Bernie Sanders has announced he is seeking re-election. As such, I thought it best to examine his philosophy as espoused during the 2016 election. If you do not enjoy discussing philosophy or politics, you can skip to the Common Bernie Myths section for low hanging fruit for discussion. I’d like to start this note by offering a few important quotes.
“Democracy is indispensable to socialism.”
“The way to bring down Wallstreet is to place it between a rock and a hard place – taxation and inflation.”
“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the 1% are to represent and repress them in Congress and the White House.”
“Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.”
The above quotes represent a number of Bernie Sander’s political ideas. His rhetoric includes the use of the word “Democracy” to sanitize a pejorative – “Socialism.” He rages against the wealthiest class in America – one he sweepingly calls “Wallstreet” (he sometimes uses the phrase “special interests”). He runs on a platform of “the people” and believes those in politics are made up of the wealthiest class in America, and do not look out for the needs of “the people” – a phrase that typically represents the average worker in America when he employs it. Bernie, likewise, does not believe capitalism does, or can, take care of the poorest around us.