Why a pending recession should scare every progressive to death…

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I think we can all agree that Trump has been doing his very best to royally fuck up the US (and global) economy. In addition to this, America is currently experiencing its longest period of economic boom in history. In other words: a massive financial crash and subsequent recession are overdue.

Despite this fact, researchers believe the risk of a sudden recession during the year 2019 only lies around 15%. This may sound great until you find out the risk for a big crash increases to 60% between August 2020 and early 2021 (even higher after that).

So, what does that mean? It means that every Bernie/Warren supporter (every progressive) should be scared shitless because there's a good chance the crash will hit at the worst moment imaginable. If the recession comes (shortly) before the elections, it will hurt Bernie in several ways. Firstly, people tend to vote for continuity in leadership during times of crisis (this is a proven fact, it's not my bias). Secondly, the Republicans and the corporate media will both start to mudsling by saying how Bernie wants to ruin the economy even more with his expensive policy ideas ("This is not a time for such pie-in-the-sky proposals!") And thirdly, a significant part of the electorate will buy into this propaganda, especially if centrist establishment Democrats join in and stab Bernie in the back. This may seem unlikely today but when people get into serious financial troubles, it's super easy to scare them out of voting for progressive candidates. These factors may easily cost Bernie the election. However, if the crash hits after the election, things may turn out even worse. Think about it: this is the first progressive president in over 75 years. Incidentally he even calls himself a "socialist". And now what happens? As soon as he steps into the White House, the economy tanks, people lose their jobs, their homes, people can't buy food anymore… everything goes to complete and utter shit. Now you might say: "So what? That's not his fault" but I think you're being to rational for the majority of Americans in that case. Let me remind you that some people still believe Obama caused the Great Recession. Obviously this complete hogwash (it began in August 2007 when Bush was still in office) but people believe it anyways. If this happens, it might end up having long-term consequences on how the American public views progressives. People will say: "we knew it" and "the Republicans were right after all, socialists are horrible". People will be angry, disappointed and for the next 75 years nobody will want to vote for a progressive president again. All the work, the energy and effort would have been for nothing. A crash during Bernie's term would also hinder him from fighting for real change. Instead of being able to push for real change and big reforms he'd be stuck dealing with a broken economy and an angry population. This would be so frustrating and heartbreaking to watch.

However, perhaps the worst part about all of this would be that Trump would once again get off the hook while Bernie would receive all the blame. 20 years later people would remember Trump somewhat fondly, just like some people are nowadays remembering Bush junior fondly who should in reality be tried and imprisoned for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, Bernie would be remembered as the evil socialist who "screwed up the economy when everything was going so well".

Disclaimer: I'm not American, I'm from Western Europe. I do love Bernie though, so these are very serious worries I have. I wonder what you guys think about them.

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Unpopular opinion: We might not achieve progressive goals under one presidency… and why that’s important.

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It’s fully possible that even if Bernie (hopefully!!) becomes President, that there is enough obstruction in Congress to stop our initiatives.

Bernie has been saying this for the longest time. “Not me, Us”. The political revolution. The end goal is not Sanders 2020, the end goal is M4A, free college, Green New Deal, ending US imperialism. Of course Sanders is the best means for these goals at the moment. But what about after he is gone? To get these goals, it will require a lot of us over the next decade to run for office, get elected, and implement policy. This is a war against the corrupt institutions of this country, and the election is just a battle.

This is why the Warren-Sanders conflicts are stupid. If you are more devoted to your candidate than the ideals of democratic socialism and progressivism, we’ve already lost. On the flip side, being a progressive first, in my opinion, shows that there are problems with a Warren presidency at the moment (namely, her failure to target the Military-Industrial complex), and that Bernie is the man of the moment. But I don’t think anyone here wouldnt sleep comfortably over a Warren-Sanders ticket.

Stand for the ideas. Stand for the long term goals. Not for the candidates.

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Bernie vs other “progressive” candidate

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Bernie's staff is not full of Hillary alums & CAP alums. He is not being propped up by the establishment / Podesta / Neera Tanden to take down Bernie. He actually threatens the jobs of the Washington liberal elite & is not pro imperialism, pro charter, anti m4a, pro aipac, etc. He is not dishonest and untrustworthy and is not disingenuous ( no beer stunts or green imperialism ).

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The easy answer for Sanders over Warren, and how to get 16 years of an unapologetic Progressive Agenda (this is not a smear of Warren)

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The easy answer is that this is realistically Sanders last chance at Presidency, and whether or not you think Warren has better plans to enact progressive policy, Sanders carved the path for the Progressive movement and made politicians like AOC possible without the shackles of big money.

8 years of Sanders, then 8 for Warren, will have nearly two decades of Progressive Policy that could tramsform this Nations future.

Sanders also has the best conservative out reach of any candidate, he can beat Trump easily.

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Why Bernie Sanders is the only real hope for progressive politics (and why the establishment hates him)

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A progressive agenda cannot be implemented without taking on the powerful vested interests. No matter how good the policy proposals a candidate puts forward, they are useless unless they can be enacted into laws.

Watch this recent interview with Bernie Sanders on TYT here. When asked how are you going to deal with obstruction from establishment leaders in Congress, from both parties, Bernie responded by saying he is not going to sit in the Oval office. He will be an activist President constantly campaigning across the country, particularly in the states of the Senators and House members who oppose policies like Medicare for all. He will rally the people to make sure the government is not owned by a few rich donors and build a mass movement.

Bernie is right now going to Walmart shareholders meeting to demand the employees a chair in the corporate board. He is joining striking workers across the country.

This is the main difference between him and the other candidates, even the apparently progressive ones like Elizabeth Warren. They are just running an election campaign. Remember that Obama had millions of volunteers signed up to him when he became President. But he disbanded all that organization and started negotiating with the establishment in Washington DC. The same will happen with the rest of the Democratic candidates (at least the top ones). You cannot cozy up to these bought and paid for politicians and try to bargain with them. You have to bully them non-stop, they lose all their influence and status when they lose their precious Senate and House seats, and you have to threaten them with that.

So Bernie, in contrast, is trying to spearhead a political revolution that happens through a mass movement of individual citizens, with an unprecedented participation not only in elections but through rallies, demonstrations, strikes, meetings, discussions and so on. Nobody has the experience or determination to go to the people and put the pressure of the people on political leaders to counter the effect of the establishment lobbies. This is why he is the only real hope for progressive politics at present. This is exactly the reason the establishment hates him. From his time as mayor of Burlington he never compromised on principles and fought tooth and nail for them. And this is exactly the reason everyone should stand behind him. www.mosdem.org

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