Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is generation know-nothing’s perfect representative (blithe ignorance)
07/19/2018 / By News Editors / Comments
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is generation know-nothing’s perfect representative (blithe ignorance)

It’s not what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know that gets her into trouble; it’s what she knows for sure that just ain’t so. In an impressively fact-free interviewwith PBS’s Margaret Hoover, Ocasio-Cortez credited “everyone having two jobs” for the record-low unemployment rate; bewailed America’s “no-holds-barred, Wild West, hyper-capitalism that means profit at any cost”; and decried the Israeli “occupation of Palestine.” Never mind that individuals’ working multiple jobs has no effect on the unemployment rate; the United States boasts an economic freedom score below Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Iceland, Denmark, Taiwan, Luxembourg, Sweden, Georgia, and the Netherlands; and there has never existed a nation called “Palestine” in the history of the world.

(Article by Michael J. Knowles republished from

Despite having received a degree in International Relations at Boston University, which costs more than a quarter of a million dollars to attend, Ocasio-Cortez excused her vacuity by amiably explaining, “I’m not the expert on geopolitics.” Frequently wrong but never in doubt, she assured her interviewer she remains a “firm believer” nevertheless.

Ocasio-Cortez’s blithe ignorance attests to a broader problem among her coevals: Millennials — even those who grew up in affluent school districts and attended elite universities — have been poorly educated. The educational regime that brought up Millennials has increasingly eschewed detail in favor of “broad themes,” leaving its pupils bereft of specific knowledge but convinced of ideological narratives. As early as 1977, The New York Times acknowledged the steady erasure of traditional curricula from the classroom: “It is clear that tomorrow’s Renaissance men are feeding on science fiction, not Chaucer: on ‘Seventh Avenue,’ not Dickens. Brevity is the soul of their lit, not greater expectations of their students.”

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