Conservative columnist George Will has a blistering new column for the Washington Post in which he angrily decries President Trump’s handouts to farmers hurt by his trade war.
The column opens by comparing Trump to Leon Trotsky and quoting Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who compared Trump’s policies to the Soviets.
“Protectionism, and the promiscuous and capricious government interventions that inevitably accompany it is, always and everywhere, crony capitalism,” Will writes.
Will talks about how the president is choosing to hand out money to supporters hurt by tariffs from the Trump trade war—but that he’s doing it according to hims own “whims” and leaving some to bear the brunt of it.
“Now do you see what Friedrich Hayek meant when he said that socialism puts a society on the road to serfdom?” Will asks. “Protectionism — government coercion supplanting the voluntary transactions of markets in the allocation of wealth and opportunity — is socialism for the well connected. But, then, all socialism favors those adept at manipulating the state. ”
Will also compares Trump unfavorably to Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Bronx.
“There is a Republican president who can teach Ocasio-Cortez a thing or two about the essence of socialism,” he writes.
Read the full piece here.