Deindustrial Revolution

Yesterday Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled the Green New Deal, her plan to transform America by combining technologies not yet invented with those of Iron Age man, leaving out everything in the middle. If implemented it will make the USA look like the Soviet Union, only run by the sort of people who shop in organic food stores and collect their own stools to spread on the rhubarb.

The FAQ which accompanied the main document reads as though a child has written it:

Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.

Charging stations everywhere, including on top of Mount Rainer. It also intends to:

transition off of nuclear and all fossil fuels as soon as possible.

A free handsaw will be issued to every household for the purpose of gathering firewood.

we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America

Every building? That’s in the order of 120 million. Although to be fair it’s a 10-year plan, so that’s only 230,000 buildings a week. Where the materials for this will come from is anyone’s guess. And who will pay for it? Pfffffft:

At the end of the day, this is an investment in our economy that should grow our wealth as a nation, so the question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what will we do with our new shared prosperity.

Better order your yacht now folks, before the manufacturers get too busy. And you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it because the plan provides:

Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.

Count me in!

This plan is probably what you’d expect from Ocasio-Cortez, who has burst onto the political scene with more energy and zeal than the rest of Congress put together but unburdened with intelligence or a sense of how the world functions outside of Queens. Some are saying this shifts the Overton window, but these ideas have been commonplace in the corridors of academia and in environmentalist manifestos for years; nobody’s reading anything new here. What’s happening is more akin to a lunatic Green party member suddenly becoming kingmaker in one of those dysfunctional coalition systems they use on the continent, and all the attention switches to them. AOC doesn’t hold a vital swing vote, but she’s holding everyone’s attention and many are eager to capitalise on her popularity:


This came hot on the heels of:


The Democrat party is out of control, lurching leftwards past the likes of Bernie Sanders to where the buses don’t run, stoked by hotheads like AOC. Once again, the parallels between what’s happening to them and what Momentum did to the British Labour party are obvious. I’ve said it several times recently, but AOC is turning into a real problem for the Democrats. She’s stealing all their airtime and using it to promote swivel-eyed lunacy which has the party name stamped right on it. When she pauses for breath the cameras switch to the scarcely more sane Kamala Harris, or Elizabeth Warren who is fast being chucked under the bus but still insists she did nothing wrong by calling herself a red Indian. What the Democrats are screaming out for is someone who is halfway smart and not nuts, and they’re coming up short. This is telling:

Nancy Pelosi isn’t all that impressed. Asked about the “Green New Deal” in an interview with Politico on Wednesday, Pelosi dropped this amazing bit of shade on it:
“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”

Nancy Pelosi may be several things, but she’s not stupid and she’s been around a long time. She knows exactly how this sort of plan will go down outside New York city and coastal California, not to mention those who underwrite American politics. You don’t get to be worth $29m on a $223k lawmaker’s salary by annoying corporate America and promoting insane socialist policies. But I have a feeling her biggest challenge is going to be putting a leash on the likes of AOC and Harris, and somehow finding somebody who isn’t a lunatic or an idiot to represent the party going forward. Any idea who that might be?

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24 thoughts on “Deindustrial Revolution

  1. You go far enough loony left and you’ll find you’re stuck with no way back. If you try then someone else who is more authentically insane and impractical will take up the mantle of Fuckwit-in-Chief. AOC is indeed a fruitloop but the Dems can’t easily row back from her brand of stupidity because she is the logical endpoint of the identity politics, social justice, green twattery that is their whole agenda.

  2. “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work….”

    Does she say anything about open borders? They normally go together quite nicely. Our own Caroline Lucas can show her how it’s done.

  3. The only dem who flirts with sanity is Tulsi Gabbard and they are rapidly taking her apart, oh and handsaws are out, burning wood is becoming a criminal offence in California already.

  4. oh and handsaws are out, burning wood is becoming a criminal offence in California already.

    Issuing handsaws while banning their use would be rather consistent with communist logic.

  5. I must admit I don’t pay much attention to US Democratic party politics from here in the UK, but I listened to a Freakonomics Radio episode that was a conversation with a guy called Andrew Yang (http://freakonomics.com/podcast/andrew-yang/). Is he in the running? He didn’t seem obviously insane, but I must admit I didn’t bother fact-checking any of his assertions. He was quite big on UBI but I don’t think his stated plan to pay for it really added up.

  6. A free handsaw will be issued to every household for the purpose of gathering firewood.

    The EPA under Obama made great inroads into making wood-burning central heating illegal…

  7. “Transition off of nuclear and fossil fuels”

    (Grinds teeth)

    Not only lunacy, but illiterate lunacy. What is their plan the next time one of those polar vortexes barges onto the Continental United States and drops the temperature to below -20? Because without a plan, literally hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps more, would freeze to death. It’s best to think these things through before they happen, not when they happen, but I’m not in Congress so whaddaiknow?

  8. You go far enough loony left and you’ll find you’re stuck with no way back. If you try then someone else who is more authentically insane and impractical will take up the mantle of Fuckwit-in-Chief.

    +1 Its always a race to the bottom as they squabble amongst themselves to see who can raise spending the highest. Its a bit like the Monty Python sketch, but with serious consequences.

