Gallup:In a recent Gallup poll a surprising result emerged. Asked about their feelings toward divers economic systems, a stunning 53% of Democrats and 61% of liberals indicated a favorable view of socialism.1 That explains much about the intentions behind the programs the administration and Congress have been trying to foist on the American people. Fortunately, the same poll confirmed 58% of all Americans have a negative view of socialism, which undergirds the sudden and visceral rise in populist resistance to those very programs. Do they teach socialism in school anymore? It was only 20 years ago that the Soviet Union and communism, an extreme form of socialism, collapsed. If we take for granted that during that time educators assumed socialism was dead forever, today’s young voters could not have lived through its abject failure, even vicariously, and the most susceptible among them might be subject to seduction by its false promise. There is scant debate today on the causes of the collapse of the auto or mortgage industries, for example, as a function of the industries' deviation from pure capitalism in contrast to an analysis built on the unproven assumption that capitalism failed. Is it un-American to conclude that GM just wasn’t making products that the market valued, or that government interference in mortgages, through Fannie and Freddie, skewed prudent management of financial risk?