We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Millennials have an external locus of control. They've been helicoptered their whole lives. Never had any chance to learn they can control what happens to them. Came from parents, teachers, professors, religious leaders, etc.
When you have an external locus of control, you are in effect a slave, in the sense of not being permitted agency in ones life. And socialism is for slaves, for the philosophy of failure.
First, what is the best the socialists, in their writings, can offer us? What do the most optimistic of them say? That our subsistence will be guaranteed, while we work; that some of us, the best of us, may earn a surplus above what is actually necessary for our subsistence; and that surplus, like a good child, we may "keep to spend." We may not use it to better our condition, we may not, if a fisherman, buy another boat with it, if a farmer, another field ; we may not invest it, or use it productively ; but we can spend it like the good child, on candy — on something we consume, or waste it, or throw it away.
--Socialism; a speech delivered in Faneuil hall, February 7th, 1903, by Frederic J. Stimson
I saw P.J. speak at Syracuse in 1981. He was hilarious then, and I'm pretty sure he was in the midst of his transformation from Marxist to Libertarian.
He took questions, and answered a very (rude) one from one of my friends with a snarky comeback. Of course, the question was designed to get a snarky comeback, so it's almost as if he was in on the joke - which he always seems to be.
My guess is he transformed because he ran the National Lampoon business for so long, and realized that Marx may have done a great job altering how we review and understand history, but had absolutely NO applications in the real world.
As for Millenials (I have 2 of my own), I agree that if I hear any socialist claptrap from them, they can milk the cows. After all, we paid for their education, so if they think just getting things magically is how life works, they're in for a serious comeuppance.
That said, people in the 17-30 age range have traditionally been the 'movers and shakers' of revolutionary change...not that they have typically gained it. After all, when they engage it, they usually make an utter hash of it.
But from the French Revolution, and the various civil uprisings over the next 80 years in France, as well as the 60s in the US, even the beginnings of the Soviet transformation, students and young people have always careened down the path of socialism/communism because it sounds warm and fuzzy. But it ONLY SOUNDS warm and fuzzy. It's really nasty and painful.
When I saw the pictures of the wealthy white kids who represent Antifa and other silly modern movements for 'change' I flashed back on to the Weather Underground, which was mostly wealthy white kids engaging a (then) modern movement for 'change'.
Is it merely coincidental that these 60s movements aligned with a period during which New York City entered decline for about 15 - 20 years? I can see the same thing happening again...New York is going to get absolutely crushed because of the last 6 months. Viva la Revolucion!
I met PJ at a book signing (don't remember which book). He gave a short talk on his political philosophy (generally in the libertarian camp but they are prone to go overboard: "they want to privatize the sidewalks!" so he considered himself a conservative.
We stood in line for him to sign our books. For whatever reason, I was completely tongue-tied when he asked me what inscription I wanted on my book. He drew a little "Give War a Chance" meme (what I actually wanted).
I think because he is so irreverent and off-the-wall, I was taken aback by what a gentleman he was. He's also very clever!