The Squad Serves a Purpose

“What percentage of the US population does the call to Communism by the Squad of freshmen Congresswomen resonate with?” S asks.

“About 55%, because that many are dirt poor and would like nothing better than to take from the rich,” I answer offhand.

“Then America, a democracy where head count rules, will turn Communist momentarily,” S is alarmed.

“Not anytime soon, because of upward mobility. For example, getting paid $200 grand a year in wages and a lot more in tips, living in multi-million dollar homes, hobnobbing with the rich and famous, formerly enemies of the proletariat, and birthing kids who expect them to endow a library, lab, or chair to get into top schools despite their low SAT scores, the Squad will soon sing a different tune, litanies in praise of capitalism, and urge their followers to do a one-eighty. Just as we have.”

“I remember you shouting ‘Equal share of wealth for all’ in our social studies class one day.”

“Oh that. I had just read the Communist Manifesto.”  

“No. Most of us were with you, though the old teacher, startled, had to tell you to go to North Korea. During the early 50’s in Korea, the war still raging or just ended, we were all starving and were mad at the elite, politically well-connected, with a lock on industry and finance. That’s why we came here.”

Some 5 dozen or so of us, high school alums in the class of 1956, have lived in the US upwards of 6 decades, naturalized, in their 80’s, financially established, some with a net-worth approaching 10 digits thanks to the Trump boom.

“No chance of the Squad winning us over,” S reflects. “Only if they would read what the protagonist Peter Bach says about Communism in your novel, The Polyglot: Union of Korea and Japan,

A naïve, dangerous, and ultimately self-defeating ideology, Senator, based on a misconception of human nature. Humans will be most productive when they compete for a larger, not equal, share of wealth. A huge bureaucracy, installed to replace free market competition, will in time grind down and implode for lack of motivation and built-in indolence.

“But the Squad serves a purpose,” I surmise, “sounding a wakeup call lest we get embroiled in upheavals like the French Revolution of 1792 or the Russian Revolution of 1917 by making America anything less than a land of opportunity for lack of fluid upward mobility.”

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