Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent win of the Democratic Party’s nomination in New York’s 14th Congressional district has given America’s socialists a breath of fresh air.
The telegenic 28-year old ex-waitress, who lives in a one-bedroom Bronx apartment, defeated Joseph Crowley, a 20-year incumbent and one of the Party’s most powerful members.
Ocasio-Cortez’s win has given particular hope to American youth. Polls suggest that millennials, like generations of youth before them, broadly support a socialist agenda.
However, there are growing signs that increasing government involvement in the economy is bad forAmericans, particularly its youth.
Making government big again
Ocasio-Cortez’s unlikely win comes on the heels of growing momentum in the socialist movement.
Bernie Sanders almost won the Democratic Party’s presidential primary in 2016 by running on a socialist agenda. His platform (which Ocasio-Cortez supported) included government-financed universal medical care and tuition, as well as a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Indeed, even Republicans are moving to the left.