This is concerning. According to new research from the Centre for Independent Studies, younger generations, some of whom appear to be historically illiterate, have a favourable and romanticised opinion of socialism.
If this research is accurate, most Australian Millennials have a poor awareness
of some of socialism’s most infamous historical
figures Of those polled, more than
half (51%) didn’t know who Chinese communist
revolutionary Mao Zedong was. Only 21% were
familiar with him. Not only was Mao perhaps the most
important leader in Asia in the past century, he was
also responsible for between 37-45 million deaths
during the famine associated with his Great Leap
Forward and Cultural Revolution. 42% of Australian Millennials weren’t aware
at all of Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik revolutionary,
father of modern communism and the first leader of the Soviet Union. While more people (34%) were
familiar with Joseph Stalin, Lenin's successor, who was responsible for the deaths of up to 43 million
people, approximately two-thirds either didn’t know
him or were not familiar with his bloody history.
This causes me despair. As George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."