How ‘Bernie Bros’ Were Invented, Then Smeared as Sexist, Racist and unAmerican

By JONATHAN COOK How ‘Bernie Bros’ Were Invented, Then Smeared as Sexist, Racist and unAmerican as Borscht, Counterpunch Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The Democratic presidential nomination race is a fascinating case study in how power works – not least, because the Democratic party leaders are visibly contriving to impose one candidate, Joe Biden, as the party’s nominee, even as it …

Mandatory voting, swing voters and more

March 2020, In These Times articles Perhaps detailed blueprints are beside the point. Maybe, as the German social democrat Eduard Bernstein argued 100 years ago, the end goal of socialism is meaningless, while the socialist movement, advancing toward a more democratic horizon, is everything. Conventional wisdom puts the number of swing voters around 15–20% of the electorate, but Bitecofer argues it’s more …

Government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan

Lessons learned from 2008 In this case, any government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan. Once in public control, these institutions …

Only 7% of voters said the US economic system works well enough as is. 48% said the US economy needs “minor changes,” while 43% believe in the need for a “complete overhaul” — including most under 45

From the perspective of a young person, especially the roughly three out of every five young people who do not earn a bachelor’s degree, and the roughly 70% of graduates who will earn a Bachelor’s degree together with debt, today’s economy is deeply threatening. Jobs are precarious; paychecks are low and stagnant; and healthcare coverage is either crushingly expensive or simply unaffordable. And …

USA Today on Bernie Sanders and Democrats’ Need for the Left, to Win

USA Today, Feb 2020. Bernie’s not my favorite candidate, but if moderate Democrats are serious when they say their only concern is beating President Donald Trump, they should get used to the thought of backing Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. If you believe in saving democracy, the courts and the planet, and reversing the unrepentant cruelty, corruption and carelessness that define the current …

A wake-up moment for the American power establishment

February 23, 2020 Taking It Back: Your Sons and Your Daughters Are Beyond Your Command, by Abby Zimet, Further columnist Onward from Nevada. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty The Bernie surge in Nevada and elsewhere has sparked talk of “a wake-up moment for the American power establishment,” from stunned Democratic leaders to freaked-out, Nazi-invoking media pundits “behaving like aristocrats in a dying regime.” It’s also …

A Welcoming and Safe America for All

Bernie believes we must stand up for our values and accept refugees, asylum-seekers, and families who come to the United States in search of the American Dream. Key Points Institute a moratorium on deportations until a thorough audit of past practices and policies is complete. Reinstate and expand DACA and develop a humane policy for those seeking asylum. Completely reshape …

Bildung, Billionaires and the 2020 election

Bildung is the way that the individual matures and takes upon him or herself ever bigger personal responsibility towards family, friends, fellow citizens, society, humanity, our globe, and the global heritage of our species, while enjoying ever bigger personal, moral and existential freedoms — not something we are emphasizing in the US… This Is How Scandinavia Got Great: The power …

Slavery Was Defeated Through Mass Politics: Democratic revolution through the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself

What accounted for this astonishing change? Not just the sagacity of Republican statesmen, or the audacity of abolitionist activists, but the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself. BY MATT KARP, Catalyst The overthrow of slavery in the United States wasn’t a byproduct of capitalist development nor the triumph of an enlightened activist vanguard. It was a battle waged …

Colorado’s base for Bernie

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to an enthusiastic crowd of thousands at the Colorado Convention Center on Feb. 16, 2020. (Moe Clark, The Colorado Sun). How Bernie Sanders became the favorite in Colorado: A loyal fan base that kept the fire alive after 2016. Colorado Sun, Feb 27, 2020 The lights from a one-time thrift store on East Colfax …