Jesse Kelly at The Federalist wrote an article called “Why the Right Should Start Taking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Seriously.” He initiates the article with reference to the “mind-numbingly stupid” tweet Ocasio-Cortez put out this week. She’s had plenty of educated responses so I don’t need to do that.
However, I did Tweet out the following:
It’s easy to focus on the dumbness of these politicians, but it’s also important to remember that perhaps the most educated President in American history, Woodrow Wilson, was arguably the worst. While Wilson was not a Marxist, he was a left-interventionist, the point here is that even the most brilliant of people cannot make socialism— or statism in general— into a workable framework for managing society.
But at the Federalist, Kelly makes a very important observation: namely, that Ocasio-Cortez seems to be the future— she’s “relatable,” she’s hip, she’s fun and comfortable with social media, and so on. This is very dangerous because she can use this to accumulate popular following and push forward the very agendas that are destructive both to liberty, and also therefore to prosperity.
And now is the age of social media. This is the age where a tidal wave of support can and does come from anywhere. Social media allows candidates for office to let the public see them with their blemishes. With a push of a button, you can watch Ocasio-Cortez make instant mac and cheese like a college freshman. She’s pretty. She’s young enough to understand and take advantage of this current political world. Most importantly, her naiveté about the things of government make her more appealing to the common man, not less.
So go ahead laugh at Ocasio-Cortez. That’s fine. Sit in your Foggy Bottom townhouse and mock the dullard from the Bronx as she eats the food of the unwashed masses. Squeal with delight every time she fails basic civics. After all, this freshman congresswoman, her peasant food, and her Boston University degree wouldn’t even be allowed in the front door of your tennis club.
But know this; the people who decide the next election like easy mac and cheese, and they’ll never step foot in a tennis club.
In other words, much to the frustration of my own personality, tightly reasoned essays and actual, demonstrable proofs of the ethics and economics of capitalism, do not make movements in the short run. The movement Ocasio-Cortez leads cannot be overcome simply by intellectual refutation; again, in the short run. I do believe that ideas are the long run solution.
I used to place much more emphasis on educating future voters/citizens than current voting efforts— and I still think voting itself is a lousy strategy. But the immediate way out, I realize increasingly, is decentralization of both mind and body. The future mob led by the popular appeal of hip politicians like Ocasio-Cortez are led by their whims and passions, not by reason.
And as Scott Adams says, those who did not reason themselves into a position cannot be reasoned out of their position. The future of Washington will continue to spiral toward TV-show level non-intelligence and cheap entertainment. To battle this, we must nullify and secede.