Bernie Sanders is stepping aside – but his movement and ideas will not wait for him (and may not vote for Hilary).
I have consistently said the only really breathe of fresh air in this U.S. presidential campaign is Bernie’s demand for more social justice. The Clinton Machine and its subsidiary the Democratic National Committee have crushed Bernie (but not his movement) and proposed faux policies instead. “Feeling the Bern” is not about an individual or parties, but rather the growing transmigration of the political spectrum.
The progressive left in America (and the UK for the matter) has surrendered to the neo-liberal dictatorship that is essentially the Washington Consensus. The “culture wars” of the conservative right has marginalized itself. What remains are the “Consensus Warriors” – those who treat any change to the status as an anathema (party affiliations are meaningless to them).
Bernie steps down and walks away. Nonetheless, the seeds of insurrection have been sown. The whirlwind will follow.
Peter Lavelle is host of RT’s political debate program CrossTalk. His view may or may not reflect those of his employer.