Grand Polemics Art of Mind Meeting #16

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Hero or Zero?

April 21, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tristan Lauber Studio 4848A ave. du Parc, Montreal, qc H2V 4E6
Moderator: Geoff Brown
Evaluator:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Hero or Zero?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an up and coming American Congressperson who was elected in the 2018 election. At 29 years old, she is the youngest member of congress, and the youngest woman to have ever been elected to the House of Representatives. She began her campaign while working as a waitress and succeeded in defeating ten-term incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in the primaries, which is widely considered to be have been the biggest upset of the 2018 midterm primaries. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and while she rejects the socialist models of countries like Cuba and Venezuela, she has stated that she believes capitalism is irredeemable and will be gradually replaced. She strongly endorses environmental protection, a single-payer healthcare system, and (famously) a possible 70% marginal tax rate on income above $10M/year. Her admirers point to her many progressive ideas, her skilled use of social media and her grassroots support. Her detractors say that her ideas are naive, she misunderstand economics and her ambition exceeds her competence and experience. Is AOC a rising star in the American Democratic Party or a passing comet that will fizzle away? Is there real substance to her ideas and policy or is she just a charismatic idealist?

Agenda

Arrival
5 min 6:00pm - 6:05pm
Business Session
Geoff Brown 5 min 6:05pm - 6:10pm
Discussion
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Hero or Zero?
Geoff Brown 95 min 6:10pm - 7:45pm
Review
10 min 7:45pm - 7:55pm
Closing Words
Geoff Brown 5 min 7:55pm - 8:00pm
Agenda PDF