By Kara Johnson
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” - George Santayana
When we look at history, we see the rise and fall of nations, and we often think that what we’ve seen happen in the past will never happen to us. But over the last couple of decades, it is evident that so many out there do not know history or don’t even bother to remember it. It’s the ignorance of history that gives socialism its appeal and why it repeats itself so often. We’ve seen it play out in history, and in some cases, we see it play it today, and it will continue to if we aren’t careful.
Why do so many young people ignore or forget history, to begin with? Misinformation. There is so much false information going around nowadays, starting with the ideologies of socialism and communism. If we look at history, we learn that socialism has slaughtered hundreds and millions of people to prove it’s the better way for a nation. 1 But the truth is, socialism has never worked, and it won’t work now. This socioeconomic structure doesn’t care about the cost of human lives. It is not for the betterment of society, and we can see that by looking at countries like China and Cuba. If it’s been proven time and time again that socialism takes lives, then why is it appealing to the younger generation? Have they forgotten what the terms ‘socialism’ and ‘communism’ actually mean?
Over the past century, the American education system has morphed from classical education that taught essential things such as mathematics, English, and all the crucial elements of history to a system that dodges the horrors of socialism and communism and makes them look appealing. 2 Are these terms even taught correctly anymore? When history is ignored, especially in the education system, history is bound to repeat itself. We don’t learn about the horrors of socialism anymore in America but instead are brainwashed into believing the theoretical benefits of a socialist nation. 3 And even when the horrible realities are researched or when one brings up the history of Stalin, several push back and say “well, that’s not real socialism’ and ‘we will do socialism a lot better than they did.’ 4 But that is the furthest thing from the truth, and if we don’t start paying attention and learning more about the horrific realities of what socialism can do to a nation, it will be too late. Because the result of this socioeconomic structure always ends in totalitarianism dictatorships in one form or another. 5
The younger generation doesn’t remember history, and when we don’t remember it, it’s bound to repeat itself, and it will. The ideology of socialism might sound good in theory. Still, history and reality tell us that socialist, over time, has revealed the slaughtering of millions of lives and the brutality of tyrannical actions. We have to be careful, and we have to remember our history. If we don’t, who knows, we might end up like communist China. Let’s hope; for the sake of our country, it doesn’t get that bad.
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Kara Johnson finished her Bachelor's degree in Communications at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane in 2014. Since then, she has become a firm defender of truth, faith, capitalism, and patriotism. Her fight for American policies is evident throughout her writing and online presence. She is a contributing writer for The Rogue Review and The Human Defense Initiative, while also working to consistently update her personal blog Black Coffee At Midnight about faith, issues, and life's journey.