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Fri Apr 24, 2015, 03:14 AM

The Case for Bernie: Part One........... DSA

Should he decide to run, socialists need to play an active role in building his campaign, but we also need to think carefully about why a Bernie candidacy is important and how socialists should best support and shape such a campaign.

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The real benefit to building a viable campaign for Sanders in 2016 is the possibility of uniting burgeoning social movements and newly radicalized youth into an organized force. With the help of thousands of grassroots activists, Bernie could run an effective and inspiring campaign. It would be a chance for leftists to flex our electoral muscles and for millions to see that there is an alternative to the policies of neoliberal capitalism. If were smart, a Sanders presidential campaign could help us build DSA nationally while uniting coalition forces at the local level that could be mobilized for future socialist campaigns. Using Sanders as a mouthpiece and tribune, we could promote socialist analyses and bring issues like income inequality and workplace democracy into national political debates and we could do all this not as good liberals but as socialists.


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That analysis is of course a narrative of class struggle, and Bernie could help to popularize it on a national level (as against moralizing narratives about greed and cruelty). Not only is this refreshing but it would help millions of working-class Americans make sense of their situation and the condition of the US economy and democracy. It would also serve to change the terms of the national political debate from one about more-or-less-government to one about class forces and class struggle.



http://www.dsausa.org/the_case_for_bernie_part_one_dl

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 04:24 AM

1. I'd work for him in the Democratic Primaries.

Just like I did Kucinich. But with much greater enthusiasm.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 04:30 AM

2. Anyone who wants Bernie to run needs to start NOW, if not yesterday.

He has said he will not run unless he sees he has support. Sitting back and waiting for an announcement more pointed than that is self-defeating.

And the more support he sees, the more likely he will be to attract larger donors.


Early Money Is Like Yeast. (It makes the dough rise.)


So saith EMILY's List, which will never support Bernie because he is neither female nor an establishment Democrat. However, that does not negate the truth about early donations.

If you want him to run, this is the time to donate and volunteer and/or send him whatever other expressions of support you can.



https://berniesanders.com/donate/

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 06:26 AM

3. We have to elect Bernie.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2015, 08:48 PM

4. I like him

 

There is some interesting biography stuff in the page too

The Flatbush native first became interested in left-wing politics as a student. He spent one year at Brooklyn College (at the time a hotbed of socialist organizing and debate) and then transferred to the University of Chicago. He was a member of the Young Peoples Socialist League, the small but vibrant youth section of the Socialist Party, heavily influenced by charismatic Trotskyist-turned-democratic-socialist Max Shachtman the very same organization a young Mike Harrington joined across the country in New York City. He was active in the Civil Rights movement in the early 1960s, including as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

After graduating from Chicago Bernie set roots in Vermont working odd jobs. His electoral career began in the early 1970s when he joined the anti-Vietnam War socialist-peacenik outfit the Liberty Union Party. For the better part of a decade, Bernie ran for and lost several races on the Liberty Union ticket.

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