Meet the New Marxist, Same as the Old Marxist
After a little tough talk (in her little girl voice), Democratic Party phenom Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now says she will support Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker, as long as Pelosi “remains the most progressive candidate for Speaker.”
This newly-elected paperweight from an “of-course-the-Dem-won” district is being given the public authority to play queen-maker by a media desperate for the next Obama, i.e., a leftist-cliché-spouting empty shell who looks like an attractive demographic bingo card for “the party of the future.”
This dynamic of young activists versus the progressive old guard is standard fare in the Marxist world, of course, as is the difficult phase of cooling their heels that the new Marxists are invariably forced to submit to by the ruling elite Marxists, just as Ocasio-Cortez has been forced to accept her underling role temporarily by the Washington establishment. This submission, of course, causes resentment in a young know-it-all prima donna who doesn’t believe she has anything to learn, a resentment which has the potential to fuel an even more virulent form of demagoguery from her during the next round of the power struggle.
Young communists are always too caught up in the winds of their “youth revolution” to understand that old communists are the reason there are young communists. This is an essential feature of progressive totalitarianism, so each generation is infected with it. Hence, progressivism is an intellectual downward spiral; since they refuse to respect even their own dim elders (from whom they unthinkingly absorbed all their slogans though believing themselves to be Marxists sui generis), they keep getting dumber with each generation.
Ocasio-Cortez will defer to Pelosi for a while, but she (or someone like her) will eventually assume the leadership of the Democratic Party, and then we’ll all be lamenting — hard as this may be to believe — how relatively moderate and reasonable the Dems seemed back when they were represented by people like Pelosi or Obama.
And then, if all goes well, Mount Rushmore will be blasted and re-sculpted as a giant model of athlete’s foot, in honor of Ocasio-Cortez’s “first campaign shoes.” As The Hill reports:
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) first pair of shoes she wore on the campaign trail will reportedly be featured in the Cornell Costume Collection’s upcoming exhibit.
CNN reported Tuesday that the 29-year-old’s shoes will be featured alongside items of clothing from other prominent female figures in an exhibit, titled “WOMEN EMPOWERED: Fashions from the Frontline,” that is scheduled to debut on Dec. 6.
And here’s “my queen of fashion” herself, to quote from the song “Beautiful Girl” in Singin’ in the Rain, to present the latest in workers’ rights style:
Some folks are saying I won for “demographic” reasons.
1st of all, that’s false. We won w/voters of all kinds.
2nd, here’s my 1st pair of campaign shoes. I knocked doors until rainwater came through my soles.
Respect the hustle. We won bc we out-worked the competition. Period. pic.twitter.com/RbpQMYTiWY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 29, 2018
First off, I have to note her Obama-esque use of the word “folks.” That’s taught.
Secondly, when she refers to knocking on doors “until rainwater came through my soles,” my mind cannot help conjuring the words, “until rainwater came through my soul.” A waterlogged soul is as apt an image for the “rise” of this girl and her “movement,” and for this present civilizational moment in general, as can be conceived. “A dry soul is wisest and best,” as Heraclitus taught.
As for the supposed significance of the shoes themselves, what a load of leftist idolatry! What are “campaign shoes” anyway? These are just the older, probably more comfortable walking shoes she happened to have next to the door the first time she went out to canvass voters (allegedly).
Every pair of shoes I have ever owned ended up looking like that. It’s not caused by “hustle,” and it isn’t symbolic of being engaged in the struggle against capitalist oppression.
They’re called worn-out shoes. Then we replace them. Who cares?
Anyway, since I teased you with it, here’s the real “Beautiful Girl”: