We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, February 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders and the “Scandinavian model”

Click here to access article by Jordan Shilton from World Socialist Web Site

In presidential elections in the US, especially in recent times, the ruling class's Democratic Party always trots out candidates that make noises about social issues that appeal to liberal-left populists. It has now become clear that to reinforce these noises, they want their candidates to represent traditionally excluded categories of people so that the hoi polloi are doubly fooled. In 2008 they produced an African-American appearing candidate who filled this role perfectly, so perfectly that the ruling class media provided supportive political coverage backing him and he was elected to office. This year they have chosen a woman to play this role with Bernie Sanders as a ranch hand to corral the dissident sheep and lead them down the chute to the slaughterhouse of the Democratic Party.  

This election year's populist candidate to help the ruling class's choice of Hillary Clinton to be elected wears "socialist" attire to fool left-liberal people. This article helps to expose the real naked Bernie Sanders and his obscene politics.
Sanders’ citing of Sweden and Denmark as examples of “democratic socialism” thus reveals perhaps more than the Vermont Senator intended. He has made clear throughout his campaign that he fully endorses the United States’ imperialist foreign policy, including its wars in the Middle East, while promoting a nationalist domestic economic policy.