Fresh off an introduction of a historic resolution on the Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Thursday evening did not have a problem grappling with the question over whether the ideologies of democratic socialism and capitalism can coexist, saying she is not one who thinks in simplistic terms about the nature of the economy but believes the most important thing is the power and voice that workers enjoy within businesses and beyond.
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“Can you be a democratic socialist and a capitalist?” asked MSNBC’s Chuck Todd in an one-on-one interview.
Without falling for the binary gotcha format of the question, Ocasio-Cortez responded, “Well, I think it depends on your interpretation. So there are some democratic socialists that would say, ‘Absolutly not.’ There are other people who are democratic socialists that would say, ‘I think it’s possible.'”
Asked which camp she fell into, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I think it’s possible.”
“Do you say, ‘I’m a capitalist, but…’?” asked Todd.
“I don’t say that,” Ocasio-Cortez quickly shot back. “If anything, I would say, ‘I believe in a democratic economy, but…'” With a smile she added, “But, the ‘but’ is there.”
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