Electoralism/Democratism

The Bern Supremacy: Does the future of the Democratic Party belong to Sanders?

This article’s analysis is consistency with what I have long been saying about the trajectory the New Left has followed. In the post-Vietnam War period, the New Left abandoned whatever radical inclinations it ever had, and gradually became incorporated into the apparatus of the Democratic Party and traditional American Progressivism. As this article demonstrates, the “Left” is now the movement of the left-wing of the middle class. What is being described in this is the future of the U.S. political establishment, at least with regards to party politics.

By John B. Judis

National Journal

“Wat is hap­pen­ing is that people in Nevada, people all over Amer­ica, are fight­ing and de­mand­ing a polit­ic­al re­volu­tion,” Bernie Sanders thundered in­to the cold night air earli­er this month at a soc­cer field in North Las Ve­gas, where sev­er­al thou­sand people had gathered to hear him speak. “People from all walks of life are com­ing to­geth­er, and this is what they are say­ing: They are say­ing in a uni­fied voice, ‘Enough is enough.’ And what they are say­ing is that our great coun­try and our gov­ern­ment be­longs to all of us and not just to a hand­ful of bil­lion­aires.” The crowd re­spon­ded with roars of, “Bernie, Bernie.”

Who would have thought a year ago that a can­did­ate call­ing for “re­volu­tion”—a word Demo­crats have, for ob­vi­ous polit­ic­al reas­ons, as­sidu­ously avoided for a long time—might emerge as the main al­tern­at­ive to Hil­lary Clin­ton? Or that Clin­ton, to ward off this can­did­ate’s chal­lenge, would be mim­ick­ing his hard-left stands on trade, cam­paign-fin­ance re­form, and the Key­stone pipeline?”

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