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Why Bernie Sanders’ radicalism can take out Trump | Nathan Robinson | Opinion | The Guardian

Why Bernie Sanders’ radicalism can take out Trump | Nathan Robinson

When it comes to beating Trump, the Vermont senator is the person for the job. Nobody else comes close


Some key points from the article…

—“…even those who do not share Democratic socialist instincts should get behind Sanders. He’s a pragmatic choice. Nobody is better positioned to take on Donald Trump. Sanders has name recognition and widespread popularity. He knows how to campaign well, has a network of organizers, and can pack stadiums. He does well at town halls and in debates against Republicans.

 

Since 2016, polls consistently show him beating Trump. Initially, there were those who doubted these numbers, saying that as voters got to know Sanders they would turn away from his radicalism. This turned out to be false. As voters got to know him, they liked him…”—

 

—“…Sanders has an unusual advantage against Trump: he’s capable of effectively countering the type of nationalist populism that elevated Trump to office, by offering a more hopeful and heartfelt appeal to popular instincts. He is capable of going to working-class communities and speaking to people without seeming patronizing or insincere. He does particularly well in the midwest, the exact areas that were so critical to Trump’s victory…”—

 

—“…Sanders is the perfect weapon against Trump’s plutocratic “populism”. He has experience, skill and principles. People like him and trust him, even when they don’t completely share his politics.

 

What’s more, this moment in history calls for radicalism – issues like climate change, runaway corporate power, racial inequity cannot be solved by someone with only a tepid commitment to political change. This is Bernie’s time, and both progressives and moderates alike should rally behind his candidacy.”—

The Economists whose articles, papers, YouTube lectures and podcasts I have been listening to these past few weeks.

What Modern Monetary Theory Is and Why Leftists Love It

Everyone knows governments need to tax before they can spend. What Modern Monetary Theory presupposes is, maybe they don’t.

The Radical Theory That the Government Has Unlimited Money

Photo illustration by Lia Kantrowitz Tall, bearded, with gentle brown eyes, Occupy Wall Street veteran Jesse Myerson spends his days knocking on doors in the rundown neighborhoods of southern Indiana reminding voters of the enormous wealth of their country.

CNBC Hosts Suddenly Realize That Raising Minimum Wage Is A Good Thing – YouTube


Asher Edelman endorses Bernie Sanders – Business Insider

The real life Gordon Gekko is supporting Bernie Sanders because of a basic economic principle

Asher Edelman, an investor who was one of the inspirations for the nefarious corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the movie “Wall Street,” made a surprise presidential endorsement on CNBC’s Fast Money last week: He came out swinging for democrat Bernie Sanders. Most interesting was Edelman’s reason for supporting Sanders (emphasis ours): “Well, I think it’s quite simple again.

This Is Why Global Warming Is Responsible For Freezing Temperatures Across The USA

This Is Why Global Warming Is Responsible For Freezing Temperatures Across The USA

The country is freezing in an unprecedented fashion, and global warming is to blame. Sound crazy? The cold snap that North America is experiencing east of the rocky mountains, with temperatures at Arctic-like levels, is real, but it’s only part of the story.

I liked Howard Schultz but there is no there there….

I liked Howard Schultz going way back to when I read his book Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time back in 1997.

I watched the interview he gave on 60 Minutes and I watched the interview he gave this morning on Mornning Joe and “there was no there there”. 

Stick a fork in him, he is done.

Harry Beckwith the great marketing writer once wrote in his book Selling the Invisible: —“Beware the deadly middle. If you price in the middle, what you are saying is “We’re not the best, and neither is our price, but both our service and price are pretty good.” Not a very compelling message.”—

Schultz has nothing in the way of a compelling message.

AOC’s Call For Abolishing Billionaires Is Deeply American

AOC Thinks Billionaires Are a Threat to Democracy. So Did Our Founders.

In 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville produced one of the earliest accounts of the American dream. In his famous study of the Jacksonian U.S., the Frenchman wrote that Americans possessed “the charm of anticipated success” – a ubiquitous optimism that he attributed to our country’s democratic character, and to the “general equality of condition” that prevailed among its “people.”

Glyphosate isn’t scary. The movement to demonize it is though | AGDAILY

Glyphosate isn’t scary. The movement to demonize it is, though | AGDAILY

Dad encountered the glyphosate smear machine while paying rent checks. The landlord in question has a farming background, isn’t prone to conspiracy theories, and is normally quite rational. But he asked dad whether there was an alternative herbicide to Roundup that Dad could use, because he’s heard some pretty bad stuff about glyphosate.

‘Extremists’ Like Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Are Actually Closer to What Most Americans Want

‘Extremists’ Like Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Are Actually Closer to What Most Americans Want

Trump ran as a populist, but governs like Marie Antoinette. And a sleeping, scammed America is finally waking up .. “Far left.” “Too liberal.” “Out of the mainstream.” Google U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. You’ll see descriptions like these.”Socialist.” “Radical.” “Extreme.” Google U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the whirling, twirling, dancing phenom out of the Bronx.

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