July 20, 2019

The Most Radical 2020 Candidate

“Has the Democratic Party really gone off the radical deep end?

It sometimes sounds like it from their fiery rhetoric, and the broad embrace of expansive visions like the Green New Deal. But in fact, the overwhelming majority of the serious candidates — Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris and Corey Booker — are traditional progressive reformers who would fall well within the recent Democratic mainstream. They have a variety of plans and proposals to solve America’s problems, but none have leveled a deep and fundamental critique of the way American society is organized.

A truly radical critique has really been articulated only by three major candidates. Two are well-known: Senators Sanders and Warren. These New England senators see America’s political economy as fundamentally corrupted by powerful corporate interests that have eaten away at the commonwealth. Fixing America’s problems, therefore, requires a fundamental rethinking of how that political economy works.”

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