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Revolution won’t go away

Most of the Beltway pundits seem eager to write Bernie Sanders’ political obituary. Dana Milbank (March 16) points to a Gallup Poll saying 87 percent of us are “satisfied in our personal lives,” therefore Sanders’ call for a political revolution is falling on deaf ears.

Indeed, most Americans ought to feel relatively fortunate upon viewing TV images of the wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and north and central Africa and the unrelenting exodus of refugees from these hellish conflicts. Compared to these, our own problems appear manageable.

But many who are feeling the Bern are young people for whom climate change is a stark, imminent reality that will affect their lives in similarly hellish ways (see Naomi Klein’s well-researched book, “This Changes Everything”). Not to mention other issues that are evidently more visible to the young, such as unreasonable student debt and the growing inequities of capitalist economics.

Do not expect the demand for political revolution to go away, regardless of who is the Democratic nominee.

Robert Helmick

Rathdrum


 

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