[Marxism] Fwd: When Chivalry Fails: St. Bernard and the Machine
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Fri Feb 5 17:38:25 MST 2016
In reality, the Sanders revolution was over before it started. The
revolutionary aspiration expired the moment Sanders to run in the
Democratic Party primaries, instead of as an independent, where he might
have proved a real menace to the neoliberal establishment.
Revolutions aren’t led by well-meaning wimps. Revolutions are about
seizing power. They are about righting wrongs. Revolutions demand fierce
confrontation and, as Robespierre might say, sharply-administered
accountability. But Sanders was never interested in a real revolution.
He’s more Hubert Humphrey than Che Guevara–a timid reformer, an old-time
liberal ranting in the antechambers of a party that has long since made
its Faustian bargain with the agents of austerity. For the Democrats,
there’s no going back from that deal of shame.
Left and right, the sour mood of the country burns for a true political
and economic rebellion. It may well happen. But look for it out on the
streets, not in the hollow rituals of these elections.
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