[Marxism] Bernie and the Sandernistas | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 10 08:46:27 MDT 2019

As I gird my loins for a renewed ideological struggle against Bernie 
Sanders’s bid to become the Democratic Party’s nominee to run against 
Donald Trump, I thought it advisable to get up to speed by reading 
Jeffrey St. Clair’s “Bernie & The Sandernistas: Field Notes From a 
Failed Revolution” that was published in 2016. Since Sanders will be 
running the same kind of campaign he ran in 2016, I hoped to find 
material that might change the minds of millennials about Democratic 
Party politics. Back in 1968, when I was a zealous young Trotskyite, I 
used to love selling the party’s “Truth Kits” about Eugene McCarthy and 
Robert Kennedy. I may have changed my mind about the usefulness of 
Trotskyism but there will always be a need for holding Democratic Party 
politicians up for scrutiny even when it is someone like Bernie Sanders, 
who helped the SWP get on the ballot in Vermont in 1980 when he was 
about to become a third-party Mayor of Burlington. God knows that I 
would be a strong supporter if he ran as an independent next year. I 
even wrote a speech that he could have used if he had done so in 2016.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2019/05/10/bernie-and-the-sandernistas/

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