[Marxism] Sanders's "turnout" strategy not working

hari kumar hari6.kumar at gmail.com
Wed Feb 26 01:55:16 MST 2020


1) Most of the discussion I have seen here, has turned around broader
questions of Sanders vision regarding 'socialism'. Interesting to this
group for sure, including whether he defends or not - Castro - etc.
This discussion has its own merits.
But how it is viewed, by an electorate - is prone to both ideology and
advertising.
So it is 'pliable'.

2) But no one, I believe, has even commented on the willingness with which
he allows himself to be painted as unthinking and unable to substantiate
public benefit funding. For example, why is he not clearer on the public
health care funding issue? He simply plays into the myth that 'socialists'
are free-spenders with no thought behind it.
I mean is it so difficult to read (or for his myriad advisers) to read the
lancet - See:
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)33019-3/fulltext
His response to Anderson Cooper on the 60 minutes thing is quite abysmal:
(Mon, 24 Feb 2020 08:27:39 -0500 From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
 From "Sixty Minutes" last night.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EgTXJ-49IQ
 )

3) Having said all that - I do agree with Michael M's statements that the
progressives and working class, have to get rid of Trump as the incumbent.
Having said that - while butressing and working within whatever broad
movements do come up (including the Sanders forces) - an independent broad
workers party is surely needed.

Not saying anything new here, I recognise that - except to point out the
cack-handed responses of Sanders - who clearly has an empty rhetorical, and
braggartish swagger to him. A few more soberly painted facts might help.

Hari Kumar



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