A YEAR AGO, WHEN BERNIE SANDERS ANNOUNCED HIS RUN FOR PRESIDENT, few thought his bid would amount to more than a protest campaign. But today, after more than 2 million donors and 400,000 volunteers have helped Sanders build a highly effective political organization that has earned him victories in 18 states so far, activists are strategizing about how to turn his campaign into a long-term movement.Bernie Sanders, the most successful left-progressive candidate of the post-Reagan era. Sanders’ transformative campaign has already created the blueprint for an ongoing movement to rebuild the middle class, overcome the powerful forces aligned against working people in the 21st century and set the country on a course for social and environmental justice. Sanders seeks a radical reconfiguration of American politics and society—and even the revitalization and redemption of the modern revolutionary tradition.But Senator Bernie Sanders’ final moments as a presidential candidate passed as he rose to “suspend the procedural rules” during the count of delegate votes for the nomination at the Democratic National Convention. But as Bernie Sanders said it is not about him it is about the political revolution from the people to the people!
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The live-streamed address was a chance for Sanders to give his passionate supporters an idea of what comes next after the primary season ended with Clinton having clinched the nomination.As Bernie Sanders: “Political revolution must continue”(Video)
So, what exactly is Sanders hoping to change? Many things, of course, and while a Sanders presidency would stake out the most progressive positions ever held by a U.S. president on virtually every major issue facing Americans, it is his core economic policies that would represent the most significant shift, as they would place him in direct conflict with the most entrenched and powerful forces in contemporary America. On this front, Sanders seeks to adjust the laws and policies that set the parameters of how markets, and thus the economy, function in our society by rewriting regulations, taxes and trade deals. But in particular, he wants to reverse those changes made over the past 3 1/2 decades that are informed by the logic of neoliberalism—the prevailing ideology in the U.S. and U.K. since the days of Reagan-Thatcher and embraced in a bipartisan consensus since the Clinton-Blair era.