Ocasio-Cortez’s Big Green Unicorn: Liner Notes

I have a new column up at The Federalist, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Is Powered By Unicorns.” It’s mostly about how the newly-minted Congresswoman’s big environmental proposal is not technologically feasible and the tax hike she proposed to pay for it would be completely inadequate.

However, I usually try to to fit even newsy columns into larger themes. Here, it’s that AOC — and increasingly the Democratic Party — is hitching their future to “policies” based on magical thinking. Pres. Trump occasionally does this, but the Democrats have long flattered themselves as the party of wonks, which makes the current turn that much more of an embarrassment.

It seems worse than that also. AOC also told 60 Minutes that ” There’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.” People deride this as “post-truth politics,” but it’s really “Truth politics” or “faith-based politics.” This is what happens when people decide their politics is a religion, not politics. And the degeneration of our politics into a pure power struggle based on conflicting moral visions seems to be our near-future.