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
“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?”