lost cause or best hope?

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The Nation's Julia Mead explains why Millennials aren't afraid of the S word. She reveals that "I'm 22. I was born in 1994" and talks about "The erasure of socialist ideas from serious political discourse throughout most of my life" where "communism was killed, and along with it went any discussion of socialism and Marxism:"

This was the world of my childhood and adolescence, full of establishment progressives who were aggressively centrist and just as willing as conservatives to privilege the interests of capital over those of labor: think of the reckless expansion of so-called free trade, or the brutal military-industrial complex. For most of my life, I would have been hard-pressed to define capitalism, because in the news and in my textbooks, no other ways of organizing an economy were even acknowledged. I didn't know that there could be an alternative.

She notes that "while Trump has dominated the headlines, there is still plenty of momentum around the socialist ideas that Bernie used to inspire America:"

Our Revolution is working hard to take the fight to the states; there it will be joined by groups like the Working Families Party and the Democratic Socialists of America, whose membership has grown by more than 50 percent since November 8. That's more than 4,000 new members.

"Maybe socialism isn't a lost cause after all," she concludes. "Maybe it's our best hope."

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