Episode

1/25 Luke Mayville: Bernie Sanders & How Change Really Happens in America

January 25, 2016

The distinction between FDR-brand liberalism and socialist democracy. The role of liberty in FDR’s liberalism. The importance of public goods, and moving expenditures from private market to the public sector. Bernie’s democratic socialism as distinct from FDR liberalism and Bernie’s appeal to the New Deal legacy. Bernie’s focus on unfairness as opposed to freedom. The progressive vision of negative freedom. (8:45)

Theories of change. The liberal establishment’s on the plausibility of Bernie Sanders’ revolution. Why Bernie Sanders’ campaign isn’t based on a “charismatic leader” theory. What kind of grassroots power can candidates build? The different legacies of the McGovern and Goldwater campaigns. How Goldwater set the table for the ascendancy of Reagan. Why taking on the establishment is a major uphill battle. (28:30)

On The Fun Half – Friction between online Bernie supporters and the black voters not sold on Bernie, update on socialized medicine for military families, the horror that was 18-year-old Ted Cruz, Trump bullies Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz and your IMs and calls!

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