by Anna Manning
From John Locke Foundation’s Dr. Roy Cordato:
As the specifics (and many of the absurd objectives) of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal (GND) have come to light, the common refrain from Democrats who support it is that the plan is “aspirational.” In other words, they believe the world that Ocasio-Cortez envisions is somehow ideal. It is the world we all aspire to live in. But is it?
Let’s be clear. The world that so many Democrats are proclaiming as “aspirational” will be achieved and maintained almost completely by the use or threat of government force. The goals outlined – the elimination of air travel to be substituted for with high-speed trains, the rebuilding or “retrofitting” of all structures, the elimination of cows (and along with it beef and cheese) – cannot be realized without explicit or implicit threats of force.
In other words, the plan is to transform society forcibly. This has been the starting point of every totalitarian regime of the last 100 years. And, in fact, there are no examples of governments that have started with this premise and attempted to carry out their plans that have not ended in totalitarianism, regardless of whether they arose from violent takeover, as was the case in Russia or Cuba, or from some form of democratic process, as has been the case with Nicaragua and Venezuela.
The fact is that when a complete transformation of people and their lifestyles – from their morals and religious beliefs to their eating habits and travel plans – is the goal, which surely is the aim of the GND, then no one would be allowed to say no to the state. No homeowner would be allowed to say, “No, I don’t want the government to rebuild my house. I like it the way it is.” No farmer would be allowed to say, “No thanks, I want to continue to raise my dairy cows or beef cattle.” No landowner would be allowed to say, “No, I don’t want my property taken to make room for a new high-speed rail line.” No airline company would be allowed to say, “I think we want to stay in business and continue to serve those travelers who prefer flight to rail, no matter how high speed it is.” Such resisters would all have to be thwarted, and it won’t be through logical persuasion or simple cajoling. It will be by the use of fines, prison, or worse.
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