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jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2020/04/bernie-sanders-presidential-campaign-socialism-organizing

His critics will say that Bernie Sanders was beaten twice in Democratic primaries. That much is true. After more than a generation in which labor was defeated and the Left was cast to the margins, Bernie Sanders was unable to build a movement that could defeat the most powerful ruling class in the world. But he came close. After the Nevada primary, he briefly looked like he might win the nomination — until the combined political, business, and media forces of the liberal elite slammed the door shut.

What the politicos will never understand about Bernie Sanders is that, throughout his career, he has seen politics as something more than the prizefight. He understood that real political power came through organizing working-class people and building a movement. That’s why he has spent the past five years building not just a campaign, but a political revolution. And that revolution has many legacies — from the election of figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib to the growth of the Democratic Socialists of America into the largest socialist organization in the United States since the 1930s; and from the widespread adoption of $15 minimum wage laws and the growth of Medicare for All and Green New Deal movements to the emboldening of left-wing unions like the National Nurses United and the American Postal Workers Union.

But the most important legacy of Bernie Sanders’s political revolution has been making socialism a force in American politics once again. Most young Bernie supporters would have to go back to the days of the great-grandparents for the last time someone could say that. It is a truly extraordinary achievement. Now, a majority of young people in America — America! — prefer socialism to capitalism. Thank you, Bernie Sanders. For everything.

Benny

Good discussion by John I and Emma V on TYT’s Damage Report. I missed this yesterday and saw it last night.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/08/bernie-sanders-revolution-not-over

But Sanders fell short on the last part of his mission – mobilizing the coalition his political revolution counted on. He needed infrequent voters to turn out, and despite his early success, those voters didn’t materialize. Decades of defeat and disorganization were almost overcome in a matter of months, but almost is scant consolation.

There’s still hope for the millions compelled to vote, canvass, phone-bank, and text for the Bernie Sanders campaign. As the present tense in his speech yesterday indicated, he sees himself as not a conventional candidate but a member of a mass movement. He said that “this race has never been about me” and that he “ran for the presidency because [he] believed as president [he] could accelerate and institutionalize the progressive change that we are all building together”.

Bernie Sanders had hoped that he would emerge out of 2020 as a figure with the power of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, capable of using state power to institute reforms and clear away obstacles to working-class organizing. Instead, he’ll have to accept his place alongside Martin Luther King Jr, Eugene Debs, and Mother Jones – moral leaders against the great evils of their day, leaders who will continue to inspire the struggle for freedom and justice.

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

Bernie would be much more successful in motivating people, especially young people, within a party structure that was not completely opposed to him, and fighting his every move. I’m going to wait until after the New York primary,I’ve already voted and I want that vote counted, and then I’m going to leave the Democratic Party. Again.

polarbear4

me too. first time.

phatkhat

I was an early adopter – I left in 2009. When Rahm said “Fuck the Left”, it was the writing on the wall. I felt good about Obama – until that moment. Then it was, “Fool me once…”

wi61

Pretty much the same thought, I have to admit I did think about being an official Dem , then I slapped that out of my head.

polarbear4

ro khanna flat out stated that of course, voting machines can be hacked, as part of his argument for a remote voting in the Senate and House of Representatives. his fix is partly technological and partly that the number of votes is such that they can easily count them in real time.

And yet, nobody seems willing to state the obvious. Bernie’s win in Nevada. Bernie’s win in Iowa even though they gave the satellite caucuses less weight. The exit polls. I’m going crazy here because I am afraid that no one is going to move people like they finally did for Medicare for all and for a living wage to get rid of the fracking machines. there should be a place where I can immediately go and start helping with that and I’m hoping that after the election that happens. The Twitter verse mainly ignores it, as well although we did make some inroads and more people begin to pay attention.

It’s not romantic, but without getting rid of them, as they are now, we won’t have any of the other things.

jcitybone

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/bernie-lost-he-won/609709/

But the greatest accomplishment of the Sanders campaign has less to do with moving good ideas out of the “radical” category and into the mainstream and more to do with inspiring the people who will carry those ideas forward. I am not alone in this faith. Just last week, when we spoke at length about the campaign he was then “assessing,” Sanders told me that “the future of this country does not rest with people who are 75 or 80 years of age. It rests with the young people. In terms of ideology, we are winning young people overwhelmingly. Overwhelmingly. I’m not just talking about my campaign. I’m talking about where the young people of this country are coming from. They are coming from a very, very different place, a very deep, different place than is the Democratic establishment.”

Inspiring the next generation of radical campaigners—whether they identify as democratic socialists, as Sanders does, or simply as advocates for transformative change, matters now. And it will matter for decades to come.

orlbucfan

His age was the determining factor. He’s right. It’s up to the young people now. A few years ago, I read a brilliant political essay that described how the progressive Boomers were a “bridge” to their younger cohorts. I wish I could recall more about it, but the message resonated with me.

jcitybone

Here’s a few more Thank you Bernies

jcitybone

And a thank you DSA volunteers

jcitybone

Brianna is a vice chair of the AZ Dem Party and DSA Phoenix member

orlbucfan

T and R, LD!! Praise the lawd (agnostic here)! I know many Fellow Nesting (includes the lurker cohort) Progressives feel bad today. 🙁 I do. I am also cheered to see that the TPW Nest is alive and well. Our Movement is a major part of current American history, and I am proud to do my part. 🙂

la58

I still plan on doing a Labor News thread, when I can find enough links to make it worth while.

jcitybone

More employer provided health care bites the dust

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/09/coronavirus-unemployment-claims-numbers-176794

Unemployment claims remained high last week at 6.6 million, the Labor Department reported, as massive job losses continued to pile up from the coronavirus pandemic.

