Is anyone in the U.S. persuadable? An author talks to AOC and other ‘Persuaders’
by Daniel DeYoung
The new book, called “The Persuaders” traces the rise of a new generation of politicians inspired by the Bernie Sanders populist platform, but with an edge of the old world. Persuaders are a newly energized group of Americans who feel the government has abandoned them and that big corporations and the wealthy are not doing enough.
The book starts with the story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young New York lawmaker who became an instant sensation, and AOC, its political muse, who is now the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, if not the youngest member of the House. We then moved onto a chapter that details the rise of former Obama adviser David Brooks, whose writings are a source of inspiration for young people. After that we discuss the rise of Republican Congressman John Katko, who has long ago transcended the conservative label and is now a proud progressive voice.
DeYoung: What inspired you to write the book?
Ocasio-Cortez: A lot of the ideas in the book have been around for a while but it was only after I saw that the world was watching, that I could amplify them. The book starts from the idea that these ideas are not just the ideas of a few people but they are what is coming out of the grass roots.
DeYoung: Who are some of the “Persuaders” and what do they believe?
Ocasio-Cortez: The book is about people who work on the ground, on the ground, who have been working on these ideas, who have been using these ideas throughout the years. The reason AOC became such a force is because she is the right person at the right time. When she got in there and began to make those kinds of demands for the country, she became a force that