For the sake of argument, 'communist' ideas may well have entered the universities by indirect means. What is true is that today we nominally accept the role of government to be half of what Marx demanded in the Manifesto of 1848.
Be that as it may, the % of admitted communists/socialists is far less than what it was one hundred years ago.
My interpretation of expanded government is far less subversive, yet realistically cogent. Over time, its responsibilities have increased, yet none have been relinquished because of the weight of bureaucratism. Again, the solution is simply to de-fund.
I do, however, object to the chicken story on the grounds that it assumes people are unwilling to work. A more likely modern scenario would be that the chicken hired migrant rats to work for less than her barnyard buddies.