Maria Svart, national director of the Democratic Socialists of America, on Scandinavian-style policies and workplace ownership.

What Do Democratic Socialists Want? We Asked Their National Director.

What Do Democratic Socialists Want? We Asked Their National Director.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 14 2018 8:23 PM

Democratic Socialists of America, for the Win?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might have scary values to conservatives. But to the DSA’s national director, she’s a moderate.

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The Democratic Socialists of America at the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, 2014.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might have scary values to conservatives. But to the national director of the Democratic Socialists of America, she’s a moderate. Maria Svart calls the DSA a “big tent organization,” meaning it makes room for everything from AOC’s Scandinavian-style social policies to the more radical workforce ownership of businesses.

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