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“The ‘Afterbern’: What’s Next for the American Left?”

“Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks during a
campaign event on the campus of California State University,
Dominguez Hills, in Carson, California, May 17, 2016.
Photo credit: Monica Almeida, The New York Times

– “The “Afterbern”: What’s Next for the American Left?”
“One of the most significant political stories of the year is the meteoric rise of a little-known, seventy-four year old, self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” senator from the small state of Vermont…His bid for the presidency has dramatically, perhaps irreversibly, changed the political landscape in this country. At this point, the question for socialists is not whether or not to support Bernie’s campaign, but rather: what do we do now? What, if any political possibilities have emerged, and how can we seize these opportunities to advance revolutionary politics? To answer that, we first need to determine exactly how Bernie has changed the political situation in the United States.

The Sanders campaign did not emerge from nowhere. All movements exist within wider microsystems of struggle, and the complex entanglement and overlapping of recent social movements made his campaign possible. Without Occupy, Black Lives Matter, the Fight for 15, the mobilization of teachers and nurses, immigrant movements, and many other struggles, there would never have been a Sanders campaign. He has benefited enormously from the hard work of these earlier struggles. He has tapped into existing networks to raise an army of volunteers. He has, for better or worse, adopted much of the political language of these other movements. No one in these movements foresaw Bernie’s spectacular rise, but they all prepared it,” quoting Salar Mohandesi, Viewpoint Magazine
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– “How the AP Screwed Sanders, and Other Tales From Tuesday Night”
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout.
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Posted by Steve on June 8, 2016 at 7:12 am | Permalink

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