Leftist indoctrination of the young

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from The Gray Area:

What concerns me about this article is that he is serious and the media is giving him air time to espouse it. These are bad ideas that have consistently failed, but results don’t matter to the lunatic left, only passing around failed ideology to the uniformed as viable.

from CNBC,

For Jesse Myerson, it’s simple: Take all the stuff that private enterprise has accumulated, give it away to those who have less, and everyone will be happy.

Well, not really everyone.

Ever since Myerson’s “Five economic reforms millennials should be fighting for” hit Rolling Stone last week, he’s been the target of some severe conservative rejoinders, reminding him that this is, after all, a free society called the United States of America.

Myerson’s reforms are: guaranteed work for everyone; a taxpayer-subsidized “universal basic income” combined with a job guarantee; taking back land from private owners; “make everything owned by everybody,” which would see government buy up assets from private holders; and establish public government-run banks in every state.

Myerson will be discussing his ideas Tuesday afternoon on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

While the proposals may sound unique in some sense, UCLA professor Stephen Bainbridge said they’ve been tried—unsuccessfully—before: “It was called the Soviet Union.”

“The bottom line is that Myerson is recycling (without attribution to their originators) tired old ideas that have been advanced by socialist utopians since the middle of the 19th Century. Look around,” Bainbridge wrote in his Professor Bainbridge blog. “Where are these socialist utopias?”

Conservative pundit Jonah Goldberg found the essay and its aftermath amusing.

“After confirming it wasn’t a parody, conservative critics launched a brutal assault on its author, Jesse A. Myerson,” Goldberg wrote in a column published Tuesday. “Myerson’s essay captures nearly everything the unconverted despise about left-wing youth culture, starting with the assumption that being authentically young requires being theatrically left wing.”

Dylan Matthews at Wonkblog, though, was willing to cut Myerson some slack, saying the proposals weren’t so unlike some things that already are in effect.

“Frame the policies a bit differently and it sounds almost like a conservative wish list,” Matthews wrote.

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