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“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair. Here in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”  –President Donald Trump, February 5, 2019

This was the President’s Declaration of War upon “Socialism,” i.e. Marxism, Fascism, and Communism.

After all, the three greatest mass-murderers of all time were “Socialists” – Hitler the National Socialist (30 million), Stalin the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (40 million), Mao the leader of “the Socialist revolution” of the Chinese Communist Party (60 million).

The reason Trump’s outspoken opposition to socialism is so timely, more necessary than ever in our country, is the catastrophe of America’s schools. While few were noticing, our educational system — from the earliest years through college — has been turning, indeed has turned for the most part, into a virtual indoctrination program for socialism.

Democrat college professors outnumber Republican 10 to 1 in a recent study. In another, four out of five colleges don’t employ even one Republican. And those Democrats are scarcely Blue Dogs. These professors largely come from the Kamala Harris/Elizabeth Warren far-left Marxist wing of the Democrat Party.

Those of us who have sat in college classrooms recently know that in the majority of cases what is being taught in non-STEM courses from anthropology to English Lit is some version of cultural relativism and/or critical theory — in other words, the most recent versions of Marxism. Little else is countenanced.

Which brings us to the current Star Pupil of our nation’s schools – a 29 year-old who has earned her nickname of “Occasional-Cortex.”

In the immediate sense, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be the best thing to happen to the Republican Party since Abraham Lincoln. Her Green New Deal is as much dead in the water as it is brain dead and constitutes a fabulous talking point for the GOP to run on in 2020.

Yet in the long run, here’s what’s really important to realize about her.

AOC represents the natural outgrowth of our extraordinarily biased higher educational system. She is its valedictorian, its Social Justice Summa Cum Laude. Give her the SJW PhD honoris causa and, while you’re at it, give the United States of America to China. They won’t have to fire a shot.

Think I exaggerate? Consider the level of writing and thinking in her Green Deal in whatever ever-changing iteration, with or without the banning of cow flatulence and air travel, and notwithstanding the guaranteed income for those unwilling to work.

This document, if one can call it that, resembles nothing more than the kind of swill presented to — and highly approved by — professors in today’s grievance-obsessed colleges, where Shakespeare and Milton are dismissed or rejected and actual thought (i.e., intellectual reasoning) is ridiculed as manifestations of “white privilege.”

Actually, AOC has exposed herself as nakedly totalitarian. Nevertheless, she has brought along with her almost all of the declared Democrat Party candidates (Gillibrand, Harris, Warren, Booker, Sanders, etc.), a couple of whom, one would hope, might be smart enough to know her ideas are fantastical and so expensive as to bankrupt not just the USA but most of the world along with it.

It would cause catastrophic suffering, most of all to the poor and working classes who can’t afford, or even dare to dream of, Teslas or vacations on Mustique.

These are the people the Democrats claim to be helping. Yet these candidates say nothing and go along. Either they are cowards or fellow travelers or both. But beneath it all, they are wannabe undergraduate Social Justice Warriors.

That’s what I mean about the danger of our educational system. It’s not global warming that’s the problem, as the Green New Deal would have it (though its actual intention appears to have little to do with the environment and everything to do with promoting socialism).

The real problem is our colleges (and earlier education, obviously) that are turning out the likes of AOC on an assembly line of the sort that drove Charlie Chaplin mad in Modern Times.

Imagine the indoctrination that is going on. Imagine how much more attention is paid to Marx (and Marcuse and Gramsci, etc.) than to Adam Smith or Edmund Burke, let alone Aristotle, Aquinas, or even James Madison.

Do you think AOC has read one word of any of them, much less Friedrich Hayek? Do you think that she has even heard of Hayek? What do you think she knows of history in general? We already know how informed she is about the Middle East.

This is a new form of proud Know-Nothingism. We can’t even say it will come back to haunt us because it already is doing just that.

Reforming our educational system is the most important mission of our time. Presidents come and go. Even media grandees come and go — after a while (too long a while). But education remains, shaping our future. Change it or everyone sitting in Congress will be AOC.

By that time, AOC will stand for All-Out Communist. Let’s not wait until it does.


Roger Simon is a well-known novelist, screenwriter, and founder of PJMedia.