Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has said some pretty bizarre things since she entered the national spotlight, but this one should probably earn a spot on the top ten.
The young congresswoman was speaking at a Met Council on Housing town hall event in the Bronx recently, according to the Gothamist, when she defended her dreams of universal rent control in some really bizarre ways.
“What are we doing to make sure that housing is being legislated as a human right?” she asked the crowd. “What does that mean?”
“What it means is that our access and our ability and our guarantee to having a home comes before someone else’s privilege to earn a profit.”
The small audience cheered enthusiastically.
Um, so it’s not a right for you to receive what people are willing to pay you for a product or service? But having a house is a human right that must be guaranteed by the government?
Phew. That’s quite the worldview.
Ocasio-Cortez further defended her disapproval of any builder or landlord making a profit. She did that by trying to argue that her luxury D.C. apartment is not any nicer than an affordable housing apartment she toured that was built by a not-for-profit organization.
“I move into this luxury building in D.C., and what does it have? It’s an efficient building, it’s clean, it has public space, it has a rooftop garden...it has clean air, it has clean water,” she explained.
Then she described touring the affordable housing unit and said “it looks just like my luxury apartment,” even though it was built by and is run by a not-for-profit organization rather than how her D.C. apartment is operated.
She concluded from that one experience — with a private organization, not the government — that every in America could have a great apartment to live in if the government steps in and her housing reforms are made.
“Another world is possible,” she said. “We can structure it in a way where all people have a right to a dignified home, and it’s not science fiction and it’s not just for the rich.”
But Ocasio-Cortez’ critics pointed out a few things to her.
AOC appeared to be arguing that we should all live in affordable housing. That’s something we’d probably need if she ever got her way.