About a week ago, right around the time of the Iowa caucus it occurred to me that the history of America is a series of pendulum swings. They tend to come in cycles of 25, 50 and 100 year swings. In a way it reflected the swings I have gone through politically. This year the presidential race was extremely tough as 2 candidates came along that are quite rare, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. World events have laid bare the ineptness and corruption of the establishment. And if ever there were 2 non-establishment candidates, these are it. This article from Benjamin Studebaker solidifies for me just how important Bernie Sanders is at this moment in history. Studebaker throws up 2 easy to read graphs on wealth distribution that support what I have seen and what I know to be true from history. Sure, there are a couple of things I disagree with Bernie about, but at this moment in time, there’s not going to be a middleclass left if Bernie doesn’t get in. – Jim Roach
Lately the internet has become full of arguments about the merits and demerits of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been discussing and pondering all the various views about this, and I’m increasingly of the opinion that most of the people engaging in this debate don’t really understand what is at stake in the democratic primary. This is in part because many Americans don’t really understand the history of American left wing politics and don’t think about policy issues in a holistic, structural way. So in this post, I want to really dig into what the difference is between Bernie and Hillary and why that difference is extremely important.
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