Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at SXSW

March 12, 2019153 min
Bill Nye the Science Guy.“As you may know, I’m a white guy,” Nye began his address to Ocasio-Cortez. “I belong to two unions. But I think the problem on both sides is fear. People of my ancestry are afraid of having to pay for everything as immigrants come into this country. The people who work at the diner in Alabama are afraid to try to ask for what’s reasonable. So do you have a plan to work with people in Congress that are afraid?”Nye said this fear related particularly to climate change and cited Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the United States Constitution, which “promote[s] the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”
“I think one of the keys to dismantling fear is dismantling zero-sum mentality,” What does that mean? It means rejecting outright the logic that says someone else’s gain necessitates my loss, and that my gain must necessitate someone else’s loss, and must come at the cost of another person. We are increasing our capacities for productivity. We can give without a take.“We’re viewing progress as a cost instead of just as an investment,” The difference between a cost and an investment is an investment yields returns. And when we choose to invest in our systems, we are choosing to create wealth. And when we all invest in them, the wealth is for all of us, too.”AOC The Daily Dot

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