Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Saturday that, in the U.S., "if you don't have a job, you are left to die."
Ocasio-Cortez, who made the remark at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, added that "we should not be haunted by" the possibility of automated workers replacing jobs, according to The Verge.
"We should be excited by that. But the reason we're not excited by it is because we live in a society where if you don't have a job, you are left to die. And that is, at its core, our problem," added the congressman, whose "Green New Deal" proposal includes a federal jobs guarantee.
Ocasio-Cortez also said during her interview that automation could potentially allow for more time to focus on art, inventions, the sciences and "enjoying the world that we live in."
"Because not all creativity needs to be bonded by wage," she said.
Ocasio-Cortez describes herself as a democratic socialist and has urged the Democratic party to consider progressive policies and proposed the Green New Deal resolution, which suggests aiming for zero carbon emissions in a decade. The resolution also aims "to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States."