Matt Walsh, contributor at TheBlaze.com, joined The Glenn Beck Program on Thursday to talk socialism, rabbit holes and apes with guest host Buck Sexton.
"Young people have more favorable --- according to different polls I've seen --- more favorable impressions of socialism than capitalism. Is this sort of just the progressive dream of many decades of controlling education coming to fruition? Is this just public ignorance of history? What's happening here?" Buck asked.
Matt Walsh offered three solid reasons on why socialism resonates with young people today:
I think the first is just stupidity. A lot of people are very, very stupid. We can't forget that.
I think that young people, especially those that are lost and weren't raised, you know, with any kind of moral foundation of any kind, you rebel against things just because they exist and you go for something else just because it's different.
I think the third thing is the saddest reason . . . that we've lost . . . the young generation has lost what I think should be an instinct, to kind of want to go out on your own, make your own way in life, be independent, be free, you know, self-determination. These are things that a lot of people in my generation aren't inclined to.
The progressive left, as we know, have been remarkably effective at delivering their message --- through infusing public education with leftist ideology and, according to Walsh, tying it to the morality of good vs. bad. Conservatives, on the other hand, have failed to make the case that their principles and values are the best way to equal the playing field and help people rise above their circumstances.
To win over younger voters, Walsh believes the conservative right will have to connect on an emotional level, not just a logical one.
"So I think what conservatives have to do is come back and not just explain why capitalism makes people wealthier, but to explain why it's the morally superior arrangement. And this shows that the moral message is what appeals to people more than anything. It speaks right to their heart," Walsh said.
Speaking about reacting on an emotional level, Buck turned the conversation to Hambre the gorilla being shot and killed when a young boy fell into the silverback's enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Walsh's article on TheBlaze --- One Human Is More Important Than A Million Gorillas. And We All Know It. --- brought out a visceral reaction from those who view animal life equal to or above human life. While much of the criticism was somewhat levelheaded, plenty of comments were off the rails.
"I also encountered hundreds of people who flat-out said, 'Look, it's not the ape's fault that the kid fell in there. It's the fault of the parent. It's the fault of the kid, even.' And so, you know, survival of the fittest. The ape is stronger. You shouldn't make the ape pay the price for the stupid decision of the parents of the kids, and that means that the kid dies," Walsh said.
The national outrage, candlelight vigils and wreaths placed by a gorilla statue were ridiculous and over the top for Walsh.
"People die all the time. You don't see this reaction. One hundred twenty-five thousand unborn humans are killed every day in the world --- every day. Fifty million human beings are killed in the womb every year. And there are no monuments."
Why would someone place an animal life over a human? Walsh believes it's directly related to the rabbit hole progressives would find themselves in if they answered one question: Why is human life sacred and special?
"Why is it sacred? You know, I recognize that it must be true. Why is it true? And it must be true because there's some sort of power, some dimension outside of our own, some creative source from which we, you know, derive that value, which is what is explained in the Declaration of Independence. And if that's true, then that means that we have a moral responsibility to treat human life with respect and dignity. But if we have a moral responsibility, then what does that mean? And pretty soon, as progressives travel down this path and they fall down this rabbit hole and they get to the bottom, and they realize they're wrong about literally everything they think," Walsh said.
It's easier for many to accept a twisted worldview than to admit to being wrong.
"They're not willing to confront these questions which may lead them to the conclusion that they're wrong about everything," Walsh said.
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