According to most accounts—from YouTube college-to-Congress dancing performances to tweets to media appearances—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a fun-loving, intelligent, passionate young woman with strong beliefs.

What contributes to her appeal is that she gets what most of her more seasoned opponents don’t understand or choose to evade: that morality trumps both politics and economics. When asked by Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes about her misrepresentation of certain facts, she stated:

If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right. (emphasis added)

Ocasio-Cortez’s recognition of the importance of morality puts her ahead of most politicians and pundits with decades of experience. . . .


1. Ayn Rand, “Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World,” Philosophy, Who Needs It (New York: Signet, 1984), 61.

2. Ayn Rand, “The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness (New York: Signet, 1964), 31.

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