(Financial News) Bernie Sanders is currently the leader in fundraising for Democratic presidential candidates. His rating is also growing in opinion polls. At the same time, support for Elizabeth Warren, another left-wing politician and main rival of Sanders, is declining. Some analysts have already said that Sanders has a chance to become the next president of the United States.
Sanders is one of the most popular candidates for the White House’s head, so it’s very important to understand the key thesis of his election campaign – the call for a “political revolution”, said Professor of International Relations at George Washington University Amitai Etzioni.
A revolution is usually defined as “the violent overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.” It should be noted that the revolution is quite rare, but when it occurs it ends one establishment and replaces with another.
A Vermont senator and supporter of Sanders claims the 78-year-old politician is always talking about an “open revolution.”
A political revolution is defined as “a coup in which the government is replaced, or when the form of government changes, but at the same time, as a rule, property relations remain intact.” However, the definition of “political” is not entirely explainable by Sanders’ true intentions. The transformation that he often talks about involves a change in property rights, and this is a social revolution.
Sanders insists that his political revolution is not a utopia
Sanders insists that his political revolution is not a utopia. He emphasized, that this is what we can do, and it already exists in ordinary countries, but he didn’t specify in which countries.
In his view, China has done more to solve the problems of poverty than any other country in the history of civilization.
He also praised Cuba for tremendous progress in improving the lives of poor people. However, no serious political scientist will argue that Sanders calls for a similar regime for the United States.
It can be assumed that Sanders refers to the social democracy of Scandinavia. However, the social structure in the countries of Northern Europe was formed not through revolutions, but through the reforms of centrist governments. Thus, Sanders does not mean Scandinavia.
“The political revolution must continue”
Sanders also encourages people to stand up and fight. “Real change never takes place from the top down, or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors. It always occurs from the bottom on up – when tens of millions of people say “enough is enough” and become engaged in the fight for justice. That’s what the political revolution we helped start is all about. That’s why the political revolution must continue,” says the politician.
But here, not everything is clear. Revolutions take place on the streets and barricades, the violent seizure of power centers and the media. Sanders does not urge his supporters to fight this way; he basically asks them to transfer money and vote for him (which other candidates also do). That is, in Sanders’ provocative statements there is no real threat to society.
Finally, even if Sanders comes to power in the traditional way, that is, having received the majority of votes in the electoral college, and the Democrats somehow get the majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, he still will not be able to realize his radical ideas. Recall Barack Obama, who failed to implement more moderate initiatives, despite the Democrats’ control over both houses of Congress. Democratic senators from states where most voters have conservative views will never support radical change such as Sanders is proposing.
Sanders, despite revolutionary rhetoric, in reality does not want to overthrow the government, but to transform within the framework of the existing democratic system. However, his radical rhetoric misleads millions of Americans, and they begin to believe in his utopian ideas and unrealistic program.
The question is, will Sanders get the majority in the ballot box in November?