An excellent, hard-hitting commentary authored by Matthew Harwood who is managing editor at the ACLU published in reason. In it he discusses the Fascist underpinnings of the Green New Deal. At one point President Franklin Delano Roosevelt admired Benito Mussolini and even adopted his economic program for the President’s New Deal. The result was a disaster for the country. According to Hardwood, the Green New Deal will make FDR’s New Deal seem like a cake walk.
“”Until you do it, I’m the boss,” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist congresswoman from the Bronx, responding to critics of her Green New Deal in February. Later that night, the freshman congresswoman doubled down on her comment, tweeting that people who “don’t like the #GreenNewDeal” should “come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis. Until then, we’re in charge—and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats.”
Much has rightly been made of the Green New Deal’s fuzzy-headed utopianism and its impossible goal of reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero in 10 years. But we should also pay close attention to the plan’s authoritarian impulses, particularly in light of its historical inspirations: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and the command economy he established during the Second World War.
If proponents of the Green New Deal are serious—and there’s no reason to doubt them—then they’re proposing a return to a militaristic America where Uncle Sam’s heavy hand intervenes in all aspects of life, curtailing individual freedom in pursuit of their collectivist goals. And like the planners of the Roosevelt years, their intentions are clear and grandiose: They want the power to regiment a society of nearly 330 million people in pursuit of a pipe dream they liken to a war for survival.”
You can read the entire essay here. Hardwood sums up the Left’s environmentalist vision nicely by concluding:
“When [Ocasio-Cortez] says “I’m the boss,” pay attention. She’s describing America under a Green New Deal: a place where you’ll do as you’re told.”