Ms. Dougherty compares and contrasts the living generations.
I don’t pay much attention to AOC, but there are some, including herself from what I’ve seen, who think she’s an avatar of the age.
My brother is one. For context, he’s an avid student of the controversial book, “The Fourth Turning,” which advances the hypothesis that generational archetypes drive the rhythms of history, causing predictable cycles to emerge.
(Wikipedia has a convenient summary of the book and its critical reception.)
To my brother, AOC represents the next Hero generation that is about to emerge in response to the unraveling of our society. She may be wrong in every way, ideologically, but she is clearly smart, willing to speak her mind and has a commendable “can do spirit” — all practical qualities we’ll need in abundance during and after the crisis.
I’m not so sanguine. I’d rather just have the crisis without her or her kind.
You don’t have to subscribe to generational theory to see the signs of social collapse all around. Ms. Dougherty, indeed, points out a few.
But the more interesting question is: What should any of us of any generation be doing about it?
My strategy is to make a point of sharing the ideas and principles I have spent a lifetime developing, particularly the idea of liberty. Maybe at some future time it will find a resurrection. Maybe after everyone experiences first hand the tyranny that is to come, a few will recall that a concept of liberty once existed and was fairly well articulated. (By others more than by me, I’m sure.)
AOC, of course, is doing the same in her own way. More power to her, I suppose, except that many of her ideas, like the much promoted Green New Deal, are stunningly unproductive.
And so it goes.