What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Doesn't Understand about Socialism
“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” - H.L. Menken
Let's hope she doesn't understand this about socialism (and we don't think that she understands) because if she DOES... Well, then that's a whole different ball of Bolshevism.
The problems with socialism should be obvious, given its historic failures. The problem with democratic socialism may be less obvious, but no less fatal. Once in power, democratic socialists cease to be democratic.
“Not so!” some say, while pointing to the governments of western Europe. “Not so,” I respond, while pointing out that members of the European Union are capitalist countries with large welfare state components. Of course, those components are slowly strangling these countries, but that’s a story for another day.
At issue here is socialism. Perhaps today’s democratic socialists, whether a youthful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or an aged Bernie Sanders, really are promoting nothing more than an enhanced, super-charged welfare state. But since they prefer to call themselves democratic socialists, let’s take them at their word.