AOC Flashback: “America is 10% Better Than Garbage”

Elder Patriot| Back in March, while visiting Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Conference, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sat for an interview with The Intercept’s senior political editor, Brahna Gray.  

It’s worth reviewing that interview again in light of her continued attacks on President Trump.

Addressing an audience of friendlies, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez let it rip:

“… where we are is not a good thing.  And, this idea of like 10% better from garbage is, shouldn’t be what we settle for…”

The scary thing is that the crowd, which was larger than any Democratic presidential candidate has so far been able to attract, cheered its approval.  That’s significant because SXSW offers a myriad of alternative cultural and entertainment options at once.

AOC also blessed us with her views on the evils of capitalism (irredeemably bad):

“The most important thing is the concentration of capital, and it means that we prioritize profit and the accumulation of money above all else, and we seek it at any human and environmental cost… But when we talk about ideas like democratic socialism, it means putting democracy and society first, instead of capital first; it doesn’t mean that the actual concept of capitalistic society should be abolished.” 

AOC’s social justice rhetoric is borne of ignorance – ignorance of history, even the recent history of Venezuela. 


Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, either knowingly or unknowingly, is simply recycling that same seductive calls to Marxism that have constantly left people in poverty.  

The great economist Milton Friedman schooled talk show host Phil Donohue on this subject many years ago.  This is well worth your time:

Dr. Friedman: 

“Tell me, is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed?  You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed?”


“In the only cases where the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history is where they have had capitalism…”


“This notion that political self-interest is somehow nobler than economic self-interest has never proven to be true throughout all of human history.” 

Knowing only what the Marxist professors at BU have taught her about history and economics, Ocasio-Cortez gave this twisted accounting of America’s drift from her founding:

“What’s really hard for people to sometimes see is that we are on this path of a slow erosion, and a slow slow slow just like — move away from what we’ve always been.  You won’t even realize that you’ve drifted a hundred miles.”

The fact is, we are already living in a form of the “Democratic Socialism” that AOC is campaigning for.  

Massive government taxes for the purpose of redistributing wealth as it sees fit, onerous regulations, “too big to fail”, Dodd-Frank, Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the rest of our bloated government, have already put the United States on the Road to Serfdom.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez believes America is 10% better than garbage.  In actuality, her ideas are worth even less than that.