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That gem came last night from none other than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, better known as AOC. By itself, it’s enough to write headlines for days. As the gift that keeps on giving, she went on an entire rant about the border crisis, diving into Marxist economic theory along the way.
Her screed—well worth watching in its own right—went on as follows:
[Fox News] “Anyone who’s using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame. And that’s a problem because this is not a surge, these are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded, which by the way is a White supremacist idea-philosophy, the idea that if another is coming in the population that this is an invasion of who we are.” There’s so much to digest here. It doesn’t even touch on AOC’s return to ‘late-stage capitalism,’ which she opined about in her forty-four-second monologue. Where to begin…
Merriam-Webster defines surge as rising and falling actively; or a swelling, rolling, or sweeping forward like that of a wave or series of waves. ‘Surge’ has been in use since the 1500s, coming to us from French—and Latin before that—where it meant casting anchor. Insurgent is defined as a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government, especially a rebel not recognized as a belligerent. ‘Insurgent’ also comes from Latin, though it didn’t jump into English until the 1700s.
Aside from containing the root word (surge), insurgent—by its prefix (in) and suffix (ent)—bears no relation to its root. The only tangential defense for the comparison or its connection to militarism comes from a Huffington Post article published fifteen years ago. That mangled metaphor was about the 2006 ‘surge’ in Iraq. Oof. Strike one, AOC.
Somehow, invasions are the hegemonic domain of one racial group. According to AOC, that group is white supremacists. I don’t think any reasonable person is defending any group invasion on any other group’s sovereign land. Monolithically blaming it on white people is sheer absurdity. It hardly warrants any reply aside from belly-laughter. Strike two.
I should take a moment to again thank AOC for the material. This article is writing itself.
‘Late stage capitalism’ is a specious term at best. It’s tossed around Viennese-style coffeehouses where baristas wear turtlenecks in ninety-degree weather, and slam-poetry is ironically performed by unshaven Wall Street-types wearing a t-shirt with holes and $300 sandals. The Balance defines ‘late-stage capitalism’ as “a popular phrase that targets the inequities of modern-day capitalism. It describes the hypocrisy and absurdities of capitalism as it digs its own grave.” The irony of a New York financial planning outfit lamenting capitalism’s ills is apparently lost on those in New York.
Like most of you, I wholly reject the term. I worked my tail off and invested in myself time and again. If there weren’t a possible pay-off, why do it? Why labor if there’s no additional incentive? Sorry, AOC, strike three.
Let’s face it, AOC needs Trump to play the role of The Dark Knight; else, her oft-reprised character, The Joker, comes off crazy sans the charm.
As always, this has been the World According to Chris.
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