[Marxism] Fwd: Bernie Sanders is no socialist: Socialism is his brand, but he’s a Democrat in every way but name - Salon.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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