Magazine June 03, 2019, Issue

Socialism for the Young at Heart

Students voting and waiting to vote at a polling station at the University of California, Irvine, November 6, 2018 (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
It becomes part of a cherished identity, hopefully not for long

The harsh old joke is that anyone who is not a socialist at age 16 has no heart but that anyone who is still a socialist at 26 has no brain. Myself, I just made it. Tens of thousands of people since the hinge year of 1848 or 1917 or 1968 have loved socialism when adolescents but as grownups have come to detest it, or at best to view it as a puppy love in truth pretty silly.

You can draw for yourself the in-ference from such biographies. The tens of thousands have all gone the same way, from wanting to

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