Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) didn’t pull any punches when calling out his fellow Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) over her comments bashing capitalism.
On Saturday, the congresswoman said capitalism “cannot be redeemed” during an interview in Austin, Texas at the South by Southwest festival.
Watch Ocasio-Cortez’s comments:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts capitalism as an "irredeemable" system, despite the fact that it has lifted more people out of poverty than any socioeconomic system in history.pic.twitter.com/TUwNcP2xrP
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) March 10, 2019
“Capitalism, to me, is an ideology of capital. It puts capital — the most important thing is the concentration of capital and it means that we seek and prioritize profit, the accumulation of money, above all else and we seek it at any human and environmental cost. That is what that means and, to me, that ideology is not sustainable and cannot be redeemed.”
In response to Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that capitalism is an unsustainable ideology, Brooks took to the House floor to explain why he believed his colleague’s comments were the “height” of “economic stupidity.”
Watch Brooks’ response:
.@RepMoBrooks: "A prominent American socialist politician recently proclaimed that capitalism is irredeemable…the argument that free enterprise is bad and irredeemable is the height of economic hubris, economic ignorance, and economic stupidity.” pic.twitter.com/zpancfkFzH
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 12, 2019
“A prominent American socialist politician recently proclaimed that ‘capitalism is irredeemable.’ Mr. Speaker, capitalism, better known as free enterprise is based on freedom and liberty, not government dictate. The claim that freedom and liberty should give way to government control and dictatorship is astonishing, sad, and alien to the America that I know. It’s a betrayal of the freedom and liberty Americans have fought and died for — a freedom that has given America the best gross domestic product, the most wealth, of any nation in history. In sum, the argument that free enterprise is bad and irredeemable is the height of economic hubris, economic ignorance, and economic stupidity.”
Brooks didn’t stop there. He continued to rail against Ocasio-Cortez, saying, “It is one thing for an argument to be economically ignorant and stupid; it is another thing for it to be dangerous to human life.”
The congressman even landed a jab on Ocasio-Cortez for bragging about being the “boss” of the Green New Deal, as IJR previously reported.
“History is replete with examples of dead or dying nations that have paid a heavy price for succumbing to socialist politicians who care more about personal and dictatorial power — who care more about being the boss — than the welfare of their own people.”
Brooks also pointed to the failures of Venezuela as a reminder to Ocasio-Cortez.
“Venezuela is a man-made catastrophe brought about by tyrannical dictators and self-proclaimed bosses that are always the result of socialist policies,” Brooks said.
While Brooks’ warning about socialism will land safely on Republican ears, his message may struggle to connect with some Democratic members. As IJR reported recently, 77 percent of Democrats back socialists policies.