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.
Wide communication and knowledge of what other people have may be an underrated driver. Think of TV shows and movies where the "typical middle-class families" had houses and cars that were more upper-middle. Well I don't have that, and I'm a regular person. Something must be wrong.We believe that America or the world is what the film tells us, and our neighborhoods don't look that good. I and my people must be getting a raw deal. It looks attractive when other people seem to be prospering in ways that you do not understand, don't seem fair, or don't seem valuable. The free market operates at all times, but it is easily disguised or hampered so that its power may not be obvious in the short term. It can be gamed in the short term, so that its results look even more infuriating (or unreal, depending on your point of view). People want to either feed off it or destroy it to make the world seem more "fair" in their eyes.
Assistant Village Idiot
Something for nothing: As Admiral Akbar said, "It's a TRAP!"
It's really about removing risk from life. Socialists promise you won't have to worry about your job, house, health insurance or education. For many people it is just as attractive as opium! The consequences that risk free stuff is very expensive so each person gets less in terms of salary, homes, and medical care is hidden carefully.
My younger engineers with big student loan debt are really receptive to promises to forgive that debt. When I point out that others who paid these off already and those that didn't go to college would go nuts, I get this "gee, I never thought of that" look.
On top of that add a layer of everybody gets a trophy day and you get a generation conditioned to believe that it's not fair that the kid who majored in petroleum engineering get's a bigger cake than the kid who majored in undecided studies and managed to rack up the same level of student debt.
Another Guy named Dan
Also, it's most popular with Millennials, who have been cradled and babied thoughout their lives by abundant helicoptering parental units.
And, face it, the family is the Perfected Socialism: You get what you need (and probably more) without question if the need lies within the family's ability to provide it.
That's normal up to some age. But by the time a kid is in middle school if not sooner, he/she needs to start learning that the world does not provide as the family does — and never can.
That lesson never gets learned, and so these Newbs come out of universities, massively indoctrinated and with completely unrealistic expectations of the world.
Of course, they want socialism — that's all they know.
Present it as "free" and people will usually perk up immediately.
Present as a cost and they'll pay less attention.
Tell them it's free to some, but will be paid for by the most productive among them, and they'll stop being productive.
Raise a generation of people who are generally unable to associate their actions with consequences - and you have a willing audience.
The methods of adoption and desire are the same, regardless of generation.
Every time I mention health care, people say "free care in other nations works." No it doesn't. What you SEE SEEMS to work. What you don't see...well, that's entirely different.
At the end of the day, Ivanka was correct. People don't want things handed to them. Certainly not things which are associated with developing self-esteem (jobs, education, homes - anything you need to develop a sense of pride and responsibility for). People WILL TAKE things, if they are offered (Trevor Noah is right, the SWAG bags in Hollywood are a free-for-all, but that says more about the entitled nature of Hollywood nitwits than it does about the average person.)
But once you start handing things to people...the cat's out of the bag, incentives are lost, there starts to be a misalignment between expectations and desires.
do you think the forty year colonization of the united states by the political left could have anything to do with the rise of socialism? why do you think the political left have been colonizing the united states, to bring people here that believe in capitalism?