July 29, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) decried July 23 remarks from Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
This is a political speech to be remembered for what she says and how she says it.
It’s an important contribution to non-violent ethics and politics – although this is not stated explicitly.
It should also be remembered for the fine way she connects the personal and the political.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s consistent stand against US militarism and for social justice evidently comes from a deeper place.
Concerning justice and peace, she does a great spontaneous walking talk on this link.
In it, Ocasio-Cortez illustrates how structural violence and direct violence are connected and argues that you should never just demand that violence stops without asking what caused it in the first place. And that the remedy is to make changes that abolish those causes.
She ends with justice and peace. As any politician should but very few do. Because, in contrast to her, they don’t think holistically. They don’t see it as important to promote a non-violent worldview.