To be clear: the image you see here, featuring Bernie Sanders and Vladimir Lenin, was not created by us. It was used by a student group at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM), to promote a pro-socialist discussion being held on the school’s campus today (March 31).
Entitled “Why Socialism,” the discussion is hosted by the UWM Students for a Democratic Society (yes, you read that name right) and is described on the group’s Facebook page this way: “Come and learn about socialism, how it makes economic sense, and the case it makes for a better society. Featuring: Professor of Economics Masao Suzuki.”
It is not surprising that Bernie Sanders is being used to promote a socialist agenda, as the self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” provides a friendly face for the movement. The prominent use of Lenin’s face to promote the event, however, is shocking. Most students, however, are likely ignorant of Lenin’s violent crusade to change Russia’s political climate, ultimately taking millions of lives. He’s become the new Che Guevara for idealistic college kids who don’t bother to learn their history. The Students for a Democratic Society even hung a banner in the UWM student center with Lenin’s image, shown in this picture posted to Facebook by Raymond King:
Students for a Democratic Society isn’t just a UWM group – it is a national organization with college chapters across the country. Although it seems their use of the word “Democratic” does not mean what you and I think it means.