Sunday, August 5, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a Capitalist



I have received many emails that have included a link to a Fox News story that reports  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was once a capitalist.

While she attended Boston University she claimed to be a follower of "Adam Smith’s analyses" and wrote in a blog post that terms like “feminism” and “empowerment” were “relics from the past.”

She also wrote:
We no longer live in the same fight for equality of prior generations, we have moved to the widely accepted reality that marginalizing 50% of a given population doesn’t make much sense, mathematically or socially...
But this is not a complete picture of the student Cortez. She also wrote at the time that she believed in "Pablo Neruda’s love."

Neruda was a poet who was a senator for the Chilean Communist Party. He was also for an extended period an admirer of the Soviet Union of Joseph Stalin.

Upon Stalin's death, Neruda wrote an ode to him and later one to Fidel Castro.

Simultaneously holding the analytical views of Smith and the poetry of Neruda in one's mind must have been quite the BU mental trip for Cortez.

But it does not surprise me that the socialist thinking of Cortez has bloomed and the Adam Smith thinking has withered.

One can only imagine the half-baked "free market" perspective she was taught at BU. The current faculty is filled with methodologically confused econometricians and whacked out Keynesians.

She was never presented with a sound grounding in free market economics or an appreciation for liberty. And with the current explosion in cultural Marxist thinking, it is not difficult to see how she got caught up in that nonsense, especially because of her political aspirations.

One has to realize that Cortez is not a deep or original thinker. She is simply an effective communicator of leftist echo-chamber thinking (She is a fairly high-level dealer in second hand ideas). And in the Age of Trump, this is an effective message to deliver in many parts of the country--in particular the Bronx.

Her one time, college years, shout out to Adam Smith's "analyses" is not as significant as is the likelihood that she was provided a very distorted picture of capitalism that has sent her off on a very wrong path. And, perhaps more significant, her political desires are pushing her in the direction of demagoguery--which never mixes with free markets and liberty.

-RW