[Marxism] Fwd: When Chivalry Fails: St. Bernard and the Machine

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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