Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the myth of “democratic” socialism

Don’t let AOC and her cronies pull the wool over your eyes.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a card-carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

That’s not my projection. That’s not an epithet. That’s a fact.

There is nothing “Democratic” about the DSA, though. The DSA is new wine in old, confiscatory wineskins.

Consider, for example, this quote from the NYC DSA’s policy page:

“State ownership of businesses and worker control. Large businesses facing closure or mass layoffs should be seized by the state where feasible and run as public goods. In the case of small businesses where this is not feasible, New York should provide a right of first refusal, zero-interest loans, and technical assistance so that workers in smaller scale industries can take over their workplaces from owners that would otherwise have to close or sell. This will allow people to remain in their jobs and help us transition to a more just economy by putting workers in control.”

That all sounds very neat and technocratic. What does that mean, though, in practice?

We’ll keep this simple. Let’s say you and your partner scrimp and save for 10 years so that you can open a coffee shop.

You invest not only your life savings, but also your blood, sweat, and tears, into the business.

Oh, and you hire me to work behind the counter along the way. I’m your employee!

You work at it for 5 years. You’re losing money.

Uh-oh. Eventually, you determine that you need to cut your losses and sell.

AOC: What would her plans really mean?

According to our present laws of free enterprise and ownership, you are free to sell your business, and recoup what you can at the highest market value. After all, it’s your coffee shop. You started it! You own it!

And what about me? Well, I guess I have to get a job at Starbucks. Or maybe I get a job in a non-beverage related field.

That’s free enterprise, and freedom of association. We aren’t joined at the hip, just because I’ve worked for you.

According to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the DSA though, your coffee shop is my coffee shop.

Why? Welcome to the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, cupcake. I’m a “worker”. I worked behind the counter of your coffee shop, of my own free will, for wages. That makes me a worker.

Under the rule of AOC and the DSA, you would not be free to sell your coffee shop and cut your losses. A team of government bureaucrats would come in and transfer the business you paid for and started to a “worker’s collective”.

In this case, that would be me.

Now, does that sound fair?

No. Of course it isn’t.

But that’s what the DSA and AOC would do, if they ever truly came to power. So would some of the hardcore moonbats who believe in them.

Unfortunately, there are millions of uninformed Americans who think “socialism” sounds really sexy. But they haven’t bothered to think it out. They think “socialism” means “free iPhones”, or something like that.

Socialism means the government taking whatever it wants, whenever it wants.

Democratic socialism? Yeah, right. Every Marxist country that ever existed has paid lip service to “democracy”. The formal name of North Korea is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or the DPRK

Also a “democratic socialist”

Granted, the scenario I described above is not exactly firing squads and gulags. (Give them a few years in power, though.) But it is fundamentally unjust. This is government-backed theft, essentially.

But I don’t want to go all Ayn Rand and hifalutin on you. Let’s be more practical.

The program outlined by the Democratic Socialists of America, and supported by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would discourage the innovation and risk-taking that drives the American economy. Who in their right mind would ever start a business (including a coffee shop) knowing that the state could arbitrarily transfer it to a “workers collective”?

Who would ever start a business and hire others, knowing that the act of hiring would give the employees effective control over the business, should circumstances require them to cut their losses and sell?

No one in America would ever start a business again, if these misty-eyed lunatics in the DSA (including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) had their way.

Yeah, right…

Which brings us to our next point…which may involve you:

If you support far-left Democrats like AOC, you are grossly uninformed on basic economic principles. Sorry, princess, but that’s just the way it is.

This is correctible, though. Uninformed is not the same as “incorrigibly stupid”. You can learn about economics.

Thomas Sowell

I recommend you start by reading Basic Economics, by the award-winning economist, Thomas Sowell.

The links on this page will take you to Amazon. But you should also be able to find this book in your local library.

I know you: You’re too smart to vote for leftwing Democrats, even if you don’t yet realize it.