“Unwilling to Work?!?” AOCs Green New Deal FAQ Controversy

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Today the news broke that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” FAQ had gone live for the public to review. In the document (which will be linked below), she outlines the following (emphasis ours):

“Build on FDR’s second bill of rights by guaranteeing:
 A job with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical
leave, vacations, and retirement security
 High-quality education, including higher education and
trade schools
 Clean air and water and access to nature
 Healthy food
 High-quality health care
 Safe, affordable, adequate housing
 Economic environment free of monopolies
 Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to
work”

That’s right. In the official FAQ for the grand Green New Deal that she has been talking about since her campaign, she suggests the notion that people should benefit from “economic security” (read: welfare) simply because they have chosen not to be part of the workforce.

At the time of this publication, her official FAQ website has gone down as can be seen here. While this removal could be seen as being done for the sake of making a few corrections to the plan or info regarding it, it is my belief that the immediate backlash that this particular line received is the cause.

Even for those that support the notion of some form of social welfare or safety net for those that have been affected by disability, temporary job loss, or other mitigating factors will hopefully see this and have the same adverse reaction to it that we as libertarians have had. The notion that a person can simply choose to opt out of being productive and have all of their whims taken care of by the state is not only frightening, but also, frankly in my opinion, dystopian.

You can read the document in full here.

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Killian Hobbs

Redheaded lover of Liberty, Economics, Philosophy, and Debate. Proud Canadian and prouder part of Being Libertarian, Think Liberty, and The Rational Standard as News Editor and Managing Editor for Think Liberty. You can also listen to my podcast "Coffee Shop Philosophy" on the Think Liberty Network.

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