Thursday, June 13, 2019

Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism (2019)


Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism (2019) defines the two differing visions of America, where unfettered capitalism has had a long run of a many decades, benefiting the few and hurting the majority, chiefly made up of working class and lower middle-class (together making up two-thirds of U.S. families) struggling to get by. Worse off are the 40 million poor, another 14%, meaning that only 20% of Americans at most are living the American Dream. If America does not change, that percentage is sure to move lower.
Via: USA Today & Youtube


Bernie Sanders [born in 1941 in Brooklyn, NY]  begins his speech with the following sobering and truthful words:
If there was ever a moment where we had to effectively analyze the competing political and social forces which define this historical period, this is that time. If there was ever a moment when we needed to stand up and fight against the forces of oligarchy and authoritarianism, this is that time. And, if there was ever a moment when we needed a new vision to bring our people together in the fight for justice, decency and human dignity, this is that time. In the year 2019 the United States and the rest of the world face two very different political paths. On one hand, there is a growing movement towards oligarchy and authoritarianism in which a small number of incredibly wealthy and powerful billionaires own and control a significant part of the economy and exert enormous influence over the political life of our country. On the other hand, in opposition to oligarchy, there is a movement of working people and young people who, in ever increasing numbers, are fighting for justice.
Sanders delivered the speech at George Washington University in Washington yesterday, June 12, 2019. I wish Sanders well in persuading America and Americans, especially young people (and old ones like myself, too), to consider what he is saying; he cited FDR and the New Deal for a reason, a good one. Sanders will no doubt meet resistance, including from the right wing of the Democratic Party, backed and influenced by the monied brokers of Wall Street, an elite group with an inordinate amount of economic influence and political power. He will also get no support from the corporate media.

It will be a tough fight, but it is one that he is well prepared for. His whole life has brought him to this defining moment in America .Most important, he knows of what he speaks. The system is broken, limiting opportunity, advancement and freedom to everyone except the few; everyone knows this and the elites are afraid to admit it--for obvious reasons.

I have been writing about such issues since 2010; Sanders, however, has been consistently faithful to the cause of justice, decency and human dignity for more than four decades. The full 45-minute speech is worth watching in its entirety. it explains the reality of what is taking place, backed by facts. His speech gives hope to young people, something sorely lacking today, in America and elsewhere in the world.

The transcript of the speech can be found at [Vox].

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