The new rising star of the Democratic Party is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The 28-year-old former bartender doesn’t know much about politics — this week, she bungled her way through an interview answer by referring to Israeli “occupation” of Palestine and citing her lack of expertise on the issue despite her international relations degree. But she’s young; she’s energetic; and she speaks in glowing terms about rights to housing, food, college and health care. She’s a charter member of the Democratic Socialists of America, a group, we’re informed by The New York Times’ Michelle Goldberg, that is on the rise. “Its growth has exploded since the 2016 election,” Goldberg reports, “from 7,000 members to more than 37,000.”
What exactly is democratic socialism, and what distinguishes it from socialism plain and simple? Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know. When asked about it by Meghan McCain on “The View,” she stated that there is a “huge difference” between the two notions but then concluded, “I believe that in a moral and wealthy America, in a moral and modern America, no person should be too poor to live in this country.” Which doesn’t explain the difference at all.
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