Night School: Why 'Progressive' Isn't Enough
August 20, 2019
As we move deeper into the 2020 election cycle, democratic socialists will be increasingly asked why we support Bernie Sanders and not one of the other, younger candidates. After all, many of Sanders’ challengers have adopted large chunks of his 2016 platform, and are hoping to gain traction with voters by offering policies that, at least at face value, appear to be similar. Now, more than ever, we need to be able to be able to ask and answer: what makes Bernie different? Why must we advocate for explicitly socialist policies rather than progressive-liberal ones? What is even the difference between a socialist political orientation and a progressive-liberal approach, anyway? How might we talk to our progressive neighbors about supporting Bernie in 2020 and, ultimately, supporting socialist ideas?
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