Is socialism on the rise?

A few years ago, New York magazine posed the question: “When Did Everyone Become a Socialist?”

This is, of course, an exaggeration. But it makes clear that the far-Left in America aims to bring about a “Great Reset” of our economy and our way of life.

In a recent issue of Imprimis—Hillsdale College’s digest of liberty—author Michael Rectenwald described the economic goal of the Great Reset as “‘capitalism with Chinese characteristics’—a two-tiered economy, with profitable monopolies and the state on top and socialism for the majority below.”

Today, as a supporter of liberty, you can help Hillsdale College understand the extent of support for—and opposition to—socialism.

Your input will help us develop the most effective strategy to fight for the future of liberty in our country.

Will you please share your views on the political, social, and cultural forces promoting socialism in our country by completing your National Survey on Socialism using the secure link below?


Do you believe politicians who encourage young people to embrace socialism are doing a disservice to the country?



Sadly, socialism is becoming increasingly popular, especially among the young. You may be aware of a SHOCKING survey showing that…

. . . during the COVID-19 pandemic, support for socialism among those 16 to 23 years old jumped to 49 percent, and socialism also increased in popularity among all ages. 

Why is this?

Draconian government lockdown measures destroyed businesses and eliminated competitors of corporate monopolists. These policies were a dream come true for corporate socialists.

At the same time, too many young Americans have not been taught what socialism really means. Or the dismal history of its failures wherever it has been tried.

This is a result of the far-Left’s “long march through the institutions”—including colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and the media.

Marxist-inspired critical race theory is a prime example. Once confined to the classrooms of far-Left professors, critical race theory has infiltrated every level of government, as well as school boards and even the military.

But it is in our schools where the effects of critical race theory—which teaches young Americans to categorize their fellow citizens according to race—are most dangerous.

You may recall that many young Americans with college degrees who championed socialist policies participated in the riots and violence we witnessed in the summer of 2020.

In the face of well-financed and widespread efforts to destroy free markets and individual liberty, Hillsdale’s work to reach and teach millions has never been more urgently needed.

That’s why I need your thoughts quickly. 

By responding to the National Survey on Socialism in the next five daysyour honest opinions will help us understand the recent rise of socialism and develop our strategy to reach and teach increasing millions of Americans on behalf of liberty.

We hope to hear from friends representing every part of the country.

Education is the surest way to turn back this dangerous trend. And your partnership with Hillsdale College is critical.

As Winston Churchill said, “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”

If you agree, please represent your state and take the National Survey on Socialism today.


Despite the recent successes of the far-Left, we must remember—it is NEVER too late to defend liberty through education.

Warm regards,


Larry P. Arnn

President, Hillsdale College

Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty Since 1844

February 3, 2023

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