I came across this enlightening nugget today about AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez):
Big Ideas for Taxes and Medicare
"...2.4 million followers on Twitter alone..."
If AOC is the future of our country, our future is bleak. If her fans think unreasonable tax rates will end at the "tippy tops," they are sadly mistaken.
AOC's financial system would be run like No Child Left Behind: bringing every taxpayer down to the lowest common denominator, that being the unemployed person who does not wish to change his or her status.
The folklore of Robin Hood always leaves out the part where the 'wicked' wealthy that Robin was robbing finally got the message and left the country, leaving the poor to starve on their own. I mean, let's get real. If I were a "tippy top," I'd immediately say screw this and jump ship to ply my trade elsewhere.
I try to avoid balling all millennials into the same lazy, ignorant, entitled group. But if AOC is eventually able to actually give her constituents what they think they want, the greatest democratic civilization in history will ironically become just one more cautionary tale regarding socialism.
Here's a quote that some science fiction fans may recognize:
"Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader--the barbarians enter Rome." ---Robert A. Heinlein from "To Sail Beyond the Sunset"
In the vernacular of the post-modern 'realist,' Ocasio-Cortez is hot. Unfortunately, hot only stops a barbarian spear in a Netflix original movie; in real life people actually bleed to death for antiquated ideas like the freedom to keep what they earn.
Heinlein's passage reflects the now-famous quote people can't seem to agree upon, in terms of who originally wrote it, but nevertheless stands as a testimony to historical truth:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
"Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency to bondage."
Be honest. Which stage do you think we are in now?