Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Socialist Machine Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Victory

Via Yahoo: Up-and-coming DSA candidates, from left: Summer Lee, Julia Salazar, Sara Innamorato, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Lee Carter, Elizabeth Fiedler. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: SummerForPA via Facebook, Julia Salazar for State Senate via Facebook, SaraForPA via Facebook) 
Yahoo reports:
Crowley was taken down by a 28-year-old political rookie named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won in part by denouncing Crowley’s brand of old-school machine politics. But she had a campaign machine of her own, an outside group known as the Democratic Socialists of America. In the avalanche of coverage of Ocasio-Cortez’s win, the logistical support and manpower she received from the DSA has drawn relatively little notice. But the group is poised to make its presence felt in the midterms.

More than 100 volunteers from the DSA had flooded the streets of the 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of Queens and the Bronx, for months.

Ocasio-Cortez will be the first DSA member in Congress since Rep. Ron Dellums left office in 1998, but she isn’t the first candidate to score a dramatic upset with the help of the leftist organization. And if they have their way, she won’t be the last.

“Our recent electoral successes demonstrate that people are sick and tired of being ignored and they’re ready to fight back, and that includes in the political arena,” DSA national director Maria Svart wrote in an email to Yahoo News.

“Democratic socialist ideas will win and we do the hard work of knocking on doors to make it happen,” Svart added.
Libertarians should be fiercely blasting Donald Trump so that millennials have a shot at learning that socialism is not the only alternative to Trump.

The kids are going to all end up socialists.

And the silent libertarians are helping the socialist cause with their silence about Trump.



  1. This is like when some crappy boy band's first song debut's at #1 on the charts. It's not because the song is good, they've just got an effective hype machine.

  2. Millennials want more free stuff just like the voters in AOC's voting district. 12 years in the public school system (with no exposure to free market economics) and attractive and clever candidates like AOC that promise unlimited free stuff put any libertarians message (abolish the minimum wage) at a severe competitive disadvantage. (I could not get elected with THAT policy position in a 75% Republican district!)

    And it has absolutely nothing to do with Trump. AOC would win and be the darling of the left-wing media with HRC (or Jeb Bush) in the White House. This is mostly a cultural phenomenon that has been nurtured (by progressives and neo-Marxists) for decades and goes far beyond any Trumpian hysterics.

    And to think that AOC can be "flipped" by reading Rothbard or Hayek or Armentano is naieve in the extreme. (But by all means, send her our op/eds). I know of no such flips in the history of ideas or politics. Besides, the political incentives are all perverse. How would AOC ever win re-election in her district if she suddenly said: "You know what? I was wrong. The minimum wage should be abolished; Antitrust should be abolished; The Fed must go as well as public education"? Short answer: She would not and, therefore, there will be no political flipping of any consequence and resources spent there would be better spent developing more attractive libertarian candidates.

    Better to make strategic alliances (Rothbard's approach) with progressives on issues that we agree on (immigration, drug legalization and foreign policy perhaps) and simply agree to disagree on issues that they would NEVER accept. And forget the flipping.

    1. Most minorities like free stuff. Race, IQ, and culture matter. Yet, open border libertardians have yet to provide any evidence that my assertion is wrong.

    2. Re: Dominick,

      --- And it has absolutely nothing to do with Trump. ---

      Oh, yes it does. The left have an enemy and that enemy is the Pvssy Grabber.

      --- AOC would win and be the darling of the left-wing media with HRC (or Jeb Bush) ---

      Perhaps but VERY unlikely. With a Bush win, the Dems wouod redouble their efforts to protect their disciplined members. With an HRC win, the Dems would close files around her. With the Pvssy-Grabber in chief in the seat, the left is now out of control.

    3. Re: He-Who-Fantasizes-About-White-European-Males,

      --- Most minorities like free stuff. Race, IQ, and culture matter. ---

      Yup. Europeans, for instance, love free stuff --free healthcare, lotsa vacation time, safety nets, and they're the minority in this world.

      Or who were you talking about, Labby?

    4. Torres, or he who fantasizes about duh-versities, we all know Europeans mostly lazy bums. We probably should not import them either. But hey, you have already established your anti-white credentials.

    5. Re: He-Who-Fantasizes-About-White-European-Males,

      --- We probably should not import them either. ---

      But you said white European males are "FA-BUL-OUS!" Is your anti-immigrant paranoia going so far as to deprive yourself of your homoerotic fantasies?

    6. By the way, Labby, I'm not anti-white. Just anti-... You.