Young America’s Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise educates and inspires young Americans to champion the virtues of free enterprise through campus lectures featuring successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, economists, and policy experts; immersive student training seminars; and essential resources and publications.

 

Resources & Publications

"Democratic Socialism" A Reality Check

“Oh, it’s okay, I’m not a socialist, I’m a democratic socialist.” How often have you heard that? Are you sick of it yet? You especially hear such nonsense on college campuses. And nonsense it is. Yet sadly, it’s attracting a lot of recruits. Leading the charge is the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which boasts such members as exciting new democratic-socialism cover-girl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It also boasts chapters on more than 200 college campuses. The DSA is the hot new thing, and AOC its poster-girl. It claims a membership surge to more than 55,000. It’s the home not only of AOC but the likes of Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, three added cohorts of the left’s new intrepid quartet, “The Squad.”

The Merits of Free Enterprise

For a moment, put aside all you’ve been told about both centrally-planned or “socialist” economic systems and free enterprise systems. Instead, think about how you would want an economic system to work if you could construct one from scratch. Who would you want such a system to benefit, and how could it best create prosperity? 

Three Reasons Why Socialism Always Fails

Socialism is the ultimate Big Lie. While it falsely promises prosperity, equality, and security, it delivers the exact opposite: poverty, inequality, and tyranny. Equality is achieved under socialism only in the sense that everyone is equal in his or her misery.

Is Income Inequality a Problem?

Milton Friedman, arguably the greatest economist of the 20th century, stated, “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” Yet, a common criticism heard on college and high school campuses today is that the free market system is inherently evil and that an economic system based on equality and redistribution is the path forward for America.

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