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Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Once Thought of Herself as a Capitalist

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once described herself "as a follower of Adam Smith, the so-called father of capitalism."

By NTK Staff | 08.03.2018 @2:00pm
Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Once Thought of Herself as a Capitalist

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the face of the socialist movement in the United States after her stunning upset of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, in June.

Ocasio-Cortez has campaigned “to see greater taxation and expansion and creation of wide-ranging social programs such as a single-payer health care system, free education, and housing as a right.”

But these views seem to be relatively new to Ocasio-Cortez who said she “used to describe herself as a follower of Adam Smith, the so-called father of capitalism,” according to a Fox News report published on Friday.

While at Boston University, Ocasio-Cortez co-founded the student-run publication called BU Culture Shock, and in a number blog posts, Ocasio-Cortez expressed her support of capitalist policies, according to Fox News.

Fox News reported:

“During her time at Boston University, where she studied economics and international relations and graduated in 2011 with cum laude honors, she described herself as a believer in Adam Smith’s analyses and wrote a number of blog posts hinting at her views, according to posts reviewed by Fox News.”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes in Mahatma Ghandi’s methods, Adam Smith’s analyses, and Pablo Neruda’s love. Her experiences growing up in a Puerto Rican household, from the boroughs to beyond, has afforded her a uniquely American experience with all the tragedy and hilarity it accompanies,” she described herself in a student-run publication called BU Culture Shock, which she co-founded.

And that’s not all. Ocasio-Cortez also “called feminism into question, writing that “the terms ‘feminism’ and ‘empowerment’ don’t seem to capture the priorities of our generation, and the words themselves sound like relics from the past, frumpy and outdated.”

“We no longer live in the same fight for equality of prior generations, we have moved to the widely accepted reality that marginalizing 50% of a given population doesn’t make much sense, mathematically or socially,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, according to Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez has touted her authenticity as one of her greatest strengths, but that authenticity is now called into question given how the beliefs of Adam Smith are the “polar opposite” of those Democratic socialist policies that Ocasio-Cortez now supports, according to one expert.

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