Young people aren’t Stalinists – they just wonder what fairness might look like | Richard Godwin

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To claim that having any qualms about feral capitalism leads straight to the gulag is disingenuous, dangerous and just a bit dim

A spectre is haunting Britain: the spectre of Stalinism. I don’t know if you’ve spoken to a young person recently – me neither – but if you stalk one or two on social media, a clear mental picture begins to emerge. I’m imagining earnest arguments in the student union about whether Lavrenty Beria was more effective than Felix Dzerzhinsky. WhatsApp groups brainstorming five-year-plans. Tearful scenes in the multiplex over The Death of Stalin. To you and I, it’s political satire. To millennials, a tragedy!

To be clear, because the line between satire and sincerity is a little hazy at the moment, none of this is really happening. At least, not in any meaningful way, though one of the features of millions of people uploading half-formed thoughts online every second is that you can find evidence for anything if you look hard enough. Imagine what the NKVD, the Communist party’s secret police, could do with that!

Tt’s also worth stressing that just because a passing liberal says something anti-capitalist, it doesn’t mean they want to burn the rich

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