Magazine article In These Times

The Future Belongs to Bernie

Magazine article In These Times

The Future Belongs to Bernie

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has a tough row to hoe if he is going to overtake Hillary Clinton and become the Democratic nominee. The margins of her victories have been larger than his. As In These Times Deputy Publisher Christopher Hass, a veteran of Obama's two presidential campaigns, has reported, it is the size of the margins that determine the Democratic standard bearer.

But this primary is more than a contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. It is the venue for competing aspirations for the future of the Democratic Party-can the party be a vehicle for social democracy or will it be the party of technocratic, gradual improvement, operating within the context of an unquestioned neoliberal consensus?

Again and again we hear measured caution from candidate Clinton and her cheerleaders in the liberal corporate media: Eschew radical solutions (no matter how well-reasoned or established in other industrial societies) and support doable, commonsense alternatives.

Not everyone on the Left, however, has a bleak view of the Democratic frontrunner. On page 20, staff writer Sady Doyle makes a "full-throated" progressive case for Clinton. And on page 8, Moe Tkacik and Amanda Marcotte debate the candidates' positions on banking reform, sexism and racism.

In These Times has covered Sanders' political career since March 1981, when the 39-year-old, Brooklyn-born, In These Times-reading democratic socialist was elected mayor of Burlington, Vt. And in the 35 years since, we have continued to report on his political initiatives. Sanders, for his part, has supported this magazine and its mission, including by providing testimonials like the one from 1983 that is reproduced on page 30. …

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