Originally Posted by Berzerker's Beard
Interesting that AOC only chose to blame Amazon and Jeff Bezos... and not the democratic officials that put this plan into motion.
To be fair, though, this is one of the major reasons she is sensationally popular. She mirrors Donald Trump, it is simply that they are approaching the same matters from opposite post-nineteenth century ideological afterbirths in how Westerners view the dynamic between what is called "capitalism" and "socialism," no matter how mistakenly in each instance for many. For instance, by contrast: While the conclusions reached by Wilhelm Röpke are not by any means necessarily uniformly excellent his economic grasping of how those popular terms came to be, most persuasively in his The Social Crisis of Our Times
and his later The Moral Foundations of a Civil Society
. Röpke differed from most economists in often detouring himself toward matters of morality and ethics--a thoroughly questionable move for the standard economist, whose discipline is best comprehended apart from ethical considerations. (This is why economists establishing laws for a society is as a general rule a poor idea.) Since the majority of economists tend to deny human frailty as an existing condition, and have difficult accepting that at the very least a significant portion of the population of humans behave in something approximating a thoroughly arbitrary manner, their recipes for success can be riddled with particular flaws. At the least, though, Röpke in his economic analysis is fecund. He recalls Samuel Johnson, who was only a marginally above-average journalist--and perhaps only average--but whose philosophical essays were, while arguably borderline inscrutable at times separately, cohered to engender a formidable moral stance and outlook with which to wrestle. Leo Strauss, frequently described as a sort of twentieth century neoconservative godfather, was at the very least a highly intelligent man whose recognition of Edmund Burke as the final superlative iteration of natural law thinkers suggests that Strauss's modest influence on how Röpke toned his economic theory to buttress an ethical civil order rather than the other way around was a net positive. Although Röpke's treatises delving into the ethical realm seem to stand out against, say, F.A. Hayek's--which, for their certain inarguable points pertaining to the swelling modern nation-state of which Nietzsche wrote, tend to suffer from an insistence on the hyperbolic--as well as thrive apart from Strauss's propositions. When one reads Röpke one hears a faint echoing of Burke's leaning on the language of St. Thomas Aquinas (granted, it is typically when Reflections
is read and excerpted strictly piecemeal that Burke sounds like he is directly promoting a Thomist philosophical reckoning of everyday life) and Richard Hooker, though admittedly through a twentieth century economics-based lens.
After all. one of the only men who called themselves "conservative" since World War II not named Richard Weaver demanding certain respect, Russell Kirk, quoted Röpke liberally in myriad essays, and continually made the point that a large number of the most vociferous supporters of what they called capitalism had ostensibly forgotten or were callous toward the point that the term was coined by Karl Marx, who established capitalism as what Kirk said repeatedly, a "theoretical concept."
Circling back to the presently inescapable Trump comparison for Ocasio-Cortez, he was a celebrity real estate mogul who boasted at Republican presidential candidates' the debates that he had bribed most of the politicians standing on the stage with him. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a lady still not out of her twenties who was a bartender (that is no knock, by the way: it throws some favorable ingredients into the stew of who she is publicly) voicing the general public's conviction that the same politicians bribed by Trump for decades are also bought and sold by the largest corporate entities and richest individuals such as Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.
It is humorous how so many people calling themselves conservatives say that they do not understand Ocasio-Cortez's popularity. It is genuinely becoming reminiscent of how those who stated that they were lefties and dismissed Trump as someone who was never a threat to become president refused to acknowledge the prevailing political conditions.
Trump was verbally blunter and more confrontational with almost everyone. However, Ocasio-Cortez has situated herself as The New Generation of Democrat, who sees the establishment guard of her own party exemplified by the Clintons, for instance, as insupportable. Now, she is also a former intern and has had connections with the mouth of the beast in Washington, D.C., hence her obsequious twitter condolences on behalf of John McCain months ago:
...As an intern, I learned a lot about the power of humanity in government through his deep friendship with Sen. Kennedy,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “He meant so much, to so many. My prayers are with his family.”
"Learn[ing] a lot about the power of humanity in government through [Sen. John McCain's] deep friendship with Sen. Kennedy," is a terrifying statement given the track records of both men as U.S. Senators, but it is probably best for everyone to have tempered expectations for any political ascending star.
Having said that, unless some crippling scandal emerges, Ocasio-Cortez is on a near-perfect trajectory to become the youngest U.S. President ever. What is called "socialism" is exceedingly popular with the majority of voters born since the mid-1980s in the U.S. now, and she is the first sitting U.S. politician to become a talking point across the country since Barack Obama in the mid-2000s. The fact that she is too young to run now is probably a blessing in disguise. By 2028 several states which have been ruby-red in the recent past will be regal purple, much as Virginia became a battleground state around the time of Obama's rising soufflé
due to ineluctable demographic trends from legal immigration into the area just south of Washington, D.C. during the George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies. You never know what may happen in the future but it seems favorable for her at this juncture.