Sunday, July 05, 2015

Truest statement of the week II

Sanders continues to receive friendly treatment from the corporate-controlled media, which is well aware that his occasional claims to be a “socialist” are purely nominal, and that he represents no threat to the profits and wealth of the US financial aristocracy.
Typical was the effusive lead in the Associated Press report on the Madison rally: “Nearly 10,000 supporters delivered a jolt of momentum to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign Wednesday night at a supersize rally where the senator from Vermont asked his backers to help him create a political revolution.”

Despite his rhetoric, and a detailed description of social inequality and the domination of the super-rich, Sanders offers his audience a relatively modest reform program that would have been commonplace in a Democratic primary campaign a few decades ago. It is only the dramatic shift to the right by the Democrats, and by capitalist politics as a whole, that makes Sanders sound radical by comparison.

-- Patrick Martin, "Bernie Sanders holds rally of 10,000 in Madison, Wisconsin" (WSWS).

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