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Bernie Sanders Is No Eugene Debs

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  • Progressives in the Democratic Party are going to need a Plan B after Bernie Sanders throws his support to Clinton in about 10 months, after the March primaries seal the nomination for her. We should be building Plan B now.
  • Bernie Sanders for President? Why Not Try a Real Socialist for a Change? 

Howie Hawkins, Socialist Worker

Debs-and-Sanders-montage-b.jpgMay 26, 2015 | Bernie Sanders' entry into the Democratic presidential primaries should be seen as his final decisive step away from the democratic socialism he professes to support. He will raise some progressive demands in the primaries and then endorse the corporate Democrat, Hillary Clinton. Nothing changes.

Sanders is violating the first principle of socialist politics: class independence. The socialist movement learned that principle long ago when the business classes sold out the workers in the democratic revolutions of 1848 that swept across Europe and parts of Latin America.

Howie Hawkins is a veteran activist, working Teamster and leader of the Green Party nationally and in his home state of New York.

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Bernie Sanders for President? Why Not Try a Real Socialist for a Change? Mark Jacobson, the New Yorker

  • There were a few changes in that same speech Bernie ­Sanders freely admits he's been giving for the past four decades, give or take a j'accuse or two.
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Jesus is a political prisoner: An American history of Christianity’s corruption.

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  • Nowadays, the Christian right is a fixture of the political world. But it hasn't always been that way.
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us.

Sean Illing, Salon

huckabee_jesus_bachmann.jpgMike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann (Credit: AP/Danny Johnston/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Wikimedia/Photo montage by Salon) 

Sunday, May 24, 2015 | According to the Pew Research Center, the Christian share of the population has declined in recent years from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent. At the same time, the number of Americans identifying as religiously unaffiliated – including atheists and agnostics – has increased from 16.1 percent to 22.8 percent. The study attributes the changing religious landscape largely to millennials, who attend church far less than previous generations. But the trend is noticeable among older demographics as well. So what are to we make of these findings?

 

They should be seen, in part, as an inevitable result of the politicization of Christianity. Politics and religion have always made uneasy bedfellows, but there was a definitive shift in America’s political and religious culture in the 1940s that set Christianity on its current course. As historian Kevin Kruse notes in a recent essay, it was during this period that Christian America was co-opted by corporate America. Following the Great Depression, Big Business had something of an image problem, and needed rebranding. Also problematic was FDR’s New Deal, which was indispensable to the middle class but anathema to corporate interests.

Sean Illing teaches political theory at Louisiana State University.

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Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us, Kevin M. Kruse, Salon

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  • The idea of "one nation under God" is a modern one -- and does not date back to the Founding Fathers
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Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics

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  • Any grown-up left asks not whether to participate in elections, but how.
  • Us vs Them: When Politics is Treated Like a Football Game, No One Wins

Tom Gallagher, Common Dreams

bernie_sanders_0.jpg?itok=yM-Bx7U3The mark of a genuine "movement," writes Gallagher, is that it tries to move people into action and interacts with every other positive strain of activism, no matter its origins. (Photo: AP)  

Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Most people we might think of as being on the American left don’t generally embrace the idea of “American exceptionalism.” There is one apparent exception to this unexceptional point of view, however, at least in some corners of the American left. That is the notion that in the U.S. – unlike any other country with a reasonably democratic system – electoral politics are somehow only an optional part of a serious political movement. The latest expression of this “only in America” point of view comes in response to Senator Bernie Sanders’s declaration of his intention to run in next year’s Democratic Party presidential primaries.

The objections to his candidacy come in at least two variants – “not now” and “never.” The “never” perspective is articulated by David Swanson in his CounterPunch article, “Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders.” It’s not that Swanson doesn’t like Sanders. On the contrary, although he allows that he has some disagreements with him – which he characterizes as “imperfections” on Sanders’s part – Swanson considers “the contrast with Clinton ... like day to night.” Nevertheless, he pleads, “please do not give him or Hillary or the wonderful Jill Stein or any other candidate a dime or a moment of your life. Instead, join the movement,” referring to people seeking justice on the streets of Baltimore, trying to abolish nuclear weapons in the halls of the United Nations, and doing any number of other valuable things.

In years past, Tom Gallagher has served as a surrogate speaker for presidential candidates George McGovern, Jesse Jackson and Dennis Kucinich. A past member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, he is the author of "Sub: My Years Underground in America's Schools."  

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Us vs Them: When Politics is Treated Like a Football Game, No One Wins, Alex Gauthier, The Independent Voter Network 

  • When Only Partisan Voters Vote, Only Partisan Candidates Are Elected
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Us vs Them: When Politics is Treated Like a Football Game, No One Wins

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  • When Only Partisan Voters Vote, Only Partisan Candidates Are Elected
  • The Liberal Apologies for Obama’s Ugly Reign

Alex Gauthier, The Independent Voter Network (IVN)

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/republican-democrat-600x368.jpg?a051b6April 21, 2015 | A collaborative effort between Patrick Miller of the University of Kansas and Pamela Johnston Conover of the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers new insight into the growing phenomenon behind political polarization in the United States. The study, titled Red and Blue States of Mind: Partisan Hostility and Voting in the United States, was published in Political Research Quarterly on March 30.

When Only Partisan Voters Vote, Only Partisan Candidates Are Elected

The authors argue that the voters who are most likely to participate in elections are those who hold a very strong partisan identity. As a result, elections become less about substance, and more reminiscent of a sports game, where the goal is to win at any cost. 

Alex Gauthier: Editor, The Independent Voter Network, received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from San Diego State University. Keeping an eye on the role of money in politics. When #moneytalks you listen.

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The Liberal Apologies for Obama’s Ugly Reign, Paul Street, CounterPunch

  • No%20Republicrats.jpgU.S. liberals and progressives might want to learn something about how they’ve been manipulated by Democratic politicians and presidents again and again and decide to invest their hopes and energies in a different kind of more genuinely progressive and democratic politics beneath and beyond the big money-big media-major party-mass-marketed-candidate-centered presidential “electoral extravaganzas” that are staged as “yet another method for marginalizing the population” (Noam Chomsky, October 27, 2004) once every four years.
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