How Sanders Could Lay the Foundation for a Third US Political Party Reply

A more viable strategy for the progressives might be for someone like Jill Stein to enter the Democratic contest in 2020 and build on the Sanders legacy. Sanders has pulled a Ron Paul in the Democratic Party (though more successfully than what Paul achieved in the GOP), and someone like Stein could subsequently pull a Donald Trump, i.e. build on the legacy of the previous maverick candidate and actually win.

By Geoff Gilbert

Truth-Out

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., April 12, 2016. (Photo: Alexandra Hootnick / The New York Times)Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, New York, April 12, 2016. (Photo: Alexandra Hootnick / The New York Times)

Please suspend your skepticism for a couple of minutes to consider that Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination has managed to create, intentionally or not, the possibility of achieving the holy grail of progressive US politics: a third political party independent of the Democrats and Republicans.

A new, independently financed political party could make Sanders’ call for “political revolution” and his claim that he is trying to build a movement more than a dream boldly proclaimed by an inspiring, if not quixotic, leader. It could deliberately seek to unify our currently fragmented movement cultures and operate as a vehicle for the substantive promise of Sanders’ “political revolution”: deep institutional and cultural reform. Doing so, it could begin to fulfill our country’s lofty aspirations: a society truly ruled by the people with meaningful input available to everyone, absent discrimination on any basis — race, gender, sexuality, nationality or religion.

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