[Marxism] Fwd: Bernie Sanders is no socialist: Socialism is his brand, but he’s a Democrat in every way but name - Salon.com
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Sat Jan 16 14:36:59 MST 2016
Bernie Sanders is a stubborn man, a fact I kept coming across as I
reported and wrote “Why Bernie Sanders Matters,” the unauthorized
biography of the Democratic presidential candidate. That trait might
explain why he continues to describe himself as a “Democratic
Socialist,” even though any mention of the “S-word” turns off many
American voters. A recent Gallup poll found that less than half of
Americans would vote for a candidate who is a socialist. “Socialist” in
an epithet, hurled by conservatives at President Barack Obama to
discredit his health care reform efforts.
To be sure, Sanders has been gradually moving away from socialism. As a
radical student activist in the 1960s, he identified with the Socialist
Workers Party. When he first ran for statewide office in Vermont during
the 1970s, he described himself as a socialist. In office, he all but
glorified the term. Walk into his Senate office and you will see a
plaque on the wall honoring Eugene V. Debs, who ran for president five
times as leader of the Socialist Party of America.
But Bernie Sanders is not a socialist. No way, no how. He’s not even a
democratic socialist, as it is practiced in the Scandinavian nations.
Fact is the socialists don’t want Sanders.
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