AOC is fantastic. She says “our greatest hope is a multiracial, working class movement in the United States of America.” Righteous.
But AOC is apparently also now questioning Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about whether his property will allow lies in its political ads.
This is both a bit much, and far too little.
With the partial exception of local newspaper want ads, all advertising is a form of lying. In the hands of major corporations, the dishonesty is a lavishly researched, intricately implemented endeavor. And Facebook, uncontroversially, is in the business of advertising. Nothing more, nothing less.
Facebook, in other words, exists to facilitate lying. Literally.
AOC almost certainly knows all this.
The question, then, is why she isn’t talking about the only imaginably effective response to the Facebook problem: unleashing the United States Postal Service.
Playing naive isn’t going to get us where we need to go. We must discover and speak the truth about power, and act accordingly.