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Happy Fourth of July! The Story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reveals the Power of Good News About “Democratic Renewal”


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Happy Fourth of July! The Story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reveals the Power of Good News About “Democratic Renewal”

Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

Today, the Fourth of July, is a good time to think about the First Amendment — and the possibility that journalism, at least as it’s traditionally produced by liberals and progressives, is often a barrier to the creation of a better country. There’s a better way to do it, and we can thank Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for pointing it out.


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A “left-of-center” worldview is not that people are basically good. It is that all human beings have fundamental human rights (See the UN Declaration of Human Rights for one version). This notion of “good” and “bad” people is an adolescent world-view that is unique to the U.S. left that does not understand the realities of building a world based on political economies of democratic socialism and not capitalism. This kind of building requires the creation and use significant collective power which can often do very “bad” things along the way.