Ok, *now* Bernie has a race problem

In passing during the occasional discussion on the 2016 presidential campaigns, I’ve used as short hand for how skewed to the right the US political system is (and as a nod to how progressives come to save capitalism rather than bury it) referring to Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vermont) as the most reasonable conservative candidate in the race. Well, in an interview with quixotic Serious Person Ezra Klein over at Vox, he went conservative in a way even Republicans would recognize (screen capture because I’m on mobile doing this):

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He goes on to denounce the very idea of basic freedom of movement as a nefarious plot to undermine the wages of Real Merkins (as if migrants cannot be part of an organized labor force for some reason) and do away with the United States as a nation-state. I don’t think Pat Buchanan would mind much of how Bernie put this line of nativist dreck, seriously.


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2 Responses to Ok, *now* Bernie has a race problem

  1. Todd says:

    There’s an article here: https://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/bernie-sanders-explodes-a-right-wing-myth-open-borders-no-thats-a-koch-brothers-proposal/ where he says that drivel. The article should have been titled “Bernie Sanders Explodes INTO a Right Wing Myth”. And then there’s this gem: “you’re doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that”.

  2. dmantis says:

    Its all in the class signaling. The key element in that last quote is the subject that is given the ability to not believe in the concept.

    Greece is a fine example. The people were given a referendum and resoundingly made their voices heard against the austerity program, yet the government (despite promises during election) was going to do what it wanted regardless (namely fold like a cheap suit and agree to a HARSHER plan).

    Furthermore, the signaling of Greece as some corrupt, ill-managed and completely backwards collection of incompetent rubes unable to maintain a proper European economic presence is deafening. The people were crying foul from the beginning knowing full well that the debilitating debt that Greece is being forced to reconcile with is proportionally less than Germany itself (http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/13/the-problem-of-greece-is-not-only-a-tragedy-it-is-a-lie/). It is truly a wonder why Germany’s own problems are seemingly brushed under the rug (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-07-23/how-berlin-s-futuristic-airport-became-a-6-billion-embarrassment).

    The fact of the matter is that we are never to ask if the people of said nation-states would agree with the view of the anthropomorphized and quixotic “country” in that last quote. We are merely to take it at face value.

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