edward.luce@ft.com Ocasio-Cortez vs Incrementalist New Democrats & ‘Free Market’ Republicans. Old Socialist comments

Title this Ocasio-Cortez vs Incrementalist New Democrats! A sample of Mr. Luce’s utterly forgettable political chatter: in the heyday of print this would be lining a birdcage tomorrow, but in The Internet Age it will live forever!

The chief exhibit is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. By any measure, her bill is preposterously extravagant.

The Depression of 2008, and the utter failure of the Self-Correcting Market to appear, and rescue America from the greed of the  1% and impoverishment of the 99% , evades Mr. Luce’s grasp of the reality of this political moment. Occupy Wall Street and Piketty won that debate in the prehistory to this political moment.

Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand

These ‘Incrementalist Democrats’ call them the waste product of the New Democrats’ embrace of Reaganism. Warren who, with some political courage, could have been the only viable candidate, in a field dominated  by Neo-Liberal hacks, now looks like more of the same.

Posh Boy Luce then engages in a sport usually practiced by David Cameron, against the pleb Jeremy Corbyn, class bias or just ordinary snobbery, is one of the mainstays of this newspaper’s hirelings. A cheap shot that speaks volumes about Luce and his employers! Call this by its name political desperation.

The fact that a 29-year-old former bartender has gone from zero to ubiquitous abbreviation in a few months tells us something about America’s appetite for change.

Mr. Luce, in his exercise of his political desperation, makes the non-argument that trivializes the contest between the two bankrupt political parties, and the outsiders that  are causing shock waves in the respectable bourgeois press and media.

Third, Americans seem to crave a choice. There was a time when US elections could be caricatured as Coca-Cola versus Pepsi — incrementalist Democrats versus free-market Republicans.

On the vexing question of ‘shock waves’ watch Rep. Ilhan Omar’s grill Neo-Con and convicted criminal Elliot Abrams on his ‘truthfulness’ :

That three women Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Harbi Tlaib can cause ‘shock waves’ in the American political system demonstrates, beyond doubt, its utter malleability, even its fragility!

Old Socialist


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