Now that she’s no longer on any Congressional committees, the incendiary Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a first-term Congresswoman, is focusing on… something. On Sunday, she posted a rambling diatribe on Twitter in which she complained about what she called “Corporate Communism,” but what exactly she meant by her ranting isn’t entirely clear. She complained about “employment policies, rules for customers, and the woke mentality of inequality,” so does she think that basic guidelines for workplace conduct are bad? Obviously, many establishments have recently imposed mask-wearing demands amidst the pandemic, but she cast this complaint in broader terms and displayed a stunningly petty insistence on being pointlessly contrarian.
Greene commented, in part, as follows:
‘I’m focused on building an American free market economy protecting free speech. Allowing the businesses with the highest creativity & best end user experience to compete. Driving prices low, quality and service high, and putting American’s first. Made in America! We must end Corporate Communism. The Silicon Valley cartel controlling social media, free speech, and even targeting to take down rising competition, like Parler, must be stopped. The way to stop it is in the free market, while we still can.’
Does she even know what the word Communism actually means? Corporate Communism seems self-contradictory. Communism is a far-left system of community organization in which control is held by workers rather than elite corporate puppeteers, although in practice, the form that this control actually takes varies. Obviously there’s plenty of space for serious abuse of power within Communist systems — as history has repeatedly proven — but pretending like imaginary corporate conspiracies singling out conservatives are somehow on par with the historical atrocities committed in the name of Communism is ridiculous. Joseph Stalin’s Soviet regime was responsible for the deaths of huge numbers of people. Placing mild conservative inconvenience on the same level as that tragedy is wildly unhinged.
In a strangely convoluted attempt at a metaphor, Greene added as follows:
‘A bully can’t bully you anymore when you decide to leave their house and stop eating their food. A meal is enjoyed so much more in a home where you are welcomed and accepted just as you are. America is the only country on Earth that gives us the freedom to work hard to pursue happiness. To create, compete, and achieve. And by doing so, we can leave the bullies powerless.’
There are some issues here. In terms of the foundational metaphor, is she implying that an imaginary “bully” would give meals to their targets? Why would they do that? Her characterization of the so-called bullying that right-wingers have faced as because of their identity, or something, is also ridiculous. Criticism of Greene’s past repeated expressions of apparent support for executing prominent Democrats isn’t representative of some kind of effort to attack conservatives on some weirdly personal level. Rather, the criticism is representative of the fact that, in sane society, calling for the murder of those with whom you disagree is generally thought of as bad, to say the least!
Also — no, the United States is not the “only country on Earth” with the “freedom to work hard” for happiness. There are so many countries where people can found small businesses — so many!
Check out her rant below:
Check out Twitter’s response below: