Bernie Sanders and the Revival of Social Democracy

There is no denying that Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has revived the FDR-era of social policies, but what does that mean for the future of the Democratic Party?

Sanders’ record crowd size in Oregon during the 2016 presidential election.

The Establishment

The establishment is still very much alive today in the Democratic Party despite the high rise in progressive politics. They are not letting up when it comes to choosing a president that doesn’t have the interest of the American people in mind; they are almost purely supportive of candidates who ensure corporations, big-money interests, and wall-street executives are put ahead of our own working-class citizens. As representative and diverse as some candidates are, that does not necessarily mean they are putting the interests of Americans first. It is disappointing that at one of the last few debates before the final two candidates, there was only one person of color on the stage, and the establishment seems to favor white candidates who are, again, more representative of billionaires than people of color or working-class people from any background.

Clinton — down by 12% — still garners more delegates than Sanders.

Where are we headed?

If Sanders was elected, it would have meant Democratic candidates moving forward would have had to uphold his progressive policies. Without an ounce of progressivism prevalent in any leftist politicians from previous elections, it is no surprise that a candidate was able to take advantage of this and make progressivism the foundation of their platform.

Bernie drawing historical crowd sizes in the 2016 campaign.

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