Thomas Sowell explains affordability, rights, entitlements and trade-offs to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


In her official platform, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supports tuition-free public college and trade school for all, housing as a human right for all, improved and expanded Medicare for all (including full vision, dental, and mental health care), and a federal jobs guarantee for all that includes a $15 minimum wage, full health care, and child and sick leave for all. But how will we possibly pay for all of this free stuff, and who will pay?

People who complain about the “prohibitive” cost of housing, or of going to college, for example, fail to understand that the whole point of costs is to be prohibitive. Why do we go through the whole rigmarole of passing around dollar bills and writing each other checks, except to force everyone to economize on the country’s inherently limited resources.

What about “basic necessities”? Shouldn’t they be a “right”?

The idea certainly sounds nice. But the very fact that we can seriously entertain such a notion, as if we were God on the first day of creation, instead of mortals constrained by the universe we find in place, shows the utter unreality of failing to understand that we can only make choices among alternatives actually available.

For society as a whole, nothing comes as a “right” to which we are “entitled.” Even bare subsistence has to be produced – and produced at a cost of heavy toil for much of human history.

The only way anyone can have a right to something that has to be produced, is to force someone else to produce it for him. The more things are provided as rights, the less the recipients have to work and the more others have to carry their load.

That does not mean more goods are available than under ordinary market production, but less. For the government to make some things more affordable is to make other things less affordable — and to destroy people’s freedom and make their own trade-offs as they see fit, in the light of economic realities, rather than political visions. Trade-offs remain inescapable, whether they are made through a market or through politics.


Thomas Sowell is to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as I am to a worm


Sowell is right on in his assessment.


Lol pooor Democrats can’t stop this great information to spread


Yep, great find by @LouMan


and as usual Dr.Sowell is correct, I wish some of these socialists would sit down with Thomas Sowell and learn about economics


FFS! Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blaming SEXISM for people calling out her lies now?

"The Washington Post has been among those who have noticed that claims made by congressional candidate and “democrat socialist” darling of the Left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been, shall we say, factually-challenged…
…Ocasio-Cortez isn’t happy with one other fact check in particular, and has already diagnosed the problem:

Tweet by Cortez:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @Ocasio2018
1st time female candidate makes small slip on a budgetary figure during extemporaneous interview: “This girl is SO uninformed! She needs to stay quiet until she knows everything!”
Incumbent male Congressman brings a snowball to Congress to “disprove” climate change: ‍♂️


It has nothing to do with sexism. It’s all about COMPETENCY!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has quickly proven that she is 99.44% incompetent despite her degree in economics.

Despite her mediocre accomplishment in obtaining a very not challenging degree from Boston University, this village idiot touts herself as an economic expert. Real economic experts disagree.


The DNC platform has a congruency problem and gets a free pass on it. They yammer on about Paris and climate and also yammer on about $15/hour MW. I would love to see someone corner them on national TV and force them to explain how we can significantly reduce carbon output while increasing consumption through higher wages. Force them to commit to either carbon mitigation or aggravation basically. Even techno-optimists cannot explain how it is we are supposed to give people more disposable income and consume less at the same time.


Ask yourself this, why is a person who won a primary getting the national stage from the media?


This of course is the contradiction of the left. The agenda of the left flows from ever increasing GDP… you can’t run an ever expanding state without ever expanding tax revenues (or absolute ownership of production which would kill the Iphone generation)… it flies in the face of small government … cronyism is the bedrock of the statist.