Socialist House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old former bartender whom Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez calls the “future of our party," once claimed to be a classic capitalist.
During her days at Boston University, she co-founded a student-run publication called Culture Shock. Fox News reviewed some of the posts she wrote there and found some fascinating things.
In one blog post from 2009, Ocasio-Cortez wrote that she "believes" in "Adam Smith’s analyses."
"Ocasio-Cortez's claim of being a follower of a pro-capitalist economist will surely raise questions about her authenticity, as Smith, the 18th century Scottish economist, advocated free-market capitalism and opposed government regulations – contrary to what Ocasio-Cortez, a card-carrying Democratic Socialists of America member, now pitches on the campaign trail," Fox reports.
“There’s just no doubt about it,” Howard Husock, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, told Fox News about Smith being a polar opposite of the New York socialist. “First of all, Adam Smith believed so strongly in price signals, which are telling us what’s desired, what’s being offered, it allows people who are selling things to adjust their prices to meet demand – they're just central to how the whole economy works.”
“So as soon as you have Medicare for all, you essentially are abolishing price signals when it comes to health care. Because the government is not just a one more competitor or one more choice. It kills the whole playing field,” Husock added.
Ocasio-Cortez, running for a New York House seat after upsetting the incumbent, has been all over the mainstream media and campaign trail, pushing for free health care and free college tuition. She says housing is a right, and often asserts the power of women.
But again, her past blog posts show different views.
In a 2009 blog post, Ocasio-Cortez called feminism into question, writing that “the terms ‘feminism’ and ‘empowerment’ don’t seem to capture the priorities of our generation, and the words themselves sound like relics from the past, frumpy and outdated.”
“We no longer live in the same fight for equality of prior generations, we have moved to the widely accepted reality that marginalizing 50% of a given population doesn’t make much sense, mathematically or socially,” she wrote.
“We no longer live in the same fight for equality of prior generations."
While Ocasio-Cortez, together with another socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who ran for president as a Democrat in 2016, has been pushing for "Medicare for all" to be implemented ASAP, she once said the debate about it moves slowly for a “good reason.”
"Health care is largely an intersection of money and people, which means health care discussions often involve the prioritizing of people according to available funds. How can one possibly measure the needs of children, the elderly, the sick, and the healthy against one another?” she wrote in a blog post.
Fox News wrote that "Most blog posts written during Ocasio-Cortez's reign at the publication, which include articles on issues like Donald Trump’s 2012 run for president and Israel-Palestine conflict, aren’t available and only a select few were reviewed."
But the 14th District candidate has touted her "honesty" as a chief selling point.
“I think my strength is I’m honest and authentic,” she said on “The Daily Show” last week.