This essay is authored by Blake Kristopher Kraussel. It is reprinted in its entirety by permission from THE INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW, a publication of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Everyone knows that the American university is dominated by leftist ideologies, but the most potent is Marxist thought, which is undoubtedly making a comeback in popularity. But to advocate for Marxism to is to fully embrace cognitive dissonance. You would have to ignore the millions of lives that were lost under Marxist regimes, the incomprehensible poverty that Marxist policies created, and the lack of freedom that individuals in Marxist societies experienced.
The first reason collegiates are embracing Marxist ideals is because we young people are generally attracted to idealism. Radical Muslim jihadists, hippies committed to communitarianism, and utopian socialists are all examples of groups made up of young people seeking an extreme ideal that is far removed from reality. Living a radically idealistic life offers you the false perception that you are making a difference and your life has meaning in a time when you are seeking purpose.
Finally, current events have produced a society susceptible to fall victim to Marxism. Income inequality is striking, racial tensions are higher than they have been in 25 years, and an increasing number of individuals think they are entitled to government services.