Modern Perceptions of Socialism and Communism Panel Discussion

On Thursday, April 13 I attended a Panel Discussion on perspectives of socialism and communism. The Panelists were Dr. Murray Bessette, who is the Director of Academic Programs for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation; Dr. Melissa Stockdale, who is a Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma; and L. Eric Sundby who is the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Holocaust Remembrance and Restitution Foundation as well as a personal friend. This event was hosted by the College of International Studies, Econ Club, and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

The panelists discussed the views of millennials about socialism and communism and were very disturbed by the large proportion of millennials that say they support socialism and communism without being able to identify socialist and communist leaders and governments of the past or even being able to clearly define socialism.

That turned into a heated argument because two of the panelists disagreed about the definition of socialism. Overall, the event was very informative, thought provoking, and a valuable expression of free speech on the part of the panelist and audience members.

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