There is clearly deep frustration and anger within much of country. Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have rallied it on the right. But they are not suggesting a radical departure from the economics that have raised this country up as the most prosperous nation in the world. Actually, they do not seem to have any articulated strategy, just verbosity.
Democrats following Sanders, on the other hand, are proposing a fundamental break with our market-based economic system. They are proposing a completely different course by promoting socialism.
It is an interesting choice. Socialism is one of those ideas that has great theoretical attractiveness but a record of massive practical failure. The devastation — not just economic but also in terms of human suffering — that has been wrought in the name of the greater good of a socialist system is staggering.
When so many young people express so much enthusiasm for the idea of socialism and want to try it again, you have to wonder if they have ever been taught the history of the twentieth century.
One suspects that the same faculty members who dance in the streets with them for Sanders may be culprits in failing to mention the horrors brought on by socialism in every nation that aggressively embraced it during the last century.