The more pragmatic you are, the more you should feel the Bern

There is a great article by Christopher Cook on The Atlantic which everyone who thinks that Bernie Sanders is not a viable candidate should read.

Clinton’s most persistent attack—parroted by mainstream media—claims that Sanders’s agenda is perhaps laudable but unrealistic. Moderation is more effective, she claims. However, this is a misreading of American politics and factual comparisons of the candidates’ track records.

According to Clinton, the more moderate you are, the easier would be for you to get things done. However, this is not how politics works.

In politics, if you demand a mile, you get a foot; demand a moderate inch, and at best, you get a centimeter.

History shows that political and social change emanate from persistent pressure—organizing and arguing for a more just world, not settling for what is deemed “realistic” before getting to the negotiating table. Remember when gay rights and gay marriage were “unrealistic”? Remember when voting rights, desegregation, and other basic justice were far from “pragmatic”? They became real through years of dedicated, principled, idealism—by insisting the unrealistic become real.

Here’s the link to the whole article:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/the-pragmatic-case-for-bernie-sanders/462720/

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