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Tucker Carlson Shocks Himself by Saying Ocasio-Cortez Makes a ‘Very Good Point’

Tucker Carlson Shocks Himself by Saying Ocasio-Cortez Makes a ‘Very Good Point’

“Hate to admit it.”

To his own disbelief, Fox News host Tucker Carlson found some points of agreement with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism of corporate cronyism.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist and a favorite target of conservative criticism and ​ridicule, went off on a Twitter tirade Monday about Amazon’s plan to open half of its new headquarters in New York City, her hometown, in exchange for over $1 billion of state subsidies.

“​​Amazon is a billion-dollar company,” she wrote. “The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is ​crumbling and our communities need more investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”

The arrival of the corporate giant may bring jobs to the borough, but it would also cause the displacement and scattering of local communities, the 29-year-old congresswoman continued. “Displacement is not community development. Investing in luxury condos is not the same thing as investing in people and families.”

When Carlson discussed Amazon and Ocasio-Cortez’s screed on his Tuesday night show he almost had to take a moment to marvel at himself for finding common ground with the Democratic upstart, as he admitted that she “has a very good point.”

His guest was New York City’s King’s College business professor Brian Brenberg, who implied that Amazon’s protracted search for new headquarters was a charade. The fact that Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder, ended up picking New York and northern Virginia shows, per Brenberg, that all along his intent was nothing nobler than to “cozy up to politicians” by moving closer to Washington and “getting his hands on the levers of power.”

Carlson agreed — with both Brenberg and, more notably, Ocasio-Cortez.

“Hate to admit it but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a very good point,” he said. “That’s the only time I’ve ever agreed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but it’s hard to argue with the internal logic of her point. The richest man in the world just got $2 billion in taxpayer subsidies? How does that work?”

This performance of bipartisanship is actually not as earth-shattering as it may seem at a glance. Although Carlson was raised on the knees of internationalist conservatism a-la Bill Kristol, he has since adopted the more ​Bannon-esque version of right-wing politics, which favors government intervention against the interests of big business (populist code for “elitist globalists sticking it to the little guy”).

Carlson’s recently-published book, “Ship of Fools,” puts much of the blame for America’s cultural and economic decline on the shoulders of global trade beneficiaries — the once-sweethearts of the GOP, multi-national corporations. They are so culpable that the book accepts government curtailment of the free market, a notion which not so long ago would have been taboo on the right, as a legitimate — possibly even necessary — remedy for beleaguered American workers.

This puts Carlson, ​by his own admission, too close for comfort to the left’s most prominent populist, Sen. Bernie Sanders. From there the road to Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders’ intellectual scion, isn’t long.

Carlson aside, Amazon’s daylight heist of taxpayer subsidies has led even ardent free-marketeers to agree with Ocasio-Cortez. The National Review published an op-ed commending her as “mostly correct” (a shocking accolade from TNR!) in her criticism of Bezos’ “corporate welfare,” while the libertarian Reason Magazine preferred the word ​”bribes” to describe Amazon’s kleptocratic subsidies.

Even David French couldn’t help but approve.

​​No matter how earnestly the many tribes of American ​politics try to paint each other as incorrigible bands of radicals who plot to transform the country into an autocratic nightmare, it’s worth remembering how community, small businesses, and local-scale dignity still count as the top priorities for most libertarians, liberals, and conservatives alike. Disagreement on means may be irreconcilable, but acknowledging even a thin consensus on ends may do well in defanging the more carnivorous elements in our discourse.

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