Extortion: The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right. Under the Common Law, extortion is a misdemeanor consisting of an unlawful taking of money by a government officer
There’s a guy I follow on Twitter. His name is Mike Cernovich. Mike is often weird and sometimes infuriating, but sometimes he hits the nail on the head and that’s what happened yesterday. In response to Amazon’s hasty retreat from New York, Mike commented that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected congresswoman from that state would now become very rich. Now “normal” thinking would have Alexandria run away from this dumpster fire as fast as she could. Why? Because it is, or so the theory goes, bad for the people of New York, and the people of New York, or at least a certain part of it, are the ones who she has to ask for reelection every two years. So the system is set up in such a way that the interests of elected officials and the people who elect them are aligned. Right? Not if you are a totalitarian communist progressive like Alexandria.
She, rather than run away from the Amazon fiasco ran right to it and took as much responsibility for it as she could. But why, you ask! How can she hope to ever be reelected having copped to shafting the working men and women of Long Island City? Wouldn’t the voters in her district worry that she would do the same to them? Here comes Mike’s insight: by claiming full responsibility for changing multi-billion dollar plans of one of the largest companies, cities, and states in America, Alexandria has demonstrated that she is a very powerful woman indeed.
Every extortionist must first demonstrate that he is able and willing to carry out his threats. The rest is easy. Alexandria has now cleared this bar and then some. Now, she can form a PAC (political action committee) and extort donations to this PAC from any company that wants to do anything in New York City. Later, when she becomes senator or governor, she can do the same anywhere in New York State. As Mike has implied in his tweet, if a company doesn’t pay, it knows what will happen to it. It will be “AOC’ed”; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will wage a smear campaign against it, calling it racist, greedy, and of course, polluting, making it politically impossible for it to get the government permits needed for its operations. There will be pickets, demonstrations, and a national smear campaign, all happily facilitated by the biggest names in American media.
A few million dollars donation to Alexandria’s PAC, nothing crazy, perhaps the customary ten percent of the total dollar value the company intended to spend, and all of that goes away. Not only will the company not get smeared, it will get the shiny green seal of approval from the greenest and most racially diverse leaders of all time: AOC. This is such a good deal for the company in question that it is a no-brainer. Not only don’t they get tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail, they now can exploit their workers in any way they wish, perhaps by never giving them full time hours with benefits, and they can dump raw sewage into the East River to boot. All of that can save a business a lot of money you know! Contributions to AOC’s PAC is the best deal in town; their ROI cannot be beat.
But what about democracy, you ask. What about the people? Aren’t they getting shafted in this whole deal? Surely, they will not reelect Alexandria and without her elected office she will be powerless! Wrong again! Your questions presuppose some things that are simply not true, at least not when the type of people who vote for Alexandria are concerned. For you to be right, Alexandria’s voters have to be informed about her real agenda and that of her political opponents, so they can make decisions in their own self-interest. For that to happen, there would need to be an impartial press that is focused on reporting the truth rather than political correctness and one that is impervious to bribes. That press does not exist in America, and if it does, it is on the margins, where it is not read by Alexandria’s voters. The press that actually exists is 100% bought and paid for by the Democratic Party to which Alexandria belongs. At this point in time, Alexandria is shielded by her sex, her skin color, and her last name. Once her PAC starts raking in the dough, she will become virtually unstoppable. She will, like most politicians, especially Democratic ones, use that money to build a “get out the vote” machine, in reality simply an organization that delivers the types of people who vote for her to the polls and pays them to vote the right way. She will be able to bribe, directly and indirectly, enough city and state officials and union bosses that her reelection will be a guaranteed non-event.
Now smart as Alexandria may be, she has not invented extortion based on claims racial injustice. In this, she is only following in the footsteps of such pioneers as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. In her “green” extortion racket, she is following in the wake of another innovator, Al Gore, a true disruptor in the field, having made hundreds of millions by selling green indulgences to companies, allowing them to pollute as much as they wish without consequences. Alexandria’s innovation, coming rather late to the game, is a more incremental one. It consists of updating the old racial and environmental rackets and bringing them into the 21st century. No more old people: she is Millennial! Old dudes in suits and ties are so 1990’s. She is a Millennial woman, though lamentably “cisgendered”, a sin for which she has already asked forgiveness. And now we come to the big one; the cornerstone of Alexandria’s Extortion Racket 2.0.
Forget about the “broke” Jackson and Sharpton extortion rackets based on slavery and Jim Crow. Who can much longer even read let alone interpret the gerrymandered charts faked by some obscure and no doubt old white NASA “scientist” and presented by obese old white dudes like Gore. No, the “woke” is so much better and it is all combined in Alexandria’s person. She is Latina, yes, but she is also indigenous to the Americas because that’s who Latinos are and she must have some African genes there too. She graduated from Boston University, which means she is plenty smart, so who needs charts and numbers when you can just take her word for it: pay her now or you will not live to see your forties!
Now like any other business, the progressive race baiting and environmental hoaxing extortion racket is not devoid of competition. In New York, the young brash disruptor Alexandria has just run smack bam into the teeth of the established top dog mayor Bill de Blasio. He has been running the extortion rackets in the city for a while now, handsomely sharing with the Cuomo brothers of Albany and CNN fame. This trio of good old white boys are not about to step aside and serve up their billion dollar business to Alexandria on a silver platter. Now, they would have been perfectly happy to throw her a crumb or two, even to bring her in as a junior partner, but when she chased away the biggest deal they have ever worked on, the Amazon deal, she crossed the line. Anyone who understands how these things work knows that the deal had an unwritten protocol. That protocol detailed the vast sums of money that were about to flow from a hyper-rich guy named Bezos to the simply very rich de Blasio-Cuomo triumvirate. The Mafia connections that these guys rely on, the construction labor unions, were also about to make out like bandits. And now, their own creation, their Golem, has risen against them and its costing them plenty.
De Blasio has already publicly come out against Alexandria’s power grab, denouncing her total mischaracterization of the Amazon deal structure and tying her to the failed progressive policies of 1970’s New York, policies that brought about three decades of Republican rule in he city. It is both fascinating and sad to watch this established mafia with their Italian surnames being so severely and effectively challenged by the new Latino mafia upstart. This story has all the makings of a great business case or a new Godfather novel: an old an somewhat inflexible organization with its outdated business model. A business whose own greed created the competitor that would eventually kill it with all the sangfroid of a trained assassin. The de Blasios, the Cuomos, the Sharptons, and the Schumers of this world have built the perfect instrument of their own destruction; the one and only weapon that can penetrate their defenses. They have long traded in sexism (female advancement at the expense of men), ageism (glorifying youth at the expense of age), racism (creating the horrifying term “people of color” specifically to define its negative, i.e. whites so that they can be efficiently discriminated against), and fake environmental eschatology. All of this was done solely so they grab wealth and power from their own constituents more quickly and efficiently. Because, you see, extortion of major corporations is not a victimless crime. These costs are not paid by the Bezoses of this world; they are paid by all of us.
How ironic, how just then that a young female “person of color” who is dumb enough to believe in the environmental hoax just happened to come of age at this time. A woman who combines in her person the kind of limitless ruthless greed and ambition that the people she is about to depose are so well known for. Alexandria is the very virus that the endlessly corrupt, endlessly cynical progressive American elites have created and let loose upon the world. It is fitting that they should become its first victim.