We have been critical of Sanders and his ideas of ‘Our Revolution’ and ‘socialism’ and the way they coopt the real meaning of socialism. We have also hedged on the grounds that the terms may sow the seeds of a real socialist transformation. But neither Sanders nor AOC speak of revolutionary transformation or the expropriation of capital and the result can only end in disappointment. Neither of these two figures can comment on the attempt by Venezuela to create socialism and this kind of failure shows up the phony character of their abuse of the term ‘socialism’. These two will betray you in a minute for their own game which will have to murder real socialists. Once Sanders is done noone will ever take real socialism seriously again. Is Sanders working for the CIA?
It’s likely not a coincidence that rise in popularity across all Americans came as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became two of the most prominent politicians in the U.S.
Source: Four in 10 Americans Believe Socialism a ‘Good Thing’: Gallup
Consistent with their party’s Big Business bankrollers’ bottom line world view, establishment Democrats would rather lose to a fascistic white-Amerikaner right than to even the mildly social-democratic left within their own party.
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The Financial Times thinks Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are would-be despots. They’re wrong — it’s socialists, not centrists, who will save democracy.
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I have been consistently critical of Sanders’ ‘our revolution’ and ‘socialism’ and this article and the issue of venezuela shows the way that a basically reformist perspective gets entangled in contradictions. Instead of too much indignation we should feel sad that ‘socialism’ in quotation marks will have a hard time reaching lift off. The gesture ends up a plug for ‘revolutionary necessity’…
But in complete contradiction we can ‘support’ these kamikazes as ’tilling the soil’ for a vaunted ‘real socialism’ to come.
A renewed U.S. left is forging its own identity—and anti-imperialism needs to be front and center. Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders’ soft imperialism runs counter to the building of an internationalist left.
Source: Internationalism or State Department Socialism? | Left Voice
Sanders’ stance on Venezuela, with AOC in tag, is a reminder that when it comes to real socialism these two will sell a real experiment in socialism down the river and end up in the ’empire’ mode with a mouthful of ripped off jargon. What does it take to give some measure of support to a struggling socialism and denounce the imperialist crucifixion of still another south american country…This is beneath contempt…At a moment of global crisis we need more than celebrity pseudo-socialists…
Source: Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Legitimize Regime Change in Venezuela | Left Voice
With a launch of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign on the near horizon, efforts to block his trajectory to the Democratic presidential nomination are intensifying
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