The Republicans are at it again. In the words of the New Yorker’s David Remnick, the GOP is crafting another “fear campaign.” This time, Republicans claim that Democrats are coming to take away your red meat in the name of the environment. “Apparently, I am a cow dictator,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joked with Remnick. The congresswoman’s flippancy aside, she and her ideological allies have not been accused of bovine despotism but, rather, the old-fashioned sort of authoritarianism.

Ocasio-Cortez is responding to the fact that Americans have noticed that, when talking among themselves, her fellow Green New Dealers freely admit that curbing the effects of climate change requires limiting the public’s consumption of animal products. Some critics have pointed this out with theatrical flair. Sebastian Gorka, for example, has insisted that Stalin himself only ever dreamed of eliminating red meat from the Soviet diet.


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