Resource Bank kicked off with a series of presentations from some of the top minds in the conservative movement, who argued that the biggest debates that are now raging in the public square are ones we should want to take part in.
For example, Andrew Puzder, a political commentator, former CEO, and author of The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It, explained how conservatives can deliver a winning message to millennials about capitalism.
“Today, America’s youth seem enamored with socialism,” he said. Why? Because they are being fed a myth – through the education system and popular entertainment – that socialism is necessary to protect the masses from capitalist greed.
This, Puzder said, is a complete misunderstanding of what capitalism is or how it works. “The only way to succeed in capitalism is to meet the needs of other people. It empowers the masses – consumers – because you vote with your dollars on which companies succeed and which fail … When I speak to millennials, I always tell them that I have a wonderful message for you: the economic system under which you live is the greatest system ever devised in the history of the world.”
Mary Katherine Ham, a conservative commentator on CNN, urged conservatives to not stop talking to young people about socialism and capitalism. “Don’t try to convert them. Because they can sniff that a mile away. Engage them.”
Bill Meierling, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of external relations and strategic partnerships at the American Legislative Exchange Council, and Scott Walker, president of the Capital Research Center, explained how the current brand of leftist ideology that is gripping the nation can be traced to a handful of mega-donors, who established a sprawling network of leftist organizations. Their website, InfluenceWatch.org, reveals the donors who are backing these organizations.
Daniel Di Martino, a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, who was born in socialist Venezuela, gave a warning to Americans who think that socialism that ruined his home country could not come to the United States. “One by one, they took away our freedoms … that’s what people on the Left want to do here,” he said.
How do you talk about socialism and capitalism? What obstacles do you face when you discuss this topic with family, friends, and co-workers?