A new video, released by pundit Ami Horowitz, interviewed New York millennials about income inequality—and found, jarringly, that many of the people he spoke to believed the United States should be more like Venezuela.
Venezuela, of course, has made international headlines for months—as the former richest nation in South America dealt with a massive economic collapse, rampant food shortages, street violence, and the creeping threat of dictatorship.
Horowitz started his interviews by asking people on the street: “How important is income inequality for you?”
“Extremely important,” said one woman.
“Income inequality is one of those issues from which everything else sort of stems off of,” said another. “Other issues will perpetuate it.”
It was an innocuous enough question. But then Horowitz explained to them the situation in Venezuela: how people faced day-long lines for basic necessities, and were suffering from an uptick in poverty and malnutrition. He added that, despite Venezuela’s shortcomings, they were one of the most “income equal” nations on the planet.
To New York millennials, well, they seemed to agree that was still better than living under capitalism in the United States—one of the richest nations on the planet.
One person interviewed agreed Venezuela was a “fair system,” and another added, that, “I think [Venezuela does] a very good job” at fighting income inequality.
“Economically, it would be nice” if the United States could be more like Venezuela, said another interviewee.
Another added that, “I do think we should model after [Venezuela],” and that “if we all give a little bit, and all become a little more socialist.”
When Horowitz asked one person if they agreed with the statement: “If you got to wait in line for stuff, we should all wait in line together,” which they did.
Millennials might be a lost cause over their radical views on socialism—but conservatives can take solace in the fact that Generation Z, the next generation of young people currently in high school, are expected to be the most conservative generation in almost a century.