In Rebuke to Trumpian Division and Authoritarianism, Bernie Sanders Champions ‘Unity’ and ‘Common Humanity’ in Visionary Speech

In Rebuke to Trumpian Division and Authoritarianism, Bernie Sanders Champions ‘Unity’ and ‘Common Humanity’ in Visionary Speech

There is currently a struggle of enormous consequence taking place in the United States and throughout the world,” Sanders declared in his speech. “In it we see two competing visions. On one hand, we see a growing worldwide movement toward authoritarianism, oligarchy, and kleptocracy. On the other side, we see a movement toward strengthening democracy, egalitarianism, and economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.”

Sanders continued by drawing a picture in which an increasingly wealthy and powerful set of elites—not just in the U.S., but in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, South America, Asia, and elsewhere—are actively fomenting anti-democratic angst while butressed by the rise of “demagogues” who, like Trump domestically, “exploit people’s fears, prejudices and grievances to gain and hold on to power.”

In response to such forces, argued Sanders, “Those of us who believe in democracy, who believe that a government must be accountable to its people and not the other way around, must understand the scope of this challenge if we are to confront it effectively.”

via Common Dreams In Rebuke to Trumpian Division and Authoritarianism, Bernie Sanders Champions ‘Unity’ and ‘Common Humanity’ in Visionary Speech

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