Talk about dimwit.
At a time when millions of Americans are demanding to be allowed to return to work, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a "work strike."
According to PJMedia's Tyler O'Neill:
"When we talk about this idea of reopening society you know, only in America does the president — when the president tweets about liberation — does he mean 'go back to work.' When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot of people should just say no — we’re not going back to that," AOC told Anand Giridharadas in the first episode of his upcoming Vice show.
"We’re not going back to working 70-hour weeks just so that we could put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives," she argued.
Which ought to go over real well with hungry workers wondering how the rent's going to get paid. They know it's bad for them.
But Ocasio-Cortez isn't really thinking it's about them. With everyone out on 'work strike,' it certainly ends the obligation of government to ensure that the private sector can create jobs, doesn't it? Never mind the wishes of 22 million unemployed Americans.
Seems it's easy to tell unemployed people to go on a work strike when you have a $200,000 a year job yourself, plus an apartment with a working garbage disposal.
People have been working for tens of thousands of years just so that they could "put food on the table" but now this socialist, who knows better than any of us, is trying to tell us that not working is better and we should all be glad to go without paychecks, presumably to live on the government dole instead.
So much for proto-founding father Captain John Smith's dawn-of-America admonition that "if you don't work, you don't eat," which came of a lot of free riders among the early Virginia settlers. For Ocasio-Cortez, money doesn't come from work. Money comes from daddy. Smith's command is entirely opaque to her.
Call it 'unwilling to work' nation.
It's not the first time she's bruited the idea, either. The idea of free money for the 'unwilling to work' first cropped up .... with her, in her championship of guaranteed incomes from her original Green New Deal. That's the one that was yanked from the website as not ready when word got out about how bad it was and everyone was laughing.
It's 180 from the original socialist anthem of "work for all" which was one of the empty promises of Bolshevism, to start, until it became not so empty with Stalin's GULags of forced labor. The work within them was touted as a restorative to gullible Western leftists.
According to Encyclopedia.com, forced labor in GuLAGs was a good thing: "The Bolsheviks claimed to be transforming humans as proudly as they were transforming nature."
Since then socialism the world over has touted jobs for all, even if usually meaning involuntary government jobs. Johnny Clegg sang of 'Work for All' in one of his South African ANC protest anthems, wheeling out the old rule of the proletariat theme. Socialist dinosaur Bernie Sanders until recently was on the campaign trail promising jobs for "everyone who wants or needs one" which left a little convenient wiggle room for Ocasio-Cortez's unwilling-to-work crowd, but preserved appearances.
Plus, lots of people like to work and get fulfillment from it. As French semi-socialist-edging-libertarian Albert Camus once wrote: "Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies." Which is entirely different from Ocasio's paradisically proposed life without work.
It's not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has weirdly turned socialism on its head. A few days ago, she cheered for the fall in oil prices, imagining that if oil companies were paying people to take their oil away, then everyone else would be just itching to pay a premium for green energy. She imagined it was the withering away of the oil companies and all their demon oil. Unlike socialist dictators such as Hugo Chavez, Ocasio-Cortez liked the low oil prices. Hugo Chavez viewed high oil prices and the threat of a shutoff to the U.S. as the key to sticking it to gringo and strengthening his own power. Bad or not, he knew which side his bread was buttered on.
Now we have her touting this rent strike, which ought to bomb in New York, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus as well as the shutdown. This is the thinking of someone entirely cut off from reality. To her, money grows on trees, so who needs a job. Or rather,comes from daddy. Big daddy government, always there to shell out, never running out. What an insult to those who just want to work and live their lives.
Photo illustration by Monica Showalter with use of public domain official picture.