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Why Martin Luther King, Jr., Would Support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Why Martin Luther King, Jr., Would Support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Juan Cole

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, at 29, has become a lightning rod. She was recruited to run against a corporate Democrat by activists of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which has become a significant caucus within the Democratic Party.

The Military Industrial Complex and the Mainstream Media have nothing to gain from promoting an Antiwar Movement.

Only through those like Martin Luther King Jr. was, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is, dedicated to a world in which Peaceful Coexistence with all nations is the most important element in life, as opposed to those who seek profit from aggression and also support the division and polarization of the peoples of the world, can we hope for the futures our children and future generations deserve.


Seventeen years and counting into the Global War on Terror, Dr King’s speech of April 4, 1967 is the most important to read and act on. The MIMIC will try to discredit any public person who seeks to diminish their power and the grip it has on US public opinion. Everyone to whom AOC’s position appeals must add another voice of support. We can’t be silent and expect change to just happen. We need more persons in Congress who have an alternative plan for how the US ought to act in the world. There is safety in numbers. Remember what happened to Dr King one year after he revealed his opposition to the Vietnam War and US foreign policy and suggested instead coexistence as the path to peace.

The powerful will not relinquish their power in the absence of an organized and powerful opposition. A majority of the Congress with the support of the people must be that opposition.