WASHINGTON. When I hear Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez prattle on about Democratic-Socialism, I think of modern art. For that’s precisely what the Ocasio-Cortez version of Democratic-Socialism reminds me of.
Most examples of what passes for fine art these days are embarrassingly devoid of meaning and objective beauty. So much so that much of today’s art relies heavily on the skills of a special breed of art curators. They possess such skill in creative writing that they make such art seem almost palatable. Their written descriptions – stuck to the wall close to the random paint swaths smeared across canvas – are meant to suppress your natural reactions of horror, disgust, or desire to laugh hysterically.
Think of the mainstream media as art-curating wordsmiths for Democratic-Socialism. Specifically when it comes to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ unique take on this time=worn topic.
Democratic-Socialism without fossil fuel
When the millennial Bronx Babbler announced her big “Green New Deal” plan to rid America of fossil fuels within a decade, the soft talkers at National Public Radio NPR) proclaimed that her scheme sets
“… goals for some drastic measures to cut carbon emissions across the economy, from electricity generation to transportation to agriculture… the proposal stresses that it aims to meet its ambitious goals while paying special attention to groups like the poor, disabled and minority communities that might be disproportionately affected by massive economic transitions like those the Green New Deal calls for.”
Likewise, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was giddy with excitement at the prospect.
“The Green New Deal that Ocasio-Cortez has laid out aspires to power the U.S. economy with 100 percent renewable energy within 12 years and calls for ‘a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one’… Let a hundred Green New Deal ideas bloom! Let’s see what sticks and what falls by the wayside.”
An unworkable future
“100 percent renewable energy” is a meaningless catchphrase. Outside of nuclear power, there’s no real alternative for running a modern industrial society. Other than burning fuel products refined from black gold.
Modern, First World America relies on fossil fuels to warm us during a polar vortex and cool us during those inevitable summer heatwaves. Fossil fuels power locomotives and semi-tractor trucks laden with goods ranging from cars to cattle.
And let’s not forget what happened when the government took control of healthcare, which makes up 17.9 percent of the US economy. This abject failure gifted us with higher premiums, inadequate medical care, and a promise of future death panels. And this Obamacare monstrosity is laughingly called the “Affordable Care Act.”
Back to caves and loincloths with Walter Duranty
Now Democrats have a plan to shutter the nation’s energy sector that fuels 85 percent of our economy. Without our current energy systems, we will end up either destitute or quite literally dead.
The wild-eyed Ocasio-Cortez version of Democratic-Socialism wants to freeze and starve Americans on a scale not seen since the 1930s. That’s when Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin engineered a famine in Ukraine to end opposition to his monstrous socialist rule. It cost seven-million Russian lives.
Communist apologist Walter Duranty, the New York Times’ Moscow correspondent at the time, quickly dismissed famine reports trickling out of Stalin’s socialist worker’s paradise:
“Conditions are bad, but there is no famine.”
His pioneering fake-news reporting won the Times a Pulitzer Prize.
Duranty successors continue to promote Ocasio-Cortez version of Democratic-Socialism
Under similar circumstances, we can foresee mainstream media true believer Thomas Friedmans breathlessly reporting that Americans who freeze or starve under the dictates of a Democratic-Socialist Green New Deal are racist homophobes and rightwing reactionaries who died rather than embracing a “future that works.”
As stated earlier, Democratic-Socialism is a lot like modern art. It can’t stand on its own without someone to provide a gushing description of praise to accompany the misshapen monstrosity we see before our eyes.
In his book “The Painted Word,” Tom Wolfe recalled a New York Times critic saying art that lacked “a persuasive theory” lacked “something crucial.”
And with that, Wolf had an epiphany:
“Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it, I can’t see a painting.”
A new dialectic for America
Here’s something that goes beyond theory.
The vapid ignoramus Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez version of the “art” of Democratic-Socialism would have us ignore the ugly image of a dying Democratic-Socialist Venezuela. Instead of that horrifying reality, Ocasio-Cortez presents us with a shiny plaque describing the not-so-persuasive theory of Democratic- Socialism. But the clean, green mirage of the Ocasio-Cortez version of this odious and murderous fantasy is not a very “persuasive theory” at all.
Top Image: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. MSNBC screen capture.