As I have aged I have been radicalized by the rise of Neo-Liberalism from Reagan, to the stolid iteration of that trans-generational swindle exercised by Obama. I am a Democratic Socialist and have reached my tolerance level for an utterly bankrupt utopianism, dubbed Neo-Liberalism and promoted by Hayek/Mises/Friedman and my personal favorite the notorious sociopath Ayn Rand. And the rise of the New Democrats: the Clintons and their epigones.
For a revelatory history of that misbegotten ‘idea/construct’ see Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos from MIT Press.
I am disappointed with Sander’s loss! But, as he has said on many occasions, this is not primarily about him but about building a movement within the Democratic Party. To put it simply it is about re-invigorating the New Deal tradition in the Party, and to, there is no other way to put this, my thought only, to purge the Neo-Liberals out of the party, or at the least to supplant their capture of the Party apparatus. Those Neo-Liberals can rebuild the Republican Party which is committing a protracted mass suicide. Hillary’s unsparing bellicosity and her kowtowing to Netanyahu belong elsewhere!
What to expect at the convention: there will be a knockdown drag out on BDS. Cuomo has fired the first salvo with his decree, and Zogby and West will wage a battle in the Rules Committee on the very question of Free Speech, and the ugly McCarthyite techniques of Hillary and her political surrogates: it will get ugly! And then the Myth of The Bernie Bros. will be exercised in a Convention surrounded by demonstrators and Network and Cable television to exploit the situation.Those Bernie supporters will be pissed about the high handedness of the Clinton operatives, who traded on bad faith and their ruthless control of the party apparatus, that will contribute to a tinderbox political environment! Will it be Chicago 1968? The media, like Viacom Hack Leslie Moonves, are looking for an exploitable political event, to sell more toilet paper and hemorrhoid cream, its all about television’s aging demographic. One can only hope for the appearance of toxic Ayrian princess Megyn Kelly, along with ‘Fox News’ sidekick Megyn McCain, whose career was built on nepotism. It will be Hillary, Meg & Meg the very dregs of the by now sclerotic Feminist Revolution. And, as usual, AIPAC stooge Wolf Blitzer will chair the CNN coverage, a great deal to look forward to. As my favorite media critic and Murdoch biographer/hagiographer Michael Wolff would say, Great Television! Have I been too harsh? Probably not harsh enough.