  9. Politicians like AOC wouldn’t exist unless there’s a populous that support them and hang off every word they say.

    How many educated people support the Green deal – at least in principle?

    Where I work I’m surrounded by somewhat intelligent people, yet they would all totally agree that the Green Deal is a fairly good idea.

    Why does environmentalism do such a good job of making clever people thick?

  10. “What is their plan the next time one of those polar vortexes barges onto the Continental United States and drops the temperature to below -20? Because without a plan, literally hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps more, would freeze to death. ”

    Socialism will always provide Comrade. Are you doubting the Great Leader’s knowledge and abilities? Are you questioning her decisions?

    Guards!!!

  11. Clem, absence of religion or patriotism, anything that people organised their lives around….belief in something is more essential to wellbeing than many credit so green communism it is with the added benefits of virtue signalling and punishing the unbelievers.

  12. We’re going to need a very large Cheka, many informants, and shock workers to make this happen. Forget Trump’s Russia collusion, this is full-blown Soviet collusion.

  13. wiki: “She graduated cum laude from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, majoring in international relations and economics.”

    It’s hard to understand how she got a degree in economics, until you learn that she graduated cum laude, then all becomes perfectly clear.

  14. “Better order your yacht now folks”

    I DO hope you won’t be buying one made from fibreglass, with rigging & sails made from synthetic materials, and an auxiliary diesel engine ….

  15. I do feel a bit sorry for Elizabeth Warren. She made one insignificant mistake a few decades ago and handled the media blowback very badly, but otherwise her instincts are right. On economics, she thinks that markets are good, but that big companies need to stop screwing over consumers. She believes that American consumers need regulators with teeth, akin to Ofcom or the Competition & Markets Authority in the UK.

    Unfortunately she fails on immigration; as does most of the modern Left. Trump, for all his faults, is the only politician who at least might get the wall built.

  16. I read a couple of weeks ago that in 2018 the amount of energy generated by renewable sources in the entire world was 0.5% of the global total.If the green lobby wont countenance nuclear energy but wants to stop using fossil fuels then some genius needs to crack cold fusion or we go back to living in the early 19th century.
    Although the thought of those sanctimonious green bores finding out for real just how hard our ancestors lives were in those days does give me a certain schadenfreude.

  17. AOC’s handlers (as its now obvious she’s a sort of political boy band, picked by the powers behind the throne to be the face of their machinations) have made a fundamental error, well several actually.

    Firstly the only people she can damage for a good while is her own side. She can’t stand as a Presidential candidate, she’s too young. So all thats going to happen that all her hoopla will be thrown at the other Democratic candidates for 2020, and force them all to either agree with her (thus alienating Fly Over America and potentially handing the election to Trump) or repudiate them, in which case the faithful will destroy said candidate as a traitor to The Cause. They should have left her to settle in for a relatively quiet political existence for a few terms, until she needed to be activated, rather like Obama was.

    Secondly they’ve gone in too hard too fast with the Green Deal nonsense. The last thing the Hard Left should do is give their opponents concrete policy proposals, certainly this far out, especially when they have zero chance of implementing them. Why scare the horses when there’s no gain to be had? The Hard Left play book is to talk in seeming platitudes, which no one can be opposed to, get that legislated, then be the ones doing the defining of terms in government and law enforcement. ‘Hate Speech’ is the classic – who could be against hate speech, right? Yet its introduction has effectively destroyed the Freedom of Speech in the UK.

    So AOC has now let the cat right out of the bag about the plans of those behind her, indeed not only let the cat out, but given everyone a comprehensive list of exactly what it means for Mr and Mrs Average Voter. And every Democratic nominee for 2020 will be forced to either back it or oppose it.

    To be honest all the Republicans need to do is shut up and let her get on with destroying the Democratic Party. One might almost wonder if she’s a sort of Trojan Horse.

  18. (P)eople who shop in organic food stores and collect their own stools to spread on the rhubarb.

    I prefer custard on mine but whatever floats your boat. >};o)

    As for a basic income for those who refuse to work, you have historical examples of subsidising those who prefer to swap a working life for a lower standard of living. The Roman Empire is the classic example. It was based on a slave society and ordinary craftsmen could not compete with the price of slave labour. The State topped up their earnings with dole to the expected value of their earnings. They then decided to stop working and accept a lower standard of living, subsisting on the dole only. Unfortunately, they still had voting rights which were up for sale to anyone promising them more of the same. Sound familiar?

    For a more up to date example, look at Finland where a “guaranteed basic income” was experimented with:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6682477/Free-money-trial-Finland-finds-unemployed-workers-not-motivated-job.html

    But there again, I do not suppose for one moment that a) they were not permitted to vote while receiving that “benefit” b) it was opposed with any vigour and c) there are people that are NOT saying “Well, the concept won’t work at such a low rate of payment. What it needs is MORE money thrown at it …” I’m cynical like that.

    But introspection and looking back at history has never been a feature of the leftists. They have their eyes firmly locked on the bright, glittering future ahead and no time or inclination to examine past mistakes.

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