Tag: Bernie Sanders

Bernie’s Red Vermont

It was in a Burlington coffee shop known as a hangout for “alternative” people—as well as an occasional FBI observation spot for new-left activities—where Bernie Sanders told Greg Guma, the editor of the radical Vermont Vanguard Press, that he wanted to run for mayor.  Guma was in the midst of organizing his own mayoral candidacy […]

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The Left’s Failure to Envision a World Without Capitalism

There is a common saying on the left, usually attributed to the Marxist critic Fredric Jameson, that “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism.” The late writer Mark Fisher once described this as “capitalist realism,” or the “widespread sense that not only is […]

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On the Oratory Trail in Iowa

We have reached the stage in the Democratic race when the best candidates have buffed their stump speeches to a shine like a chauffeur polishing the front grill on a Rolls Royce. Every rambling anecdote has been dropped, every hand gesture has been syncopated with the rhetoric and every laugh line has been blessed with […]

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Ranking the 2020 Democratic Candidates Based Only on Their Walk-Out Songs

Bernie photo by Scott Olsen/Staff. Lil Nas X photo by Frazer Harrison/Staff. On Sunday, 19 Democrats showed up at an Iowa fundraiser, all of them vying for the 2020 nomination and frantically trying to stand out from the crowded pack. One by one, the candidates took their turns on stage, like a presidential speed dating […]

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Democrats Are Winning the Battle of Ideas, But Could Still Lose the War

Joe Biden has spent much of his invisible primary season—the time between when candidacies are declared and people actually go to the polls, the time when money given seems to matter more than votes cast—avoiding policy details. Avoiding, for that matter, much policy altogether. In its place, the Biden campaign appeared to make a bet […]

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Making Sense of Bernie’s Sandinista Sympathies

Was Bernie Sanders inappropriately, even disloyally, supportive of the Nicaraguan Sandinista government 34 years ago? Sanders, like many liberals and leftists, opposed the United States’ support for the hard-right Contras rebelling against the revolutionary Sandinista government in the 1980s. Two weeks ago, a New York Times report drew particular attention to his attendance at a […]

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Bernie Sanders Is Rich

When he discusses his personal finances—specifically the fact that he became a millionaire three years ago—you could almost mistake Bernie Sanders for a pitchman for capitalism. “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” Sanders told The New York Times last month. Of course, Sanders is […]

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The Democrats’ Neglect of Transgender Rights

To most political observers, President Donald Trump was never expected to champion transgender rights, but since taking office, Trump-Pence administration attacks on the trans community have been relentless. Since the start of 2017, the White House has instituted a trans military ban, rolled back protections for transgender access to bathrooms and other facilities, and erased […]

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Biden’s World: Joe Flexing a Commanding Lead in New Poll

Photo: Getty Images Americans know a mediocre thing when they see one, and they’re warming up to warming up 2015’s leftovers for the Oval Office, according to a new poll. If the numbers are to be believed, the “NBA Jam” announcer could soon inform us that the former Delaware congressman is on fire. In a […]

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How Can Every Democrat Be a “Progressive”?

Defining the word “progressive” is a lot like defining pornography—you just know it when you see it. Or so Walter Mondale suggested while stumping for Jimmy Carter at a rally in Syracuse in 1980. At a time when the president was taking heat from liberal critics, Mondale reassured the crowd that he “knows a progressive […]

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Socialism and the Democracy Deficit

What is Democratic Socialism? I read considerable talk about “the democratic” as applying to the process of getting socialism; damn little about it as an adjective applying to socialism when you get it.
  — John Dewey to James T. Farrell, 8 November, 1948 Socialism, the political economy that for a century dared not speak its name […]

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Joe Biden Is the Democrats’ Safety School

At an outdoor table at a bagel shop a few blocks from the state capitol building in Concord, New Hampshire, two Democratic state representatives were gently sparring over Joe Biden. “A lot has come up about Biden’s role during the Anita Hill hearings,” said Richard Komi, first elected from Manchester in 2008. “Biden said that […]

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Reclaiming the Future

One day last February, I found myself seated on stage, rather incongruously, between the neoconservative Never Trumper–turned–Resistance hero Bill Kristol and my friend Natasha Lennard, a radical anti-fascist writer and activist I first met at Occupy Wall Street back in 2011. We had all made our way to the New School for the closing panel […]

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Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights on Biden

Bernie Sanders has a Joe Biden problem. The former vice president’s formal entry into the 2020 primary has cut into Sanders’s numbers, which have lagged in recent weeks. Already underwater with older voters, a Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday showed that Bernie’s support among younger ones—his base—has fallen from 45 to 33 percent. Sanders […]

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