The Green New Deal programs are designed to improve the ordinary lives of ordinary people. They stand in direct opposition to a project concocted in the 70s called neo-liberalism. Sold as an economic theory, it masks a far uglier face. Neo-liberalism presumes that an elite class will rule, by virtue of their status and connections. Neo-liberals can be white, black, yellow or brown, their politics can be left, right or center. But they all share a sense of entitlement to riches, an avaricious personality. Neo-liberalism is rooted in an idea as old as humanity itself.
After dominating politics and discourse for decades, neo-liberalism is finally running out of steam, from its own excesses, but not before causing economic chaos around the world, first in the Asian Tigers meltdown, followed by the so-called global sub-prime great recession. In the process, millions lost their homes, their jobs, their health, but the elite did better than just fine, thank you.
In an ostensibly voting democracy, the elite are out numbered. To stay on top, neo-liberals rely on slick talking leaders left and right, salesmen such as Tony Blair, the Clintons, Obama, Ronald Reagan, etc. They divert our attention, while neo-liberals push their agenda. The elite got richer, often obscenely so, at the expense of hard working folks just trying to provide for their families. The income and wealth discrepancy has finally reached such an extreme that more people are getting suspicious of neo-liberal economics. And that brought us Bernie, AOS and the Green New Deal.
Tempted to settle for a ‘centrist’ neo-liberal Democrat because anyone is preferable to Trump? Back to choosing the lesser of two undesirables again? Not if we stop them from stealing the Democratic nomination this time.