Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that the world is going to end in 12 years because of climate change, and the right excoriated her for it, mocked her relentlessly, and pointed out how arbitrary and untrue it is.
But those conservatives are wrong!
AOC’s statement is very true if understood for its true meaning.
What She Meant
I’m all about “authorial intent” on this blog, and I understand what the “author” of those words (AOC) meant by them, unlike my fellow conservatives. They must be understood from a post-modern and relativistic standpoint.
To clarify AOC’s true and accurate meaning, we need adjust only one word. Instead of “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change” what she MEANT was “MY world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
You see, to self-centered Millennials ignorant of history, like Miss Cortez, everything is about the all important ME! AOC’s world, the one she “chooses” to live in, the one she constructs around herself via an echo chamber of ideas and a denial of history, the one in which she says “this fruit is able to make me wise, like God, knowing good and evil,” is a world in which socialism works, trains are more efficient travel than airplanes, $3 billion in tax incentives can be “invested” elsewhere, and yes, where the planet is in immediate peril because of climate change.
The world of self-delusion and lies in which she lives, cannot exist beyond 12 years, because reality eventually breaks through and HER world comes crumbling down. Within 12 years, it will be obvious that the world isn’t going to end, and so HER world will.
Two Possible Conclusions
AOC’s policies can only have 2 conclusions. Either (1) they will be implemented and the US will become a socialist nation in the name of climate change (for reference, see her proposal called “The Green New Deal”), or (2) they won’t.
If the first option, her world, and indeed my world, and the world we call “America” built by the free market and western values will, without a doubt, end. Dogs and cats will become food, Americans who currently have jobs will lose them and starve in the streets, while they enjoy the benefits of their “free healthcare,” like funeral plots and bread lines. (That’s a good thing!) And it will all be because of the boogie-man named climate change. In the first case, her world will cease to exist, because in her world socialism works. After 12 years of it, her world will crumble under the weight of reality.
If the second option happens, her world will indeed end, because the world won’t end. The climate will go on changing and humans will go on adapting. The earth will continue to revolve around the sun, and HER world will end, because of that continued revolution.
Either way, she’s right. Her world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change (and it even if we do!) and so she has to scream about it like the child she is while she can, because reality will win in the end.
AOC is right. Since she’s right, we should listen to her warning, nod patronizingly, and tell her to finish eating her three bites of peas while the grown-ups do their jobs.