Ocasio-Cortez is not forwarding radicalism

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proposes 70% Tax on Super Wealthy":

Cooper describing her plan as a “radical agenda compared to the way politics is done right now.”

In response, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that both Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were both radicals for changing the nation.

“I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country,” Ocasio-Cortez says. “Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security. That is radical.”

“If that’s what radical means, call me a radical,” Ocasio-Cortez said, appearing to embrace the term.

I don't consider it radical at all. It's rather simply the left end of the middle. Radical is far to the left of it.

See the "Revenue Act of 1935."

Look, radical is socialism. The Welfare State isn't radical at all. Social democracy isn't radical either. The Welfare State was started by Bismarck in order to appease to stave off true radicalism: socialism. Bismarck was a "pragmatic" economic right-winger.

The social-democratic state simply nationalizes the "commanding heights" of the economy. Which means it state-capitalizes certain sectors rather than leaving them to private ownership.

Socialism doesn't do that. Socialism is grassroots democracy through-and-through. There aren't any compromises with that in socialism. That's why it would be a radical departure from all forms of government in the world at the national level in my lifetime.

Socialism/democracy gets at the root causes of what ails humanity economically. That's what's missing in Ocasio-Cortez's thinking; however, she is still quite young. There's certainly hope for her.

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