On Friday’s Real Time, Bill Maher warns young people not to romanticize socialism, making the distinction between socialism and “Santa-ism.” Despite defending socialism’s place in the political spectrum last week, Maher says Millennials who support Bernie in order to get free stuff should think twice.
“Last week in this space I talked about how socialism was something America needs more of to curtail capitalism, because the profit motive creates horrible incentives like keeping people sick, putting too many of them in jail, always being at war, and treating a woman touching Donald Trump’s hair is breaking news,” he says, referring to the media’s profit-motivated coverage of the Trump campaign.
“If you say the word ‘socialism’ to people under 40 the reaction is night and day from that of Baby Boomers for whom socialism has always been seen as communism’s gay cousin,” Maher jokes. “But for Millennials, the word socialism doesn’t conjure up images of Stalin and Castro, it conjures up images of naked Danish people on a month-long paid vacation.”
Noting that the new generation doesn’t even remember the Soviet Union, Maher suggest Millennials are ready “for a little too much socialism.”
He qualifies his rant by saying, “Look, no one is arguing that Millennials haven’t gotten a rotten deal in this economy,” but he goes on to suggest, “they’ve also gotten too used to getting shit for free.”
Watch the clip to see him rant about 20-somethings living in their parent’s basements, and downloading music and porn for free, before telling these young users of Kickstarter and GoFundMe, “Go Fund Yourself.”