Bill Nye The Science Guy Just Gave Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez His Stamp Of Approval

The annual South by Southwest event, commonly referred to as SXSW, in Austin, Texas, skewed a little more political and scientific this year and made a big bang of an impact.

Joining the lineup of leaders from the tech, media, arts and political industries were some of the declared Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls.

Also along was 29-year-old freshman Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

She was a popular draw.

The Congresswoman drew some of the biggest crowds for her panel discussion in which she scoffed at political moderates.

“Moderate is not a stance. It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” she told the packed house.

“We’ve become so cynical, that we view ‘meh,’ or ‘eh’ — we view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete when … the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of visions.”

As AOC fielded questions from the crowd, Bill Nye, a.k.a. “The Science Guy” approached the mic and addressed the apparent fear from her conservative critics.

“As you know, I’m a white guy. I belong to two unions. I think the problem on both sides is fear. People of my ancestry are afraid of having to pay for everything.”

The environmental advocate asked:

“Do you have a plan to work with people in Congress who are afraid?”

“People are just afraid of what will happen if we try to make these big changes.”

AOC – who is in the hot seat for her controversial Green New Deal that aims to address climate change and improve American economy – acknowledged the fear among the people in power as an obstacle, but proposed a solution.

“I think one of the keys to dismantling fear is dismantling a zero-sum mentality.”

She added:

“It means the rejection outright of the logic that says someone else’s gain necessitates my loss and that my gain must come at the cost of another person.” 

…and in conclusion:

“There can be a give without a take.”

Nye later took to social media and gave his thumbs up, saying that “AOC gets it.”

The very fear Nye mentioned reared its ugly head in response to his alignment with AOC, with many undermining his credibility. But plenty offered their praises for both. 

Change is nothing to fear.

What’s more terrifying is being left behind.