I agree that Hedges can seem quite the downer, plus his call for taking it to the streets, while it sounds inspiring, simply fails to catch the zeitgeist. The masses of Americans who are bitter at how they're being stripped of their as sets and their rights, have not reached a point of desperation to overcome their inate fear of reprisals if they turn really radical, as the anti-war or civil rights movements of the past did.
That said, and I say this as a journalist who has been supporting Sanders in his audacious challenge to the oligarchs and to the corrupt Neoliberal establishment controlling the Democratic Party, Bernie has to look into his soul and realize that after all the good work he's done in the face of a corporate media that has been working 24/7 to ignore, diminish, demonize and ultimately again ignore him, and in the face of a candidate, Hillary Clinton, who was happy to lie over and over about him, he cannot in good conscience turn around and support her if, through all this corruption, ends up winning the Democratic nomination. He MUST walk away from her and her campaign, and the party that for all these years he has avoided joining.
He has begun the work of organizing a new progressive movement. He has made the word socialism respectable again in US political discourse -- no mean feat! -- and he has activated a new generation. But it will all be for naught if he then tells all those who voted for him in the primaries that it's okay to ultimately give their votes to a woman who is a handservant of the banksters, the monopolistic drug companies, the world-killing energy industry and the truly villainous arms merchants. NO! He must tell them he's decided to run an independent campaign, or he needs to tell them to vote Green, and to offer himself as a candidate, either at the top or as running made, to Jill Stein, bringing his supporters and his funds with him.
This is a revolutionary moment in the US, and Sanders has shown he can raise the money needed to mount an outsider campaign. Either option could succeed in a three-way race where two of the most widely loathed candidates ever to have faced a national electorate -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump -- are in the mix.
Revolutions must have principles at their core, and voting for a war-mongering, greed-obsessed, lying and unprincipled narcissist like Hillary Clinton is to have no principles whatever, and would spell the death of Bernie's "revolution."
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