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OP-ED: Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel say young people flock to socialism because “our current system isn’t working” for them

On Thursday, Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, fellow co-founder, published an op-ed for the site, saying that young people leaning towards socialism is not a surprise since “our current system isn’t working” for them.

“You may be happy with the state of the U.S. economy, but many young people aren’t,” their post said. “You often hear it said that young people support socialism because they’ve been brainwashed by their professors. There’s some truth to that, of course, but it’s not the main problem. The main problem — the reason capitalism is increasingly discredited and socialism increasingly popular — is that for too many young people, our current system isn’t working.”

They continued that young Americans keep getting lectured by older generations that if they want to succeed, they have to go to college. However, when the time comes for young people to buy a home and start a family, they can’t because they are loaded with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, if not more.

“Keep in mind, college debt isn’t like ordinary debt. Thanks to a well-funded lobbying campaign, student loans can’t be erased by bankruptcy. They last forever. Many of today’s college freshmen can expect to spend their working lives paying interest on loans that, in the end, didn’t help them at all,” Carlson and Patel noted.

“No wonder young people aren’t getting married, buying homes or having children. They can’t afford to. No wonder so many support Bernie Sanders. If this is capitalism, they don’t want any part of it.”

The two co-founders finished by noting that the “crushing financial burden” needs to be removed from “the shoulders of middle-class families and 22-year-olds and back onto the people who’ve gotten rich from it.”

“That’s an idea every sensible person can support. And there’s a political payoff for any politician wise enough to adopt it.”

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