Bernie's Radical Past: What Kind of Socialist is He?

Blog Post - Bernie's Radical Past: What Kind of Socialist is He?

We hear often in the media and on the campaign trail from Donald Trump’s adversaries about his less than conservative positions on eminent domain, health care, late-term abortions, bank bailouts and support of various left-wing candidates.

We hear an awful lot of Hillary’s past indiscretions, though, as a former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, who ran for president 8 years ago, that should be of little surprise.

What is surprising (not really) is how little we hear about Bernie’s past and his support for “radical change” and a “political revolution.” It seems the left is always running from it’s own history, whether that be progressive support for segregation, Jim Crow, scientific racism, internment of American citizens, participation in World War I, eugenics, etc.

The NYT reports that in 1963, Sanders was a guest of “Hashomer Hatzair, a Marxist youth movement founded by communist Ya’akov Hazan.” Hazan, eulogizing Stalin proclaimed, “His huge historical achievements will guide generations in their march toward the reign of socialism and communism the world over” (Investors).

The NYT reports on Sander’s specific camp/movement:

“the kibbutz was founded in Romania in 1929 and established in pre-state Israel in 1935. It saw the Soviet Union as a model, and often flew the red flag at outdoor events. Volunteers like Mr. Sanders would have internalized a political imperative to improve the lot of other…”

Hazan, the camp’s leader, has been quoted as calling Stalin “a great leader and extolled commander” (Investors). I know what you’re thinking: that was a long time ago, right?

In the 70s and 80s he called for the government takeover of private businesses and government seizure of private wealth.

In 1985, in a letter to the Sandinistas, he lauded their movement as a “heroic revolution” while claimed the US engaging in “terrorist activities” (Investors).

In 1989, he addressed the US Peace Council, a known Communist Party USA front group, that swore an oath to “the triumph of Soviet power in the US” (Discover…)

I posted a piece on Unbiased America a a few days back proving the failure of socialism in Venezuela, many people made the claim; ‘Bernie doesn’t want to take over industries, it’s not that kind of socialism!”

I provided you with the evidence and I’ll let you decide. What kind is he?

-Will Ricciardella

 


Sources:

http://www.investors.com/…/bernie-sanders-democratic-socia…/

http://www.nytimes.com/…/politi…/bernie-sanders-kibbutz.html

http://www.theguardian.com/…/bernie-sanders-profile-democra…

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp…

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.701513

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