A professor at the University of Oklahoma recently published an op-ed in which he explained that the allure of Bernie Sanders for many young Americans was a “symptom of our failure to educate them” as Americans. How has our country arrived at a point where an avowed socialist is firmly in the running for the Democratic nomination for the president of the United States?

Professor David Deming writes, “Socialism is a dead end. For hundreds of years, it has failed everywhere it’s been adopted. The enthusiasm of our youth for the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is a symptom of our failure to educate them, not only in history, government, and economics, but also basic morality.”

Many young people, as Professor Deming correctly pointed out, are unaware of the results of socialism in the real world. Their eagerness to embrace a philosophy they know nothing about causes them to ignore common sense and reality.

Much of the allure of socialism can be traced to a single word—fairness.