Having read Bernie Sanders’ political manifesto yesterday I’m surprised at its cogency. Based on media stereotypes I arrived at the start line expecting a crazy nutcase of a socialist and I finished the easy romp having met a pro-freedom-capitalist of the Keynesian economic faith.
Of this manifesto, titled “Guide to Political Revolution”, I found it 80% well-grounded, 10% contradictory and 10% needing further elaboration. And while he touched on the subject, to me its only real deficiency lay with the absence of a foreign policy.
Yet, Sanders as the manifesto shows, is anti-NAFTA, anti-hegemon China and anti-free trade and I found each argument utterly convincing. The big question though is, where will his geopolitical bias ultimately fall? As daunting as America’s national and student debts are bellicose China, Russia and Iran all having been left to their expansionist devices since 2008, are existentially startling too.
Still, Sanders offers himself as the only Western politician to date with the courage to write an actual multi-faceted macro vision of a domestic policy credo. So much so, that two nights ago I witnessed Nancy Pelosi almost incoherently fumbling a victory speech after the Democrat’s mid-term House of Representatives win, curiously espousing an approach to governing that paraphrased the Sanders Plan as if no other blueprint existed.
And that’s because, on either side of the political fence, there isn’t one to be found.
But of the Democratic Party’s leadership Sanders is now 77, Pelosi 78, Maxine Waters 80, Chuck Schumer 67, and Elizabeth Warren 69. While all are perfectly aged for a Soviet Politburo career (Schumer and Warren as junior candidates!), it’s fair to ask whether the wisdom of Sanders has come too late for his presidency?
And if so, is there someone of the X Generation clever enough to see it and grab it for a 2020 run?
© 2018 Adam Parker.
Main picture credit: “Guide to Revolution”, author’s copy.
Sanders, B. (2018) Guide to Revolution. New York, First Square Fish.