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    Saikat Chakrabarti: The techie behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    https://www.indiaabroad.com/indian-a...98a2205ce.html



    Saikat Chakrabarti, on the phone, has been appointed chief of staff to newly-elected New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Seen here are Chakrabarti and Ocasio-Cortez after she posed for the 116th Congress members-elect group photo on the East Front Plaza of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on November 14, 2018. (/Getty Images)

    Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff to newly-elected New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been named among Politico’s “Power List,” of people to watch in 2019. The list, Politico says, “highlights politicians, activists and operatives across the country who are positioned to play a critical role in the political landscape leading up to 2020.”

    The Fort Worth Texas native and a Harvard graduate spent nearly eight years in Silicon Valley before shifting gears. Post Harvard, after a brief stint on Wall Street, Chakrabarti went to California, where he co-founded Mockingbird, a web design tool, and then built up the product team at the payment processor Stripe.

    But in 2015, he left the tech space and went to work for Bernie Sanders. After graduation, Chakrabarti wanted to start his own company, Politico says, but he was slowing getting disillusioned by the industry. “You have to decide to create the society you want to create,” he told Politico, “and that’s done through politics.”

    On his decision to join Sanders’ campaign, Chakrabarti told Rolling Stone that while he wasn’t “entirely sure he [Sanders] had all the right solutions,” he knew “he was talking about the right problems.” It was at Sander’s campaign that Chakrabarti met Alexandra Rojas and Corbin Trent. All three ended up on the campaign’s “Distributed Organizing Team.” Chakrabarti told Rolling Stone that the team’s responsibilities included “harnessing any and all of the volunteer energy that existed beyond the early primary states.” They traveled around the country canvassing and leading phone-banks.

    After Sander’s campaign, Chakrabarti, along with Rojas and Trent, cofounded the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, and served as its executive director. Justice Democrats joined hands with Brand New Congress, also cofounded by Chakrabarti. Together, they aimed to recruit 400 candidates by asking people to nominate individuals from their own communities. According DC Beat, “party affiliation didn’t matter; candidates had to want health care for all, a living wage, and to want money not to rule all in politics.” They ended up with 12,000 applications, out of which 12 ran for primaries, and one won a seat in Congress: Ocasio-Cortez.

    Chakrabarti told Rolling Stone that caring too much about a win ratio is part of the reason he believes the Democratic Party would never have recruited Ocasio-Cortez. “We’re OK losing 90 percent of our races, if it means that the ones we win cause the kind of shift in thinking about what’s possible — like Alexandria’s race honestly did,” Chakrabarti told the magazine. “So that’s a different way of measuring success.”

    He has big policy dreams, like a “Green New Deal,” which, Politico says would tackle everything from mitigating climate change to transforming the American economy, and criminal justice reform. He wants to lay the groundwork now to make them realities. “Another thing to really do over the next two years is to basically show the American people what will be possible if the Democrats win the House, the Senate and the presidency in 2020, and that means putting our best foot forward,” Chakrabarti told Politico.“It means putting the most ambitious, the boldest, the biggest things we can, and then just build a movement around that.”



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    It came from Silicon Valley. Typical. The only good thing to come out of that place in the last fifteen years is Mencius Moldbug.
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    The counter-revolution will not be televised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    https://twitter.com/MahgdalenRose/st...51849384726528

    Holy $#@!, he's connected to Stripe? Those are the guys behind all sorts of shenanigans getting right-wingers kicked off of PayPal or Patreon. This is quite the rabbit hole.
    NeoReactionary. American High Tory.

    The counter-revolution will not be televised.

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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff speaks out

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/201...peaks-out.cnn/
    Video at link.
    02/03/2019

    Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, talks with Brian Stelter about the lawmaker's use of social media to advance policy proposals and answer conservative critics. "She's able to do things very quickly because she has a pulse on where the people are," Chakrabarti says.

    https://twitter.com/brianstelter/sta...61501085847552


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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePaleoLibertarian View Post
    It came from Silicon Valley. Typical. The only good thing to come out of that place in the last fifteen years is Mencius Moldbug.
    So, they give her Saikat Chakrabarti, straight from the Sanders campaign, and they give her twice as much free publicity as the rest of Congress combined. And then they credit her success to Saikat Chakrabarti, even though winning one Bronx election and getting more free publicity than the rest of Congress combined are her only successes in her whole life, she's not responsible for the free publicity, and free publicity will buy you a dozen Bronx elections all by itself. Absolutely none of which really required Saikat Chakrabarti to lift a finger.

    And you're buying this bull$#@!?
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    There's not a liberty lover on the planet who isn't called a liberal by the right, and a con by the left.
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    Only Q or a civil war will save us

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    And you're buying this bull$#@!?
    No. She came with all her ideas on her own.



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    Quote Originally Posted by enhanced_deficit View Post
    What is the morale of this story, "behind every great famous political rising star is Michael Jackson's Rabbi a great techie" ?
    Some of those stars are dumb as a rock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    Some of those stars are dumb as a rock?
    It is said politicians are a reflection of the masses.

    But more importantly, media often creates "stars" and many of media owners are not America-Firsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enhanced_deficit View Post
    many of media owners are not America-Firsters.
    probably an understatement



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