Tucker Carlson debated with Harvard professor Cornel West Friday night over whether or not Democratic Socialism could be successful in American government.

The movement has become prominent because of politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and more recently, New York Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens) in a shocking upset in New York's 14th Congressional District primary and was called "the future" of the Democratic Party by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

West said Friday that the fundamental commitment of Democratic Socialism is to the dignity of ordinary people.


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West said that there are different forms of Democratic Socialism and that it can't be defined in one sense.

"It's about decency, it's about fairness, it's about the accountability of the powerful vis-a-vis those who have less power," he said.

Carlson then asked West how he could explain the issues currently in Venezuela, the socialist country whose economy is on the brink of collapse.

"What happened in Venezuela? They call [their government] Democratic Socialism but they don't have toilet paper and its less equal than ever," Carlson said.

West then said the United States' policies as an external nation has "crushed" Venezuela.

Carlson then asked West how a country could be successful if it followed the suggestions of the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which are to abolish profit, prisons, cash bail and borders.

West said they meant that they'd hope to rid the country of the type prisons that are currently in place, and he also suggested instead having sites of rehabilitation and transformation.

"They can be changed, they can be transformed when the right kind of intervention takes place," he said.

Carlson argued that by having open borders, the United States would become more dirty and poor and impossible to manage.

“Does that elevate poor Americans? I don’t see any evidence that they get richer or happier when you bring in more poor people,” Carlson said. “You ignore their problems.”

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