Some years back, my wife and I watched a Swedish flick called Let the Right One In, which deals with the relationship between a 12-year-old boy and the strange girl who moves in next door to him. As the story develops, we find out that the girl—who looks the same age as our protagonist—is in reality much older, because she also happens to be a vampire. Now before you go rolling your eyes, understand that this was pre-Twilight when there was still some pretty decent vampire fare to be found, so instead of an androgynous bloodsucker pining away for a dull high-school chick, we have a complicated tale of murder, revenge—and a rather unlikely friendship that develops as a result.
So what does any of this have to do with socialism and the Green New Deal? Well, I’ll tell ya: One of the things about the movie that struck me most was the setting. The Sweden depicted here is not the paradise that Europhile progressives in this country would have you believe. Quite the opposite, it’s downright bleak—a dark, snowbound landscape populated by ashen faces and filled with hopelessness, in which everybody lives in tiny, subsidized high-rise flats that are virtually indistinguishable from one another. The director obviously chose the locale to complement the story—this is an existential film, after all, and a Swedish one at that—but the impression I took away from it was probably not one that he had intended.
That’s because after the movie ended, I turned to my wife and told her, “You know how they herded those people into crummy government housing all clustered together in cities like that? That’s how the socialists want us all to live.”
I’ve always said that if it’s one thing the wannabe central planner busybodies can’t stand, it’s the middle class. After all, who are we to want a slice of the good life, with our spacious single-family suburban homes, SUVs, summer vacations, and nice neighborhood schools where we can send our 2.5 kids? Don’t we know those huge houses burn up a bunch of electricity, and those SUVs belch global-warming carbon into the atmosphere as we commute to our unimportant jobs? And don’t we realize that those vacations we take to Yosemite and the Rocky Mountains are destroying our national parks, while those kids we love so much are absolutely terrible for the environment? Better to force everyone into energy-efficient, 800-square foot living spaces and make them ride trains that our betters will be sure to make run on time. Plus if we’re all living on top of each other, it might make us think twice about having so many children.
Think that makes me paranoid? Well, think again my friends—because the Left is all but coming out and admitting it these days. Take Saikat Chakrabarti, for example. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of him—most people haven’t, but you probably know the woman he ostensibly works for as her chief of staff, a certain Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I say “ostensibly,” because Chakrabarti is the reason that Ocasio-Cortez got elected to Congress, as he’s the guy who auditioned her for the role Spice Girls style and engineered her stunning primary upset of a longtime Democrat incumbent. Since he’s the one with the brains and the money, I’m guessing that the orders go from Chakrabarti to AOC, rather than the other way around.
Anyway, Chakrabarti made this rather incredible admission to the WaPo the other day:
So that whole, “We need to do something about climate change now, or the world is going to end in 12 years!” thing? Yeah, it’s really about trashing the economy and remaking it into something the socialists like. More importantly, it’s about turning the economy into something they can control—which means your days of living the good life with four bedrooms, air conditioning, a yard, and a car you can use to go wherever you want whenever you want are numbered, bucko. The environmental stuff is just about scaring you into surrendering all that willingly, rather than making them go about the impossible task of taking it from you.
And just what kind of lifestyle will the middle class be left with after the Green New Deal goes into effect? I imagine it’ll look a lot like those apartments in that Swedish vampire movie.