It is Bernie Sanders who is the incremental reformer. Hillary Clinton is a defender of the status quo. Too many people are fooled into thinking their disagreement is about the pace of change.
It is not.
Their disagreement is about whether there should be any change at all and, if so, in what direction.
He wants to limit corporate power. She depends on corporate power, both for her campaign and her personal income.
Nothing Bernie Sanders advocates is radical. Everything he proposes has been tried and worked, either in the USA or abroad.
He wants to enforce anti-trust laws and laws against financial frauds. He wants to restore worker protections and corporate regulations that worked well in the late 20th century. He wants to adopt a version of Canada’s popular and successful Medicare-for-all plan.
He does not—for better or worse—advocate drastic redistribution of wealth and power, only a halt to the growing concentration of wealth. He is not a peace candidate nor a civil liberties candidate, although I think he would be less eager than Clinton to go to war or hunt down whistle-blowers.
Even though the reforms Sanders proposes are popular, Hillary Clinton says they are impossible. She says Sanders is doing people a disservice by encouraging them to hope for the impossible.
Universal health care is “never, ever” going to happen, she says; restoring free tuition at state universities is an example of foolish “free this and free that”, and young people who hope for something better haven’t done the research.
Clinton depends for her income and her campaign funds on the corporate establishment. That establishment is so dead set against even minor reforms that pushing them through will require the equivalent of a political revolution.
Why must the Trump alternative be self-satisfied, complacent Democrats? by Thomas Frank for The Guardian.
Q&A: Thomas Frank on the Democrats’ Disgrace: Abandoning Working-Class Americans for the National Book Review.
Hillary and the Corporate Elite by Paul Street for Counterpunch [added 5/17/2016]
The Coming Democratic Crackup by Robert Parry for Consortiumnews [added 5/17/2016]
Why Democrats Are Becoming the Party of the 1 Percent by T.A. Frank for Vanity Fair.
How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council Gutted Progessivism by Paul Rosenberg for Salon.
Clinton Plans to Run As Smarter Republican Than Trump by Kevin Gosztola for ShadowProof.
Hillary Clinton Goes on Wall Street Fundraising Spree by Dan Wright for ShadowProof.
The Base by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for Boston Review.