Democratic Socialists of America
A very bright young woman, in her forties, explained Ayn Rand’s views on socialism with a simple story.
Imagine a wealthy family. The parents make a will that states that each of the three children will receive money based on need. Each year the children must come together and share their stories and why he or she should get more money than the other siblings. It becomes a race to the bottom of victimhood. Or is it the height of victimhood? And each year, each sibling will come with a sad story hoping they are seen as more of a victim than their siblings. It is a race to be the champion of need and victimhood: Poor me; the opposite of the hopes and dreams of capitalism. And that is socialism in a nutshell.
Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; AOC, look she has a pet name, initials only, is promoting this idea when she talks about reparations. And wealth redistribution, like Mayor de Blasio of New York City. AOC talks about people who need extra help. A rebooted Affirmative Action for all people; but white men. I often wonder about non-white people who have succeeded, on merit. How do they feel being included in AOC’s reparations that will heal America?
So, if you are not a white man, time for you to be the best victim you can be and get the most government help. The siblings must fight to be #1 victim.
AOC knows her audience. They cheer her on.
During her campaign, she advocated for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and a Federal Jobs Guarantee because according to her website, “anyone who is willing and able to work shouldn’t struggle to find employment.”
Ocasio-Cortez explained her vision.
People think reparations is reparations for slavery, but really, economically speaking, reparations are for the damage done by the New Deal and redlining because that is where we saw a compounding of the existing inequity from the legacy of slavery, where we drew red lines around black communities. We said white communities will get home loans and they will get access to the basic bedrock of wealth in America and this will be your heirloom and we gave white America the heirloom that appreciated overtime — that people still benefit from today and we did not give to African-American and Mexican communities, Puerto Rican communities.
Here is an explanation of the new deal for those unfamiliar with it: The New Deal was a series of public works projects, financial reforms and government programs that were enacted in the 1930’s by Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a response to the Great Depression.
She also shared:
“It’s important to tell the story of where we’ve been and what others are doing as well because we look at, for example, Germany, and how they’ve been able or they’re attempt to try to heal after the Holocaust,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Germany paid reparations and they went through that process and they had that truth-telling process. And until America tells the truth about itself, we’re not going to heal.”
Amazing isn’t it how the Jews(not mentioned) and the Holocaust are used to promote socialism when most often the Jews are attacked by the left?
Who doesn’t want reparations? Who doesn’t want free stuff? Except she fails to tell us how all the free stuff will be paid for. At some point the demand will outpace the supply. Think Venezuela. Or Cuba. Now Cuba is not as bad as Venezuela but there is something odd about everyone making the same amount of money, from doctors to sanitation workers, don’t you think? Is that the life you want in America? Or Canada? Really?
From the Ethics of the Fathers: “Rabbi Tarfon used to say, it is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but you are not exempt from undertaking it.”