It’s summer. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water that is your work, with a great tax break from President Trump and optimism about your future at all-time highs, the narrative is being put in place, again, of how socialism can raise the tide and all boats with it.
The ignorance of youth, in the form of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic Socialist (Communist, but she doesn’t get it yet) is being hailed as an entrepreneur by the lemmings who write for the American left. The utopian fascination by those who know no history is alive and well, and is attempting to guide you and your business into utter ruin. A simple yes or no question to you.
Do things like Democratic Socialism, Bernie Sanders, community organizer, progressive platform, free college, etc., etc. strike fear in your heart and business?
So many problems, so little time. As far as the Arctic is from the Antarctic, the alpha to the omega, is socialism to entrepreneurship. Juxtaposing the young Ocasio-Cortez as proxy for this ideology seems appropriate, as she is the latest in a long line of incorrect philosophers on our economy and society to not comprehend. I feel I can say this as the grandson of an immigrant. However, the inclusive and diverse left is not interested in my white male European lineage, even though they were Calabrian, darker in color than most. The Orwellian Animal Farm would be lost on Ocasio-Cortez, with its “two legs bad, four legs good” thought. One wonders how her rabid, anti-American Boston College faculty would poison her in this regard.
Honestly, how hard could it be to unseat a white man in a liberal New York district by a progressive, socialist, Hispanic, community organizing woman. Did I forget anything? Very important to check all of the Orwellian boxes. Inc. Magazine, the voice for American start-ups, lauded the 28-year-old wunderkind (their words) as an entrepreneur, who in 2011 launched a publishing venture through a local startup network, Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, which charges some $195 per month for shared work space and business advice.
One wonders what that business advice would be from the then 22-year-old community organizer. I would imagine grants were involved, because how could a good socialist entrepreneur every charge for services rendered. I can just imagine the big American flag on the wall with a 51st star added for Puerto Rico. As an aside, I wonder what her advice would be to investors in the Puerto Rican junk bonds. Like most small businesses, the Sunshine Incubator failed. Or was it the Brook Avenue Press. Whatever.
Jeffrey Deasy, the resident business counselor at the non-profit Business Outreach Center Network based in Brooklyn (another oxymoron) sees a vote for Ocasio-Cortez as a potential vote for an across-the-board $15 minimum wage–and that, he says, stands to benefit local companies. Interesting. Which part of the increased business expense benefits the business? That must have been learned in the not-for-profit MBA school he didn’t go too. Don’t those entrepreneurs just try to break even? I must admit, I achieve a modicum of hubris in lampooning these, how shall I say, socialist entrepreneurs. As Limbaugh might conjecture, it really isn’t a fair fight right now, so I will tie my brain in half to level the playing field.
Remember boys and girls, if it’s free (college education, healthcare, basic income, yadda yadda), it is probably too good to be true entrepreneurship.