The claims, for the week ending April 4, flooded in as confirmed coronavirus cases approached 300,000 and as nearly every state ordered its citizens to stay at home. Economic forecasts are becoming routine that predict unemployment will exceed its historic 25 percent peak during the Great Depression, and the number of jobs lost in a mere three weeks now exceeds the 15 million that it took 18 months for the Great Recession to bulldoze in 2007-2009.

orlbucfan

Mr. Hi-tech has been monitoring the unemployment situation in FL. It’s not good. The service jobs like bartender and waiting tables are part-time. Part-timers don’t get state unemployment. Sick Rott and his pals in Tallahassee made it more difficult to access. A Right-To-Serf state, don’t ya know. The Cyber hotline for the Fed money is a disaster to work with. It’s a bad situation that will get worse.

jcitybone

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/surprise-bernie-sanders-200409101837191.html

For decades, Sanders has urged Americans to work together to build a fairer nation where the dividends of prosperity will be shared by all and not the gilded few who control most of the nation’s immense wealth. That powerful, egalitarian message resonated with millions of Americans in 2016, as it has in 2020.

It is a profound shame that Sanders, a transparently thoughtful, honest and honourable man, will be unable to lead that noble enterprise as commander-in-chief. Still, he has tried. That is more than his petty, forgettable detractors can say.

The US is teetering on a dangerous precipice. It is led by a president who lies and rewrites history with the facility of an authoritarian.

When this pandemic passes and the necessary accounting takes place, it is likely that thousands of Americans will have died due to the manifest incompetence and negligence of one man: Donald Trump.

He must be beaten in November. To do that, Biden will need to forge a genuine effort to enlist Sanders and his supporters as partners to fashion a new Democratic Party that dispenses with the shopworn hyperbole about fairness and equality and, instead, commits itself to making fairness and equality the core, dominating principles of a Biden administration.

If he does not, Biden will duplicate Hillary Clinton’s ignominious fate, while countless Americans will suffer the disfiguring trauma of Trump for four more years.

phatkhat

Slidin’ Biden will never do that. The DNC does not care if Trump wins. Trump may be more self-promoting than they like, but he protects the rich at the expense of the poor. He will cut “entitlements”, including the ones we’ve paid into all our lives, like SS and Medicare. The DNC wants to cut them, too, but are supposed to be worker friendly. So, Trump does it for them, they rail about it but do nothing, and so it goes. The Kabuki is endless.

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

The time has come to leave the Democratic Party to rot in its own corporate bloat.
It’s way past time to grow a new party, that will run honest primaries, without all of the corporate corruption.

polarbear4

#SmashTheMachines

Benny

I agree. I think Bernie thought so too years ago, but as we see, it’s not easy to create a party by yourself. Bernie knew this in 2016 as well as yesterday. I will be gone by the time any infrastructure can be put into place. But seedlings are always good. I just hate waiting in the desert for another 40 years, just like Moses did.

wi61

At least the neolibcons will supply Yuge amounts of fertilizer

Don midwest
Don midwest

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

THEY certainly can. But what they want is a country of slaves, who are, each and every one, completely dependent on THEM. Why on earth otherwise would we have an employer based health care system? Yeesh.

Benny

Imperialism unfortunately is still ingrained in the American psyche. Very deep in Trump’s/Henry VIII’s.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Stub
Stub

Biden would say he supports those things but could never be trusted to fight for them. Like Obama, he would abandon them as soon as the election was over.

EyeRound
EyeRound

Bingo!

jcitybone

That’s what a strong progressive movement is here for though to fight to get at least some of what we want. We definitely are not going to win all (or even most) of our battles with Biden and the establishment Dems, but we will get nothing at all from Trump who will continue to use the power of the presidency to sabotage anything worthwhile we do have.

phatkhat

Um… WE are going to battle with Biden for our needs? Who are you trying to kid? WE will have NO access to Biden. Politicians routinely refuse to see constituents while inviting in the big$$$ donors and lobbyists. “You will be heard by me” he said. WTF??? Passive voice is a really shallow evasive tactic. In journalism you learn to NEVER use it. (Even Army journalism, LOL.) He did not say, “I am listening to you.” Biden is a POS. AND A LIAR.

jcitybone

That’s why we need to continue to add more progressive members to Congress who will have input on legislation that makes it to his desk.

phatkhat

And good luck with that, with the DNC doing everything in their power to prevent it from happening. So, they don’t want anybody to primary D incumbents? Then they support a candidate primarying AOC? They are not even pretending to care about the working people anymore.

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