Nobody, except for a few libertarians and conservatives, are countering the ideas AOC represents. And they have a very limited audience. The spirit of the new century is overwhelming the values of the past.
When the economy collapses – likely in 2019 – everybody will blame capitalism, because Trump is somehow, incorrectly, associated with capitalism. The country – especially the young, the poor, and the non-white – will look to the government to do something. They see the government as a cornucopia, and socialism as a kind and gentle answer. Everyone will be able to drink lattes all day at Starbucks while they play with their iPhones.
That’s not even the best part. She’ll be idealized, lionized, and apotheosized by an adoring public. The media will hang on her every word. That’s pretty rich for a stupid, evil dingbat. Other young socialist idealists will try – and succeed – in replicating her success. Congress will increasingly be filled with her clones.
Frankly, at this point, resistance is futile.
January 11, 2019
Doug Casey on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
[Certainly there are lots of paths to a very bleak future. However, I’m not sure resistance is futile. The courts are being filled with people much more inclined to declare her ideas unconstitutional than courts of the last 20 years. And one can make a reasonable case the courts will continue in this pattern for another five or more years. And SCOTUS could easily be originalist leaning within a year.
And even if the courts don’t “save the country” there are a lot of states that could “just say no” and ignore a significant part of the nonsense thrown at them as the Feds and other states nosedive into the dark pit of socialism. Resisting can take the form of moving to those states which can most effectively avoid the socialist influence. If the union fails being geographically and politically isolated is going to be to your advantage.
The Feds have a 22 trillion dollar debt with no plan to even slow the descent into catastrophe. When hard core socialists go toe-to-toe with reality, reality ultimately wins. This time will be no different. The biggest questions are, “How long will it take?” and “What is the best way to avoid the implosion?”—Joe]
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In the French Revolution they uplifted a whore as their goddess of “reason”. Nothing has changed since, except for a few minor adjustments of the rationalizations, strategies and tactics.
So here are a couple of predictions, one of which is already in the quote.
1. The Republicans’ version of “capitalism” (which is more akin to Fascism, which in turn is close enough to socialism) will be used to say, “See? We tried it your way and it failed”. That will be a major fulfillment of the tenet; “When socialism fails, freedom is to blame and the answer is more socialism” and also the tenet; “Every little bit of socialism demands a little bit more”. (Replace “socialism” though, with “coercion” or let’s say, “wholesale coercion”, to get a more precise picture)
2. There will be a “spiritual” revival, following some heightened degree of pain in the Western World, which will lead the entire world toward a “coming together” (ecumenical) movement with all major religions participating. That movement, even bringing in many agnostics and atheists, including “secular” political figures and organizations, will lead us closer to the antiChrist (Rome, i.e. the Vatican with its Jesuit Generals, Rabbis and Imams) and away from the Christ as described in the Bible, and furthermore the U.S. will have played a key role in bolstering that movement.
(that’s already in the works, so it’s not much of a “prediction” except to say that it will have some significant, highly visible if temporary, degree of success)
(Yeah I know; Crazytown, but it is a crazy world)
And; kind of what this guy says.
I’m starting to think that the name of the game will be survival and that resistance will need to be ‘word of mouth’ and not organized (otherwise the organization becomes a target) until we ‘come to our senses’.
I say this because conservative voices are finding that it is even risky to question the left’s narratives. Outspoken voices have and are being banned along with livelihoods with the speed of #Metoo.
Western civilization has become toxic as we enter a new dark age.
That worked well for Jews in the late 1930’s. NOT!
I think “coming out of the closet” is critical.
That’s a good point, but there are sure a lot of unknowns.
I should have worded it differently. What I’m concerned about is the widespread adoption of leftist norms, values, and standards each one occurring like a coup. Suddenly everything has changed. And it’s happening every few days. What was up is now down. And just like a sizable noisy non-violent protest, there is nothing to resist and no identifiable targets. You just need to get out of the way. It’s the magic of a #Metoo like moment.
I’m having trouble seeing a traditional end game. What should be our response be if this is the revolution?
BTW: I find this notion of the ‘left’ strange and non-specific since it seems to be a label for an organic process that is transforming our society. There are many players, but there no clear leadership. It’s more like a mob.
There was a saying among the British in India 150-200 years ago; “Shout louder – someone will get the message.”
AOC’s economic theories are charitably referred to as “Marxist”, but really her theories are from Women’s Studies – Men will give you what you want; or her infancy; Mommy and Daddy will give her what she wants if she just makes her unhappiness known loud enough and long enough.