[Marxism] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on socialism
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Sun Jul 1 10:25:07 MDT 2018
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Let me talk about some of your policy positions. First, explain this to me.
You were endorsed by a group, the democratic socialists. And you have
embraced this label. And I think The New York Times has a headline this
morning, that sort of, ‘Millennials have embraced socialism.’ What is your
definition of democratic socialist?
Well, for me, again, and there's so much focus on this endorsement. But I
also think it's important that an important part of my strategy in winning
was building a broad based coalition of people. So while there's the focus
on this one aspect of the coalition and to me, you know, to answer your
question, the definition of democratic socialism to me, again, is the fact
that in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no American should be too poor
to live. And to me, that means every working class American in this country
should have access to dignified health care. Should actually be able to see
a doctor without going broke. It means you should be able to send your kids
to college and trade school if they so choose. And no person should feel
precarious or unstable in their access to housing as our economy develops.
Some Democrats are afraid of the S word. Older Americans hear socialism and
they tie it to sort of ugly governments from Europe and the past. Do you --
how do you sell this to an older generation?
Well, I think, you know, as the clip from Schumer showed earlier, Democrats
are a big tent party. You know, I'm not trying to impose an ideology on
all, you know, several hundred members of Congress. But I do think that,
once again, it's not about selling an -ism or an ideology or a label or a
color. This is about selling our values.
Are you a democratic socialist? Is that what you'd call yourself or you
don't want that label?
I mean, it's part of what I am. It's not all of what I am. And I think that
that's a very important distinction. I'm an educator. I'm an organizer. And
I believe that what we're really seeing is just a movement for health care,
housing and education in the United States.
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