The Democratic Socialists of America, the party behind Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s political rise, is seeing a surge in membership thanks in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. At least, that’s what they’re telling us…
About 10,000 people have joined the party since March 2020 alone, an amazing surge given the fact that the party’s current membership stands at a mere 66,000 members.
Party leaders note that the fear and anger surrounding the pandemic and ensuring lockdowns are driving recruitment motivators, and it’s not hard to see why. Many people who work at minimum wage jobs that expose them to the possibility of catching the novel coronavirus are jealous of middle-class and upper-class workers who can earn high wages while working from home. Others have been furloughed or even fired as companies shut down or reduce their workforce.
Still, others are upset over the fact that Republican governors are leading the charge to reopen state economies, as they fear that reopening too soon could lead to a rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Naturally, DSA party members and recruiters have been playing on these fears while at the same time offering aid and assistance to those in need. The result has been a wildly successful recruitment drive.
Remember: many furloughed or laid-off workers are actually making more with unemployment benefits thanks to the CARES Act than they would by working. Instead of seeing reopening as an opportunity, low-wage workers see it as a threat. This is the perfect breeding ground for factions like the DSA.
This shift towards the far-left should be worrying for anyone who is concerned about the long-term fate of the nation. As Venezuela has clearly shown, socialism doesn’t solve the world’s problems or bring about equality. DSA leaders who are pointing to shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer to claim that capitalism doesn’t work have naturally failed to note that socialist countries tend to have the same problems normally.
Capitalism isn’t what is bringing about shortages. The problem lies in the fact that the United States doesn’t have a genuine capitalist economy. Scores of government rules and regulations make it impossible for people to simply get out and earn a living. Lockdown orders were just icing on the cake. Many of these same rules favor large corporations that use their power to snuff out the competition.
Granted, it’s not just the fallout from the COVID-19 lockdown that is driving DSA membership. The suspension of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has left many of his supporters disillusioned and in search of new ways to express their ideas. Even so, the fact remains that socialist activists are using the economic pain and hardship many people are facing to promote ideas that would make the pain and suffering exponentially worse.
Socialism has been tried in nations all over the world and has failed miserably every single time. Now, an entire generation with no memory of the horrors of the Cold War are falling into the same trap.
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