Throughout history, a revolution has sparked change. Normally, positive change. At least that’s what Hollywood, books and many versions of your history texts depict. However, it’s path is messy and complicated; yet, its source is simple, inequality and injustice. The oppressed masses reach their destitute limit and some random spark for advancement ignites a movement, as so powerfully portrayed in the TV anchor scene from the 1976 movie Network…, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”
Today’s charged political atmosphere appears to be sowing the seeds of revolution. Protests are erupting in our streets and revolutionary-like markers are popping up all over social media crying out for the downtrodden masses to resist against capitalistic conservative elitists—personified in President Trump.
But where is the spark? The random event or person to enlighten the huddled masses to their plight and a righteous spot in American society? Well, folks, it may already be here? What is consistent about revolution is not that it is unexpected but that the catalyst to deliver it is unpredictable.
And that catalyst may just have happened in the form of an unprecedented democratic victory in the congressional 14th district of New York.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez defeated longtime Democratic incumbent and Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, in one of the biggest upset victories in the 2018 midterm election primaries. Cortez’s victory has set in motion a potential socialist revolt against capitalism and the status quo–what many would consider traditional American principles.
Since her election, Cortez’s Twitter and Instagram following have skyrocketed into the millions. Even queries on social media about socialism have gone up over 1500%. Her progressive influence is unquestionable, and her principles are change-based—not just changing the democratic platform but undoing the entire way we govern, our constitution, and ultimately our American traditions.
Is this the spark that revolution needs?