Bernie Sanders

Time for an Independent Party

Against the Current By Howie Hawkins July/August 2016 THE PERENNIAL DREAM on the left of a mass breakaway of progressives from the Democrats to a left third party has been stillborn since the days of Eugene Debs, who made this appeal to progressive Democrats in 1904: “Where but to the Socialist Party can these progressive people turn? They are now without a party and the only genuine Democratic Party in the field is the Socialist Party, and every true Democrat should thank Wall Street for driving him out of a party that is democratic in name only, and into one that…


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What is Bernie Up To?

counterpunch by Dave Lindorff June 30, 2016 I sure don’t know, and I’m sure that Hillary Clinton and her campaign managers are wondering too. In today’s New York Times, the independent socialist Senator from Vermont published a hard-hitting opinion-page piece attacking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but really targeting Democratic Party leaders, super delegates, and the Democrats’ presumptive nominee Clinton — though he carefully avoided naming her. Significantly, Sanders, in an article headlined “Democrats Have to Wake Up,” identified himself at the end of the article as “a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.” The message is clear: Sanders…


Beyond Bernie: Still Not With Her

counterpunch by Kshama Sawant June 24, 2016 Since the June 7 California primary, the historic upheaval that coalesced around Bernie Sanders’ campaign has continued to defy the demands of the political establishment, but has also increasingly turned into a search for the way forward. After a powerful, year-long mass campaign over the hostile terrain of a rigged primary, our political revolution is at a crossroads. The post-California period began with a revolt, following the AP’s preemptive anointment of Clinton. In the hours and days after this corporate media assault and the initial ballot results, there was a wave of angry…


Democrats in Denial: The Peoples Summit

Black Agenda Report By Bruce A. Dixon June 22, 2016 Last weekend’s Peoples Summit in Chicago was several different things. For the rank and file supporters of Bernie Sanders who could get there, it was likely the closest thing they’ll get to a national victory party. It was a chance to commiserate and celebrate. It might have been a chance to compare and analyze experiences from around the country, an opportunity to synthesize the lessons and discuss the options for what Bernie Sanders called his “political revolution.” But it seems the conveners of the Peoples Summit didn’t much trust their…


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Postal Banking

Regarding the recent posts on the Privatizer General’s — I mean, Postmaster General’s — proposal for “postal banking:” BEWARE – It’s not postal banking. We used to have a real US Postal Savings System, which operated between 1911 and 1967. I had my first little interest-bearing savings account in it. We started in school with little cardboard books, which had places to insert and hold our pennies, nickels, dimes, and big quarters until we could deposit them at the post office. We needed to amass $5 to make a minimum deposit, which is was a big in the early 1960s,…