Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the case for a democratic-socialist ideology during an interview Saturday at the "South by Southwest" tech conference in Austin, Texas.
REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: Just as there’s all this fear-mongering that government is going to take over every corporation and government is going to take over every business or every form of production, we should be scared right now because corporations have taken over our government.
In my opinion, we should be wary of any entity in which both of those things are combined, whether it is one way or the other. And that is why the emphasis in democratic socialism is on democracy.
It’s just as much a transformation about bringing democracy to the workplace, so we have a say and we don’t check all of our rights at the door every time we cross the threshold into our workplace. Because at the end of the day, as workers and as people in society, we’re the ones creating wealth.
At the end of the day, as workers, and as people in society, we're the ones creating wealth, not a corporate CEO. It is not a CEO that is actually creating billions of dollars a year, it is the millions of workers in this country that is creating billions of dollars in economic productivity every year, and our system should reflect that.
Watch the full discussion with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at SXSW: