Bernie Sanders continues to live out the 1960’s by calling for millennials to carry on political revolution to make America Communist
As Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders prepares to release his newest book,¬†“Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution”, the stodgy old legislator is seeking to continue his efforts begun in the 1960’s to try to entice today’s millennial generation to carry on the revolution of changing America into a Communist state.
Among some of the details in Bernie’s guide for political revolution is the emphasis on programming and propaganda which seeks to divide the country even more than it is today by vilifying all forms of wealth, and solidifying the inequality that exists between the haves and have nots.
According to Teen Vogue, the book also¬†includes dozens of infographics about issues like income equality and money in politics¬†that Sanders made famous during his 2016 presidential bid.
So in the interests of ‘education’,¬†we offer the following explanation of “The Economics Of Bernie”…
A number of people have pointed out that the Sanders ‚Äúprogram‚ÄĚ is not socialism¬†per se, but rather is something based upon socializing the results of private enterprise, or what one might call¬†secondary socialism. The Bernie Sanders regime would take control of some of the produce of private enterprise, as opposed to taking outright control of factors of production, which would remain in private hands. If this reminds one of the¬†fascism¬†of the 1930s, that is because Sanders is promoting a version of the governing models of Germany under Adolph Hitler and Italy under¬†Benito Mussolini.
Of the two, Sanders certainly is closer to Mussolini. Like Sanders, Mussolini called himself a socialist and was a leader in the Italian Socialist Party. Like Sanders, Mussolini decried ‚Äúprofiteers‚ÄĚ and the wealthy, and spoke out against political corruption. Like Sanders, Mussolini spoke of a larger ‚Äúnational purpose‚ÄĚ and sought to harness nationalism as a political force. Like Sanders, Mussolini sought to impose more and more controls on Italian businesses in order to direct production in a way to satisfy political purposes. Like Sanders, Mussolini built political power by appealing to Italian voters by saying that other Italians were well-off because they had gained their wealth on the backs of the poor.
Having similar economic proposals to Hitler and Mussolini does not make Sanders either of those two men and it is important to emphasize that while Sanders regularly employs the powerful political tool of appealing to voter resentment of others, he is not advocating the kind of genocide that ultimately helped to characterize the fascism of Central Europe in the 1930s and 40s. Bernie Sanders is an economic nationalist, and economic nationalism was at the heart of European fascism, but we do not want to make unwarranted accusations against Sanders, either.
At the same time, I do not want to let Sanders off the hook. He promotes economic nationalism and has built his campaign upon resentment, the kind of which Henry Hazlitt wrote in 1966 in his famous, ‚ÄúMarxism in One Minute.‚ÄĚ Hazlitt wrote:
The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence:¬†Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. (Emphasis mine) –¬†Zerohedge
Over the course of his life Senator Sanders has not only used the political and welfare state in America to further his own ambitions, but he has also used his office to try to propagate the youth into doing the work he never completed as a radical protester during the Civil Rights era. ¬†And rather than showing young Americans how hard work and dedication can take one out of poverty in what was once the greatest nation of opportunity in world history, his goal is now to pass out the 21st century equivalent of Mao’s Little Red Book, and in the end lead the younger generation not into prosperity, but into tearing everyone else down into being equal in misery.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr¬†is¬†a writer for¬†The Daily Economist,¬†Secretsofthefed.com,¬†Roguemoney.net, and¬†Viral Liberty, and hosts¬†the popular¬†youtube podcast¬†on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.¬†Ken can also¬†be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the¬†Angel Clark radio show.