Though Republicans have seen a marked increase in voter enthusiasm following the Democrats' disastrous behavior during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, there's one issue the Right is critically losing on: capitalism and the war of public opinion.

In a recent public opinion poll from Harvard's Institute of Politics, likely voters claimed to favor democratic socialism over capitalism by five points, with the majority supporting single-payer healthcare, federal job guarantees, and free college.

Thanks to Democratic malpractice, Republicans might actual win vital electoral and popular battles. But so long as right-wing enthusiasm is driven by opposition to leftist politics and the perception of incivility, these victories are temporary bandages over the severe national threat posed by the revival of discredited ideas like socialism.

According to Harvard's new poll, millennial support for Republicans in the midterm elections has sharply spiked in the past six months, even while Americans have grown to distrust capitalism. It seems obvious that the middle of the electorate, specifically that which sat out the deeply unpalatable war between President Trump and Hillary Clinton, would grow increasingly repulsed by recent left-wing political machinations. But betting on the follies of the other side isn't enough to win a political war, much less that of relitigating the horrors of the Cold War.

In effect, the Democrats have repackaged tried and failed policies ranging from government-run healthcare to state-sanctioned speech to the inexplicably sexy lie that is now branded as "Democratic socialism." Youthful, earnest faces like those of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and famous ones seared into pop culture consciousness like Cynthia Nixon, have become brand ambassadors for policies that sent half of our grandparents fleeing from Eastern Europe and Asia to escape.

Despite the overwhelming evidence that piecemeal left-wing policies like rent control and state-subsidized college are damaging to economic efficacy, young Americans have fallen for the swooning croons and lies of that myth known as democratic socialism.

Make no mistake; likely millennial voters still acknowledge that regular socialism is still significantly less popular that its "Democratic" counterpart (by 14 points, to be precise). But still, purveyors of global capitalism, spanning from free-trade champions like Bill Clinton to right-wing wonks like Paul Ryan, have failed to persuade young Americans that the free market has been solely and significantly responsible for global income per person increasing tenfold, eradicating poverty for hundreds of millions of people around the world, and a massive increase in both the length and quality of life. Young, likely voters instead have embarked on a fatal flirtation with the notion that they can have their cake of widespread wealth and eat their feelings of magnanimity too.

Yet culturally and demographically homogeneous countries in Western Europe have been able to ignore the enormous positive externalizes they've reaped from American research and development, instead painting themselves as a model for modernity rather than its lazy, free-riding sibling (The U.S. outspends the European Union on medical research and development alone three times over).

Both political parties have just one week to go in an intense and unprecedented battle for midterm power. But even if they win, Republicans have to wisen up to increasing radicalization of many Democrats on issue of economics, and begin to target the bigger picture rather than petty party machinations.