Why leftists should support Bernie
This essay is meant for those who currently reject Bernie.
I'm not going to sell you with his electability. Although that should factor into your equation, because if having a real chance of winning isn't part of your agenda then you are doing politics wrong.
And let's face it, Bernie has a real chance.
Nor am I going to sell you with who his enemies are and how they are your enemies too.
But admit it, wouldn't it give you a thrill to see these assholes crying?
Instead I'm going to sell you with what Bernie isn't.
The Vermont Senator, as the Black Agenda Report has noted again and again, is an imperialist pig who is running within a corporate political party. Sanders is no socialist and he is no revolutionary.He is a product of a political moment where the domination of corporate and military power in the political life of the United States reigns supreme.
That's right. The article I'm going to sell you on Bernie, just called him "an imperialist pig who is running within a corporate political party". And it get's worse.
Anti-imperialism, internationalism, and socialism are critical components of a truly left agenda. On these counts, Sanders fails miserably. Thus, Sanders must be condemned every time that he follows the lead of the military-industrial complex in its assault on nations such as Venezuela.
So given all of that, why should a leftist support Bernie?
Because any student of history knows that revolutionary change never happens in just one step.
There is always catalyst events and catalyst people.
Think Lafayette and the French Revolution.
Corporations such as Comcast, which owns MSNBC, or billionaires such as Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, understand that the Sanders agenda is incompatible with the current stage of capitalism.Unlike the days of the New Deal, U.S. imperialism is no longer able to expand without imposing brutal wars and austerity measures on the workers and the oppressed. This inevitable conclusion was reached during the mid to latter half of the 20thcentury when automation, monopoly, and dependency on finance capital sent the worldwide capitalist system into a state of general stagnation.
...Sanders has changed this equation by offering a New Deal political orientation within a corporate entity that is hostile to the very utterance of his agenda. The corporate Democrats truly “fear the Bern” because Sanders represents a dangerous political path that may lead large portions of the working and unemployed population to demand an improvement in their condition.
Bernie can be a catalyst in one of two ways:
1) He wins. Thus he leads large portions of the working and unemployed population to demand an improvement in their condition. This is good.
2) The Democratic Party elites crush him.
It is entirely possible that the second-crushing of the Sanders campaign will create the conditions for a mass exodus from the Democratic Party. Independent left political thought and action can only benefit from the further disenchantment with the Democratic Party among Sanders’ large base. The job of a revolutionary is not to support Sanders or any political functionary within the capitalist ruling system. It is to seize the moment when the capitalist and imperialist ruling system in the U.S reaches a point of crisis from which it cannot return. Sanders’ 2020 campaign is another step toward that point of no return for the lords of war and austerity. The ruling class doesn’t ignore this fact for one second and neither should we.
Either way some good comes out of the Sanders campaign.