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Robert Reich – The End of the Establishment?

Step back from the campaign fray for just a moment and consider the enormity of what’s already occurred. A 74-year-old Jew from Vermont who describes himself as a democratic socialist, who wasn’t even a Democrat until recently, has come within a whisker of beating Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucus, routed her in the New Hampshire primary, and garnered over …

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Robert Parry – Democrats in ‘Group Think’ Land

A curious reality about Official Washington is that to have “credibility” you must accept the dominant “group thinks” whether they have any truth to them or not, a rule that applies to both the mainstream news media and the political world, even to people who deviate from the pack on other topics. For instance, Sen. Bernie Sanders may proudly declare …

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Shamus Cooke – Does Bernie Sanders’ Imperialism Matter?

Critiquing Bernie Sanders from the left can be a lonely project. There is a “hope”-powered hysteria surrounding his campaign, and bursting the “hope” bubble can produce a fierce backlash. The Sanders “hope” explosion is so fierce because capitalism has become a hopeless place. Hope can be positive by pushing people into political action, but it’s also exploited by the establishment …

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Leid Stories – 11.24.15

In Chicago, A Year to File Charges Against Killer Cop

Feeling the Bern? Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ (Part 2)

A year to the day that St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCullough announced that a grand jury found no reason to charge then-Officer Darren Wilson with any crimes related to his killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri, Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to be formally charged with the first-degree murder of Laquan McDonald, 17, in a similar case in Chicago.
Picking up from where we left off yesterday, listeners continue to dissect “democratic socialism,” the political philosophy extolled by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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GARY LEGUM – Bernie Sanders is in big trouble: You don’t have to be a neoliberal shill to see the cold, hard facts

Bernie Sanders’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is in serious trouble. Yes, I know we still have almost three months to go before voting gets underway. Yes, I’m aware that all those unscientific click-bait Internet polls showed he “won” the Democratic debate two weeks ago. Yes, I have read all the stories about the size of the crowds he …

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William Kaufman – The Sanders Paradox: a Brief for Bernie

In this presidential summer of our discontent, the radical left has been fighting hard—not chiefly against capitalism and its galloping calamities, it seems, but against . . . Bernie Sanders. Scarcely a day passes without an ominous recitation of Sanders’s manifold political shortcomings—Sanders exposés seem to have become a thriving cottage industry for the far-left commentariat. It should come as …

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Joshua Sperber – What is a President? The CEO of Capitalism

Ongoing left debates regarding Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign are frequently characterized by a shared premise. Whether arguing, for instance, that Sanders is dismissive of race or countering that his emphasis on economics necessarily entails anti-racism, both sides tend to assume that Sanders would be able to meaningfully advance his politics if he were to become president. That is, both sides …

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When a Black Swan Flies Over Wall Street’s House of Cards By Jerry Kroth

A black swan is Wall Street lexicon for an unpredicted event. The author of that concept, Nassim Taleb, opines that most of the major moves in stock market history originated as black swan events coming out of nowhere, with a random, stochastic disorderliness that pushes markets into wild gyrations and implosion. But subliminally, everyday, CNBC and Bloomberg market mavens reassure …

This Is Bernie Sanders’ Plan to Beat Hillary Clinton By David Corn

It’s fortunate for Hillary Clinton that Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist from Vermont who is challenging her for the Democratic presidential nomination, despises and eschews negative advertising. That’s because the political consulting firm that Sanders has retained to advise his campaign has a well-developed expertise in devising attack ads. Earlier this year, this outfit, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, won a Pollie award from …

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Keeping Democracy Alive – The Tradition of American Democratic Socialism: 2016 Win? – 06.14.15

Bernie Sanders campaign is on fire at the moment. But it’s been said that when Americans hear the word Socialism, they stop thinking. Yet a clear majority actually agree with socialist positions on issues. Have we come far enough away from the fear used in the 1950s to actually elect a Democratic Socialist? History professor Lawrence Wittner analyzes where socialism has been in America and how it may impact who wins in 2016.