Saturday, July 13, 2019

AOC's Chief-of-Staff Admits That the Green New Deal is Really a Plan to Turn the US Economy Socialist

 Saikat Chakrabarti
By Robert Wenzel

I have already warned about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief-of-staff, Saikat Chakrabarti (SEE: The Brains Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez).

In February, I wrote about him:
 He graduated from Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
He spent about 10 years in Silicon Valley where he co-founded Mockingbird (hmm Mockingbird), a web design tool, and then built up the product team at the payment processor Stripe.
He then left to work on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as director for
organizing technology. It is believed that most of Sanders' momentum during the 2016 campaign occurred after Chakrabarti started launching social media campaigns. It should be remembered that in early 2015, Clinton held a 60-point lead over Sanders. Then Bernie pretty much closed the entire gap.
He is very smart and a hardcore socialist. He wants to make the U.S. economy socialist.

The Washington Post Magazine reports (my highlights):
On a Wednesday morning in late May, emissaries of two of the strongest political voices on climate change convened at a coffee shop a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), was there to meet Sam Ricketts, climate director for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who is running for president almost exclusively on a platform of combating global warming. A newly released plank of Inslee’s climate change agenda had caught the attention of Chakrabarti and his boss, who had tweeted that Inslee’s “climate plan is the most serious + comprehensive one to address our crisis in the 2020 field.” Pleased by the positive reception from the demanding Green New Deal wing of the climate struggle, Ricketts had set up this meeting with Chakrabarti to establish a personal connection and share approaches to climate advocacy.

“Congrats on the rollout,” Chakrabarti told him as they sat down. “That was pretty great.”

“Thank you again for the kudos you guys offered,” said Ricketts. “We wanted to be pace-setting for the field, and I think we’re there now. … I want to ask you for input … in addition to hearing what you guys are working on.”

Chakrabarti had an unexpected disclosure. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” he said, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.” Ricketts greeted this startling notion with an attentive poker face. “Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Chakrabarti continued. “Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

Of course, this shouldn't come as a surprise to EPJ readers. In February I also wrote:  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' is Commie Red.

What is surprising is how bold and open Chakrabarti now is about his agenda. He must think he is gaining traction with his message. And he is. In February, I wrote, AOC " now has over 3 million [followers on Twitter]. This is bad."

She now has more than 4.7 million followers. These shrewd and dangerous commies have momentum.

Too many kids think Donald Trump represents what capitalism is and so they are looking for a radical alternative. Chakrabarti is leading the anti-Trump message with his socialist advocacy.

Unfortunately, the libertarian, free-market message is being drowned out.

The message must be delivered that there is an alternative to both Trump and a societal structure, socialism, that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.comand Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bankand most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. More about Wenzel here.

(ht DR)

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