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The Canadian Broadcast Corporation, a state funded entity akin to PBS, recently did a radio episode that gave Marxism a positive spin.

Three scholars were invited to talk about Marxism’s enduring relevance and why its principles are still valid in present times.

Martin Hagglund, a philosophy and literature professor at Yale University contends that capitalism keeps people from making decisions that actually create value and meaning.

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“What distinguishes us from other animals is not just that we have free time to play around like other animals do, but we also have the capacity to ask ourselves what is worth doing with our free time and what we ought to do with it. It’s unintelligible that your decisions are free and that you’re leading a free life unless you can ask yourself that question,” Hagglund asserted.

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In this piece, there was also discussion of ownership of time. In writer Malcom Harris’s view, this is the privilege that only the rich can enjoy.  Harris argues that millennials have inherited a world where living one’s life on their own terms is only a fantasy available to the most privileged of society. The writer argues that millennials are “poorer, in greater debt, and more medicated than their parents or grandparents.”

In one of his books, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, Harris contends that when “millennials express any kind of expectation that life ought to offer greater meaning, they are derided as being spoiled and entitled.”

Harris adds, “For young people to say we want to live in a world that is tending toward meaning, that reduces the drudgery that people have to experience, that reduces the exploitation that people have to experience so that more of us can do rewarding things with our lives — I’m not sure what a better claim could be. That’s supposed to be what this is all about.”

The writer claims that younger people are looking for a connection to history, that goes beyond their daily lives. According to Harris, “that connection is elusive, obscured by a deep sense of alienation from themselves and those around them.”

Terrell Carver, a professor of political theory at Bristol University, asserts that the conditions of alienation and lack of meaning that have come about as a result of late capitalism are similar to the conditions that Marx faced in the 1840s.

“I think there’s much more historical overlap than people realize. I think this also has to do with new and revolutionary technologies because the 1840s, like today, was really quite revolutionary in terms of technology. The Industrial Revolution was getting underway. Also: the themes of pollution and exploitation and migration.”

Even with the collapse of the Soviet Union and present-day socialist failures in Cuba and Venezuela, socialism’s appeal continues to remain strong among the youth.

BLP reported that record numbers of Americans approve of socialism. The continued relevance of politicians like Bernie Sanders and the meteoric rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may explain why these ideas are so in vogue these days.

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POLL: Hispanics Support Big Government Across The Board

Even Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of the Average Republican

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Pew Research released some interesting statistics highlighting Latino voters’ views on national political problems based on a survey they conducted on Latino adults this past December.

Record numbers of Latinos — 32 million — will be voting in the 2020 general election. This exceeds the number of eligible black voters for the first time in history.

According to the results, the majority of Hispanic voters favor more government involvement on issues ranging from minimum wage to gun control.

62 percent of registered voters identify or lean toward the Democrat Party, whereas 34 percent connect with or lean in the direction of the Republican Party.

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Several key findings stood out:

Most Hispanic voters (71%) say the government should do more to solve problems, while 27% say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.

The findings by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Abby Budiman revealed that 82 percent of Hispanics who identify with or lean Democrat “say the government should do more to solve problems, compared with 51% of those who affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.”

As far as minimum wage is concerned, the three authors found some interesting results

On the minimum wage, a large majority of Hispanic voters (79%) say they favor raising it to $15 an hour, including more than half (56%) who say they strongly favor this change. Majorities in both parties favor raising the minimum wage, though Hispanic Democrats are much more likely than Hispanic Republicans to do so (88% vs. 62%, respectively).

The same Hispanic support for big government held true for healthcare which the authors noted below:

Hispanic voters generally believe the U.S. government should play a role in providing health care to Americans. About seven-in-ten (71%) say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 38% who favor a national health insurance system and 32% who prefer a mix of private and government health care coverage. Around a quarter (28%) say it is not the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, though most in this group say they prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.

When broken down across partisan lines, there were some key differences between Hispanics Democrats and Hispanic Republicans:

Hispanic Democrats and Republicans have different views on the role government should play in providing health coverage. About eight-in-ten Hispanic Democratic voters (84%) say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure Americans have health care, with 49% supporting a national health insurance system. Meanwhile, about half (51%) of Hispanic Republican voters say it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure universal coverage, though most in this group prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.

Interestingly, Hispanic Republicans were considerably to the Left of the average Republican voter on healthcare. 24 percent of Republican voters believe that the government should be responsible for guaranteeing healthcare coverage.

For gun control, there was also a noticeable Hispanic majority in favor of stricter gun laws:

“Around seven-in-ten Hispanic voters (68%) say gun laws should be stricter than they are today, while 24% say current gun laws are about right. Only 7% say gun laws should be less strict. The survey was conducted several months after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, involving a suspect who said he targeted Mexicans.”

Similarly, there was a sharp partisan gap on gun control among Hispanics:

Among Hispanic Democratic voters, 80% say gun laws should be stricter. Hispanic Republican voters are more evenly divided, with 44% saying gun laws should be stricter and 42% saying gun laws are about right.

In the Republican case, Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of Republican voters on gun control. Only 27 percent of Republican voters want stricter gun laws.

All things considered, continued mass migration will not only ensure eventual Democrat Party domination in the near future, but also a more leftist Republican opposition that now has a big government faction within its ranks.

Graphics from the study can be referenced below:

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