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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old, Bernie-Sanders-supporting political novice, has defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the 14th ...
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  1. Patricio says:

    Just what NYC needs, a Sandinista Congress woman to compliment Mayor DeCommio!

  2. Interesting analysis in broad outline, Ramz, but after following this story for several weeks through the twitter commentary of Glenn Greenwald I find myself delighted to see that the 28 year old political novice actually pulled off the upset of the 10 term corporate/party supported incumbent, despite being outspent 18-1. I see Ocasio-Cortez’s astonishing victory as more fundamentally a win for genuinely representative citizen government over the status quo of professional politicians serving primarily the well connected, confirming the revelation of the presidential election (that many are loathe to consider) that online news and social media have developed in tandem into a potent political force as rival to the traditional forces of commercial media, advertising, lobbying and so forth.

    The significance of identity to her victory is unclear (to the extent that her appearance favored her it was perhaps owing to an overall presence more than fitting a category), as her democratic-socialist prescriptions presumably go radically farther than whatever Crowley espoused. This contest did however test the relative importance of values of the Democratic establishment: diversity vs. status quo fealty to corporate sponsors, militarism, Israel in its violence against Palestinians, etc. Their strategy seemed to be to ignore her campaign, not give her campaign any oxygen.

    Ocasio-Cortez is not a socialist in the formal sense of government ownership of the commanding heights of the economy (major industry). In the informal sense, humans are in the norm socialist in some measure, social animals that we are; while the extent of her socialism may be impractical – such as guaranteed jobs and housing – one can appreciate it as an opening bid by the idealistic young spirit. I remember when I was 28. The importance of experience is always stressed in these scenarios in support of longtime, well-groomed establishment candidates. But clean, conscientious, effective government is not rocket science: only governing in deference to the powers-that-be while appearing faithful to the constituency is rocket science.

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    Ocasio-Cortez is not a socialist in the formal sense of government ownership of the commanding heights of the economy (major industry). In the informal sense, humans are in the norm socialist in some measure, social animals that we are; while the extent of her socialism may be impractical – such as guaranteed jobs and housing – one can appreciate it as an opening bid by the idealistic young spirit.

    It always in every single case starts out like this, right up to the point where socialists actually get enough power to attempt to implement their utopian ideals. Then the horror, poverty and starvation begins followed by desperate attempts rebellion, bloody and ruthless suppression, the show trials, the gulags, the public shaming and humiliation of “backsliders” etc etc etc etc… Do not give them an inch!

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