By Julia Glavas
Hi, my name is Julia Glavas, and I am a 16-year-old high school student born and raised on Long Island, New York. I enjoy writing editorial articles on current political issues such as gun violence, constitutional rights, and, of course, socialism! Although I do not consider myself a conservative, but rather an American libertarian, I am no less motivated in dismantling the cause for socialism in America. I am defaulted towards freedom in all things, including economics. Although I have fortunately never endured the struggles created by socialism, I continually use my platform to educate others that socialism only maximizes what it intends to destroy: poverty and economic inequality.
Despite such universal failure throughout the nineteenth century, socialism has gained significant popularity among our youth due to misinformation and the idea of “democratic socialism;” what I see as the same end through different means. I am an unapologetic capitalist, but I’m consistently surrounded by my high school peers praising democratic socialists like AOC or Bernie Sanders, whose enthusiasm in a defective system is uncanny. As someone who generally doesn’t conform to my generation’s views, I’ve unfortunately had to teach myself to keep my mouth shut for the sake of friendships and being likable in general. However, the argument for implementing socialism is a topic I will never stay silent on.
Public schools have failed us, and we must continue to educate ourselves and others, as social media continues to encourage a socialist mindset. We must normalize open, constructive dialogue that doesn’t end in senseless arguments and always remain open-minded to new ideas. I’m so excited to be a part of the YAAS team alongside people who share the same goal as myself: educating that socialist promises won’t lead to better futures.
Julia Glavas was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She is currently a sixteen-year-old student at Smithtown High School West. Striving for a degree in political science, she frequently writes political editorials for her school's newspaper and website.