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Published On: Mon, Jun 13th, 2016

Bill Maher attacks millennial, Bernie Sanders supporters over ‘romanticized’ version of socialism, their ‘free’ stuff views

Bill Maher gave Vermont Senator and socialist Bernie Sanders a fair shake in the race against Hillary Clinton, even endorsing him on Real Time With Bill Maher. But now that Sanders has all but lost the nomination to Clinton, Maher is taking issue with the millennial generation and what he calls their “free s**t” view on socialism.

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Even though Bill Maher is a fierce proponent for socialism, or at least a more perfect hybrid of the economic policy that is somewhere in between capitalism and communism, he does take issue with the younger generation of voters who only see it as an opportunity to cash in on free stuff from the government.

“Everyone has to admit that even though Bernie Sanders didn’t win the nomination, he’s already won the future,” Bill Maher said on his Real Time segment “New Rule.” “But let’s not romanticize socialism the way conservatives romanticize capitalism. These are economic systems, not your first kiss.”

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“Almost two-thirds of Sanders voters want free college, and free universal health coverage for no more than an extra $1,000 in taxes, even though that’s not really socialism. That’s Santa-ism,” Maher said.

Maher educated those who are “used to getting shit for free” need to understand the “natural order of things,” where you pay for things.

“And, look, no one is arguing that millennials haven’t gotten a rotten deal in this economy but they’ve also gotten used to getting shit for free,” he explained.

“If you’re a millennial you may never have known the concept of paying for things that all of us used to pay for,” Maher said Friday. “I’m a baby boomer; I think the natural order of things is to pay for music that I like.”

“To do less than that doesn’t make you a revolutionary, it makes you a person who goes to the bathroom when the check comes,” he said.

 

MAHER: 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.

Millennials don’t remember a threatening Soviet Union, or any Soviet Union. The only time they’ve had to crouch under a desk was to go down on their teacher.

So, the new generation is ready for socialism. The problem is: they may be ready for a little too much socialism.

Almost two-thirds of Sanders voters want free college, and free universal health coverage for no more than an extra $1,000 in taxes, even though that’s not really socialism. That’s Santa-ism.

And, look, no one is arguing that millennials haven’t gotten a rotten deal in this economy but they’ve also gotten used to getting shit for free.

We’ve accepted that the new normal in America is people in their 20s or even in theirs 30s still on their parents’ cell-phone plans, and healthcare plans, and mom and dad still paying the car insurance. And almost a third of them are still living at home. And if you’re a millennial you may never have known the concept of paying for things that all of us used to pay for. I’m a baby boomer; I think the natural order of things is to pay for music that I like.

To do less than that doesn’t make you a revolutionary, it makes you a person who goes to the bathroom when the check comes…

The point is if you add up all the free things that the under-40 crowd is used to getting from the quick jerk at work to being able to sit in Starbucks all day for the price of a scone, from music to wi-fi- to birth control– it’s not such a jarring proposition when socialism comes along and says you are entitled to free stuff. And that in turn is why there must be this proliferation of websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Go fund me? Go fund yourself.

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photo/ Open Clip Art Vectors via pixabay

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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