- Throughout the West, youth increasingly support “democratic socialism”
- Cultural and economic shifts are fueling this sentiment
- Whenever socialism gains popularity, the trend follows a certain pattern
- Socialism has always ended in failure; some think it might be different this time
Poll after poll shows socialist ideas are gaining ground among millennials – the generation of people born roughly between the early 1980s and early 2000s. In the United States, membership of the Democratic Socialists of America party is increasing, while self-proclaimed democratic socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become something of a rock star. In France’s 2017 presidential election, half of young people voted for candidates from the two quasi-socialist parties: Marine Le Pen’s National Rally and Jean-Luc Melenchon’s France Insoumise. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is clear that socialism is enjoying a comeback among the youth. Why?