Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Intercept: Ocasio-Cortez won because of socialism

Good article showing that Cortez's democratic socialist worldview resonates with most people. Despite regressives trying to negatively frame it, the reality is that it "is a framework that supports a belief that a country in which every one can live with dignity is not the stuff of fantasies, of 'ponies' — nor is it the selfish dream of a 'privileged' populous who want something for nothing. It’s a socialist conception of the world which emboldens Ocasio-Cortez to aver, on a popular late night show, that 'in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.'

"Socialism is inextricable from Ocasio-Cortez’s success because it’s the secret behind her ability to do what the Democratic party has long failed to do — articulate a holistic progressive vision for America. [...] Socialism reveals that capitalism — a system which privileges markets over community — is not a natural truth, but a political choice to which there are alternatives. It shows that Jeff Bezos’s wealth cannot be understood as unrelated to the plight of Amazon’s workers, but is a consequence of their hardships. It reveals one man’s merit to be another woman’s wage theft, and challenges society to value humans outside of our ability to toil. It’s what sets up Ocasio-Cortez to talk about human dignity as non-negotiable. Where Nancy Pelosi quips, 'we’re capitalists, and that’s just the way it is,' socialism says that’s not good enough."

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