longer since the more recognizable carnage of modern socialism during the French Revolution. But there have been so many more examples since then. And even for millennials, we’re not talking about the days of their parents or grandparents. It’s happening in Venezuela right this moment.

People suffering under the socialist yoke under Nicolas Maduro are starving the streets, being brutally beaten down by federal militias and resorting to eating zoo animals just to survive. And this isn’t some glitch in the program or a one-off event. This is how socialism always ends, sooner or later. And now we have a generation of Americans who are either unaware of these historical events or are willfully blind to them, choosing to play around with the concept here in the home of modern democracy. It’s like watching a child drag a stick of dynamite out of the back shed.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Stephen Neil