[Marxism] Fwd: The Sanders Phenomenon | Online Only | n+1

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 13 16:45:40 MDT 2015

Most profiles of Bernie Sanders describe him as something like a 
“1930s-style radical.” They are correct, but underspecified. Sanders is 
neither strictly a New Dealer, in the lineage of those public-spirited 
men whom Felix Frankfurter sent down from Harvard to build the 
administrative state, nor a Popular Fronter. Instead Sanders still 
grapples, as we have not since, with the question of how much power the 
economic elite should hold in a democratic society. Sanders has spent 
his years in public life pushing against both the New Deal’s political 
settlement and its policy settlement. The former ardor has cooled. 
Sanders, like the right wing of the Socialist Party in 1936, has finally 
bowed to the inexorable logic of the electoral college and subordinated 
the third-party dream to the Democratic Party.


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